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Le Coq d’Or : Les Saisons Russes du XX1e Siècle


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Natalia Savelieva - Queen of Shamakha
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Set from DanceTabs: Le Coq d’Or : Les Saisons Russes du XX1e Siècle
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Les Saisons Russes Diaghilev Festival at London Coliseum

 

I went to see the opening last night and had a terrific time seeing something very different - the opera ballet Le Coq d’Or (The Golden Cockerel) - as pictured above.

There are 2 more performances (then the rep changes) - tonight and tomorrow and I think any jaded ballet lover would find this a tonic. If you like 'Looney Tunes' cartoons and opera and/or ballet this is for you! Booking page:
http://www.eno.org/whats-on/other/le-coq-dor

Jann Parry has just rather enthusiastically reviewed for DanceTabs:
http://dancetabs.com/2014/07/les-saisons-russes-natalia-sats-opera-ballet-le-coq-dor-golden-cockerel-london/

Background to the London season and Le Coq d’Or can be found in an iv by Graham Watts:
http://dancetabs.com/2014/06/andris-liepa-and-georgy-isaakyan-bringing-diaghilev-back-recreating-the-russian-seasons/


Finally there was earlier discussion in News about the season:
http://www.balletcoforum.com/index.php?/topic/6393-russian-seasons-london-coliseum-july-2014/

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I still could not find any names of the Russian Seasons’ performers on the Coliseum’s website.


Asked the company’s director who is dancing in “Sheherazade” at the Sunday gala and was told that Yulia Makhalina will dance Zobeide:


 


http://www.google.co.uk/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=yulia+makhalina&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gfe_rd=cr&ei=ES-9U-DuL4fR8gfCooDIAQ


 


and Artem Yachmennikov will dance the Golden Slave:


http://www.google.co.uk/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=artem+Yachmennikov&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gfe_rd=cr&ei=ry69U7PyCYPR8ge8qoHwBg

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The season programme has the casting in for all the ballets - unfortunately I don't have the time to transcribe or take pics. Sorry... but if somebody else does the info is there.

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The music, stylish singers, enthusiastic dancers, the quality of performance and design were excellent last night. However, I heard from someone: What a silly story! Not at all, in my view. If one knows this story, especially with its subcurrent and connotations, it is thoroughly enjoyable to follow and watch.


 


What a pity that this production was not advertised properly in schools!


This kind of performance is a sure way to introduce young viewers to opera - through dance, movement and action.


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