Voices From Russia, Too

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

24 August 2011. The Russian National Ballet Troupe “Kostroma”

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Editor’s Foreword:

It’s very difficult finding downloadable videos of this troupe’s performances… there are only a few short snippets commonly available. That’s all that’s available, I fear.

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Editor’s Afterword:

The Kostroma ensemble is more of a “folk” and not a “classical” troupe. That is, its dancing style is more derived from folklore models than it is from the canons of classic choreography laid down by Marius Petipa and Michel Fokine. In many ways, “folk ballet” is more accessible than the classical ballet (which depends more on sophisticated characterisation and aesthetics). Certainly, it’s more “athletic” (even though ballet of all sorts is more strenuous than most sports)… it’s more “electric”, but it’s at the loss of a certain subtlety (but that’s only detectable by the cognoscenti, who don’t hold it as a blemish, for one doesn’t expect one thing to be another). It’s “plainer” than the “artistic” forms of the Bolshoi or the Mariinsky, but it’s just as demanding on the performers. I don’t have prejudice for either the folk or the classical ballet… both forms are self-contained with their own intrinsic canons and conventions. There’s some overlap, of course, but, generally speaking, a classical performer doesn’t move into the folk sphere, and vice versa. Each is a cultural adornment in its proper space.

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