Saturday, 9 November 2013

State Ballet Academy of Belarus perform Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker Suite' Exmouth Pavilion Friday 8 November 2013 A thrilling report from Natasha Iuchanka

Artistic Director

    1.  The Flower Dance . . .
In Exmouth Pavilion, November 7 - they were just in the middle of their month tour through the whole UK. They (30 students age 15-17) represented here the art of Ballet Dance they'd been trained in the State Ballet Academy of Minsk.
The Pavilion hall was full.

2.  . . .   
The audience was thrilled and applause filled any possible break between scenes changes, and especially long applause being done at every Act's end! It was mostly adult spectators, but some of them brought their children, and the way that children were dressed(!) and looked, you'll unmistakably conclude: they are dancers!

3.  . . .   
They are already practicing this magnificent art of Ballet Technique, which you if you dream about some kind of an accomplishment in Classic Ballet genre you'd better start, I think age 6-(!?) it's a regular and the best time to start to start this, actually, very hard, tough job if you want to be at the Ballet Stage! So, the earlier-the better!

4.  . . .   
I couldn't resist my temptation to ask some of these beautiful little girls and their proud parents and grandparents: "Are you gonna be... a ballerina?"; or: "Do you like this what happens on the stage?" The answer was just sparking, exciting eyes, full of inspiration!...and the same happy and proud faces of their family members surrounded their prodigies-they were the answers!

5.  . . .   
There was P. I. Tchaikovky's "Nutcracker" on the stage - the unmistakable choice for all places, or for all times of the year, but of course, especially for oncoming Christmas time. I wouldn't be surprised, considering the age of students of Academy of Ballet, that they will do just some scenes from this famous work, and that will be pretty enough!

But it was full Ballet done, by full score of Tchaikovsky music and Petipa choreography,...with all beautiful costumes and decorations generously changes, with all accuracy of quiet "dancing dialogs", with every gesture and look and posture of genre or style change, depending on the next hero appearance or act diversion.

6.  . . .   
Many further verbal depictions of the beautiful Art of Classic Ballet in action are doomed to fail; any words here, I think, are hopeless: it should be seen and heard alive! Seen and heard(!), since a music of composers like Tchaikovsky stopped been just accompaniment to different dancers rhythms, speeds in styles, but became a story teller on her own, sophisticated and abstract music language putting on the more psychological, artistic nuances and senses , music of Ballet became once on her own "the sound fairy tale reality"!

7.  . . . Beautiful!       
I mean, that sometimes, after seen stage ballet performance it's enough, sometimes, just to hear on radio the orchestra playing episode and the whole picture of what happened on the stage easily will come to your mind imagination! That's the best thing that could happen with everyone who, at least, once in his life has had that kind of experience.

With art-works like "Nutcracker," whenever you hear any of fragments of this genial music score your imagination revives and becomes more powerful.

8. Konstantin Belohvostik
is a Prince
Pervana Mirodova

is Marie
There I've done some pictures for you to see--just to feel the atmosphere of action.

1-7: The end of the famous Flowers Waltz ......

8. Konstantin Belohvostik as a Prince
    with Pervana Miradova as Marie  .....

9. After the performance
the dancers are changed
and ready to meet Natsha
in just five minutes.
9. After performance --- they changed in 5 min! Such a well organized boys and girls! What a discipline! It's already a professional performers very important feature!

10. Everybody is ready to the next place! (including that very-very busy Artistic Director Inesa Dyshkevich! (Actually, a very big name in Belarus Ballet Culture! And not only in Belarus! Been in touring in England in 1989 she was rated as the of 5 the best world ballerinas!! Now-she teaches these young people....and it was a hard job to catch up with her and take a picture --- you see, everything in a movement!)

10. Ready to hit the road!
So there is the Honourable Artist of Republic of Belarus, I n e s a   D y s h c k e v i t c h !!! ... and it's she in the one of her "archives". [headline photo]

From the programme:
Alexandra Derevyanuk
is Little Marie
Some of very important young performers names must be also mentioned when we are talking about the whole thing! Firstly, it's Little Marie, whom with the whole famous Hoffman fairy tale starts and finishes. A 15 year old Alexandra Derevyanuk, (having not understudy to her role, like all others), did a very touching image and was a real little heroine! Here you can see her picture in a booklet,(better than doing my shots in a darkness of a backstage!)

There also must be pictures of other fantastic performers of this show, like Vladislav Zurov as a Drosselmeyer -- I'm sorry I haven't manage to take! And the others, like Ludmila Porechnih, as Marie, like Artem Bankovsky , as another Prince understudy --- both did a wonderful job with their parts, as people who've seen them said, and The Art. Director Inesa Dyshkevich appraised!

Ken and Natasha meet
Tour Manager
Irina Barisevich
I would put the name of each one of all 30 handsome young men of this wonderful cast, for they were the team, the crew, they done inspired work as a professional theatre cast only can do! They all were one piece: sensitively and precisely organized.

And the Vice-Director of Ballet Academy, Irina Barisevich, also the Tour Manager, must put the whole good discipline of all big group, to her account and honour! There is a short story of Nutcracker in Exmouth Pavilion this year (121 year after first performance in St. Petersburg!) I cannot resist to share with you just one more image, a Souvenir from the State Ballet Academy performers and Directors, the very sentimental thing to me!

Kenneth Frewer & Natasha Iuchanka
Inesa Dyshkevich

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