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helena

03-09-01, 09:11 PM (GMT)
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   ok sorry people but this is going to be a very dumb question but i hope someone will be able to help!!
i was watching an pld video of the farewell covent garden gala and saw a wonderfull peice danced by mukmedov and durante ..i think the name was something like Diane and acitane??!!
could anyone tell me the choreogrepher or anything else about it!!
sorry..this will probably turn out to be some wildly famous ballet that i somehow have never heard of!!


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  RE: a very low moment Isobel Houghton 03-09-01 1
     RE: a very low moment Jim 03-09-01 2
         RE: a very low moment lara 03-09-01 3
             RE: a very low moment helena 03-09-01 4
                 RE: a very low moment Jim 03-09-01 5
  RE: a very low moment Caz 04-09-01 6
     RE: a very low moment Caz 05-09-01 7
         RE: a very low moment Jim 05-09-01 8

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Isobel Houghton

03-09-01, 09:44 PM (GMT)
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   The Diana and Actaeon pdd, with music by Cesare Pugni, was choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev after Agrippina Vaganova, for himself and Svetlana Beriosova as a piece d'occasion for NBC television as part of the Bell hour series.

It's first performance was actually in the NBC tv studios in Brooklyn NY. The first showing in the west was the televised transmission on 7th of October 1963.


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Jim

03-09-01, 10:02 PM (GMT)
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   > this is going to be a very dumb question

I don't think it's a dumb question, I bet there are many who couldn't answer without looking it up first

Also known as Diane et Actéon, original choreography, I believe, by Vaganova.


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lara

03-09-01, 10:04 PM (GMT)
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   ...and is part of the archived repertory of ABT


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helena

03-09-01, 10:42 PM (GMT)
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   thanx a lot!! do you have any opinions on it.....i really admired its great powerfulness and vigour im sure mostly because of the wonderfull dancing!!


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Jim

03-09-01, 10:57 PM (GMT)
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   Helena, if you'd like to know more about the story, try here:

http://www.mythology.com/dianaactaeon.html


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Caz

04-09-01, 01:21 AM (GMT)
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   I thought it originally comes from 'La Esmeralda' (based on 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'). The original choreography was by Perrot with music by Pugni. The Diana and Acteon pdd was added in a later version produced by Petipa, with music I think by Drigo. The choreography performed today is based on a later version by Vaganova.

I have no idea in what way the pdd is related to the 'Hunchback' story...


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Caz

05-09-01, 00:43 AM (GMT)
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   Now I think about it, not only is it a bit weird to find the Diana and Acteon pdd in a ballet based on 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame', but the pdd also seems to have nothing much to do with the Greek legend...

Anyone got any idea why it was in 'La Esmeralda' and what it's all about?


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Jim

05-09-01, 03:34 AM (GMT)
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   >the pdd also seems to have
>nothing much to do with
>the Greek legend...

Yes, I agree. There's loads of paintings e.g. by Titian (National Gallery of Scotland), Tiziano, Cesari, Sassu and (my fave) Gainsborough, all based on the Greek myth with the hapless Actaeon spying Diana (aka Artemis) bathing in a stream "unparalelled". It seems to me that to turn the poor guy into a stag (to be munched by his own hounds) is a pretty severe penalty for peeping at her with her kit off, even if she is "laving her virginal limbs". There is no way she ever consented to dance with him (she only splashed water in his face) and so if the pas de deux is indeed based on this myth, it is taking some liberty with the original storyline. Hmmmm.


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