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15 hours ago, adrian1982 said:

When I saw the Bolshoi's Spartacus last year I couldn't help but compare it to the RBs production from many years ago performed in London. 


I don’t think that the RB has ever performed Spartacus!

 

16 hours ago, Rachel H said:

. It was fascinating to see the company perform in a different setting, and to a new audience. It seemed to be very well received 🙂


I agree that seeing one’s ‘home’ company - or, indeed, an individual artist one ‘knows’ well - perform in different surroundings is very interesting.

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48 minutes ago, capybara said:


I don’t think that the RB has ever performed Spartacus!

 


I agree that seeing one’s ‘home’ company - or, indeed, an individual artist one ‘knows’ well - perform in different surroundings is very interesting.

 

But maybe it's a memory of the Bolshoi performing Spartacus at ROH in 1986.  I've certainly never forgotten a happy Saturday afternoon!

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The Bolshoi occasionally bring Gregorovich's Spartacus to Covent Garden when they come to London but the ballet has never been performed by the Royal Ballet and no one in their right mind would ever contemplate acquiring it for the company. It is said that in the 1990's when the Royal Ballet School seemed to be  awash with Russian teachers Dowell had occasion to comment that the school was producing male dancers who could dance Spartacus,which was not in the company's repertory, but that they had trouble dancing works which were. I seem to recall that at one point Carlos Acosta appeared as a guest with the Bolshoi in Russia and danced Spartacus.  Perhaps that is how you have come to connect the ballet with the company. 

 

I am no fan of Katchachurian. His score for Spartacus is accessible in the same way that a Korngold film score is, and as with a film score, in Gregorovich 's version of the ballet the music seems to be used as an accompaniment intended to heighten the action and emotion depicted on stage rather than the engine apparently propelling the narrative to its conclusion. Fortunately although Gregorovich's bombastic version is probably the best known or, at least, the most ubiquitous he is not the only choreographer to have created a ballet using the score. Yakobson also made a version of the ballet in which Plisetskaya created the role of Phrygia. The Mariinsky revived that version some ten years ago . The clips from rehearsal footage which float around on You tube combined with Plisetskaya's  own enthusiasm for the work suggest that it is far more interesting than Gregorovich's version. But then she had a low opinion of both the Gregorovich version of the ballet and of the man himself.

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Carlos Acosta did dance Spartacus in London in the fabulous Bolshoi season at the London Coliseum in 2006 or 2007. That was also the season we saw Osipova /Vasiliev debut in Don Q together. Those were the days! 

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1 hour ago, FLOSS said:

The Bolshoi occasionally bring Gregorovich's Spartacus to Covent Garden when they come to London but the ballet has never been performed by the Royal Ballet and no one in their right mind would ever contemplate acquiring it for the company.

 

This is going a bit off-topic but I'm curious as to what the expert opinion is on reasons why Spartacus shouldn't be done by the RB? WHen I saw the Bolshoi do it at the ROH last summer I couldn't really imagine the RB doing it but that's just my very inexpert instinct so I'd like to know if there are actual concrete reasons?

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All done.  Best of luck with your project, Adrian.  

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Yes you are all absolutely right. I recall working some shifts in Covent Garden where Acosta danced in Spartacus somewhere around 2007/08 and assumed it was the RB but it was the Bolshoi visiting with him as the invited lead. Good point!

 

Thanks so much for your contribution to the survey! I am astounded by the amount of responses and quality of the data we captured within a week. I will have a busy few months ahead of me putting the paper together but got some truly excellent material to work with. Thanks again for your time!

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Dear adrian1982

 

I do hope it will eventually be possible to share your results with us on the Forum?

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