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Monday, January 22, 2018

“Swan” begins with a black tutu Plisetskaya

…Black bundle of Maya Plisetskaya, boots and costume items first of Prince Siegfried, the ballet shoes dancers, sheet music, rare photographs and many other things presented at the exhibition dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the premiere of “Swan lake” at the Museum “Tchaikovsky and Moscow”.

Photo: Press service of the all-Russian Museum Association of musical culture named after M. I. Glinka.

A considerable exhibition of about 100 artifacts: musical manuscripts, posters, photographs of artists, porcelain figurines, masks and tiaras. All the exhibits are collected from various sources: this collection of the Glinka Museum, the Museum of the Bolshoi theater, as well as items from the personal collections of ballerina Elena’s Look and the artist-photographer Larissa Pedenchuk.

At the entrance you are greeted by a large screen — it will tell about work of the composer of music for the ballet, the premiere at the Bolshoi theatre, which took place on 20 February 1877 and failed, on the new birth of ballet in St. Petersburg, after a whole twenty years after the Moscow performances.

— Costumes can trace the evolution of the image of Odette–Odile, which was represented by Agrippina Vaganova, Maya Plisetskaya, Elena Ryabinkina and other ballerinas from the Bolshoi and Mariinsky theatres, — told “MK” the organizers — each of the choreographers in the ballet brought a new ideological conception of Tchaikovsky. For example, the St. Petersburg choreographers Petipa and Ivanov has replaced the tragic end of a happy ending, after several times changed the musical numbers, but Yuri Grigorovich, on the contrary, closer to the initial design. These interpretations you can see in the photos of the dancers in sketches of scenery and personal things of artists.

Guests will see a black tutu she wore Maya Plisetskaya, two versions of the suit of Prince Siegfried, embroidered with a gold border. Suits in excellent condition, although, of course, several times sutured to measure artists.

Photo: Press service of the all-Russian Museum Association of musical culture named after M. I. Glinka.

Those who have a musical education, will be interesting to see the autograph score of the ballet and his arrangement for piano. Surprising, but still preserved the unique Moscow posters that date back to the premiere staging.

— That St. Petersburg’s photographs of the actors all survived is a great success, and now they, along with many sketches of scenery and costumes adorn the walls of the jubilee exhibition.

Here really dazzled — it is impossible to identify the most important objects: they all have their own history, which is inextricably linked with the life of “Swan lake”. The fate of the ballet on the main stage of Moscow and St. Petersburg, as stated in the full title of the exhibition, can be traced in all the details that the Museum was able to gather in one place. It is from such “little things” in our eyes born again of the legendary ballet.


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