CARMEN SUITE, PAQUITA

Music by Bizet - Shchedrin and Ludwig Minkus

Duration - CARMEN SUITE 0:50 PAQUITA 1:00 / 2:20 with one intermission
CARMEN SUITE, PAQUITA

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CARMEN-SUITE
The ballet of the Sofia Opera presents the famous work “Carmen-Suite”, written by the composer Rodion Schedrin – a marvellous interpretation of Georges Bizet’s music of genius.

The ballet “Carmen-Suite” was created specially for the great Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, choreographer and stage director is Alberto Alonso, and its premiere was at the Bolshoi Theatre in April 1967. More than forty years ago, this spectacle was shown also on the Sofia stage, at the guest-performance of the National Ballet of Cuba. In the role of Carmen incorporated herself another great ballerina – Alicia Alonso.

What is the story of this ballet work?
One evening the National Ballet of Cuba was on a guest-performance in Moscow. When she saw the performance of “El salar” by Alberto Alonso, Maya Plisetskaya understood right away that this was the choreographer, able to stage “Carmen” in a different, untraditional way, escaping from the mawkish pseudo Spanish style of the ballet classic.

She found herself behind the curtain, eager to meet the Maestro. She saw Alberto and turned directly to him with the words: “Would you like to make “Carmen”? For me.” He exclaimed: “How did you read my thoughts? This is my dream!” About Maya Plisetskaya Alberto Alonso said that she was the 100 percent Carmen – a real personification of rebelliousness and irreconcilability. Maya Plisetskaya herself in not one or two interviews shared that for her it was the role of her life; something more – in it she input a political message: the character is a symbol of the free personality, leading a fatal fight with the authorities of that time. Not less difficult than the fight with the Soviet culture bearers was the search of music. After the refusal by Shostakovich and Khachaturian, the composer Rodion Schedrin (Maya Plisetskaya‘с husband) created the orchestration, inspired by the rehearsals.

This way Mérimée‘s moving plot and the depth of feelings in Bizet’s opera acquired a philosophical touch in the ballet-suite. “Carmen” is an amazing quintessence of passionate emotions and strong characters, expressed through the content of the short novel and the music by the composers.

PAQUITA
The spectacle is performed with variations on Ludwig Minkus’s music and Marius Petipa’s choreography.

First staging by J. Mazilier at Grande Opéra. Georges Ellie, Paris, 1846.

Premiere
The premiere of the 2-act spectacle took place on 1 April 1846 in Paris in the Grande Opéra theatre; ballet master J. Mazilier, set designers R. Filastre, Ch. Cambon, P. Lieterl, Т.G. Sechan, Е. Deplechen.

Lucien Petipa; in the role of Inigo – Pirson.

At the Paris Opera the ballet was triumphing till 1851, while there was working the performer of the title part Carlotta Grisi (after that she departed to her husband the ballet master Jules Perrot in Russia, where she received a two-seasons contract and where among the performed parts was also Paquita).

Further productions
Vadim Budarin, Nina Soldun, Ina Korneyeva – “Pas-de-trois” from “Paquita”, the Ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre in the 1950-s or the 1960-s

Since then the ballet was repeatedly revived on the stages of different musical theatres.

Several productions were created by Rudolf Nureyev. In 1964 he produced this ballet for the English Royal Dance Academy, then in 1970 – for the Italian theatre “La scala”, in 1971 Nureyev transferred his version in two theatres: the Vienna State Opera and in the company of the American Ballet Theatre in New York.

In the Soviet period in the USSR the ballet was staged by the ballet masters K.F. Boyarsky (1957), P.A. Gusev (1972), N.A. Dolgushin (1974), O.M. Vinogradov (1978), T.N. Legat (1987, Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre), etc.

Destiny of Marius Petipa’s choreography
The ballet version in Marius Petipa’s staging didn’t fail. It was preserved by N.G. Sergeyev, who wrote down in the beginning of the ХХth century the ballet repertoire of the Petersburg’s Imperial Company with the system of choreographic recording of his pedagogue V.I. Stepanov. Departing in emigration, N.G. Sergeyev carried away with him all his notes and used them many times by his own, producing ballet spectacles on different stages, where life drew him. In 1922-1924 N.G. Sergeyev was ballet master of the Riga Music Theatre and produced there according to his notes several spectacles, including “Paquita”. Today his collection is stored in the USA, in the library of the Harvard University, and it is accessible for all ballet artists.

In 2000, after these notes Marius Petipa’s redaction was restored by Pierre Lacotte for the Paris Grande Opéra. This way the ballet came back, not in its initial appearance, but in the redaction of Marius Petipa – on the stage, on which started its history.

Music

Georges Bizet
Composer

Georges Bizet

Rodion Shchedrin
Composer

Rodion Shchedrin

Ludwig Minkus
Composer

Ludwig Minkus

14.04.2022 / 19:00

Marta Petkova
CARMEN

Marta Petkova

Emil Yordanov
ESCAMILLO

Emil Yordanov

Rumen Bonev
ZUNIGA

Rumen Bonev

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Boryana Petrova
Paquita - Soloist (for the first time)

Boryana Petrova

Tsetso Ivanov
PAQUITA - SOLOIST

Tsetso Ivanov

Vyara Ivancheva
PAS DE TROIS

Vyara Ivancheva

Kristian Manev
PAS DE TROIS (For the first time)

Kristian Manev

Maria Yordanova
For the first time - Variation

Maria Yordanova

Polina Ivanova
For the first time - Variation

Polina Ivanova

Ralitsa Ilieva
For the first time - Variation

Ralitsa Ilieva

Agnes Kiehl
For the first time - Variation

Agnes Kiehl

Amanda Roha
For the first time - Variation

Amanda Roha

17.04.2022 / 16:00

Marta Petkova
CARMEN

Marta Petkova

Emil Yordanov
ESCAMILLO

Emil Yordanov

Rumen Bonev
ZUNIGA

Rumen Bonev

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Boryana Petrova
PAQUITA - SOLOIST

Boryana Petrova

Tsetso Ivanov
PAQUITA - SOLOIST

Tsetso Ivanov

Vyara Ivancheva
PAS DE TROIS

Vyara Ivancheva

Kristian Manev
PAS DE TROIS

Kristian Manev

Maria Yordanova
Variation

Maria Yordanova

Polina Ivanova
Variation

Polina Ivanova

Ivanina Ivanova
For the first time - Variation

Ivanina Ivanova

Debora Tosheva
For the first time - Variation

Debora Tosheva

Agnes Kiehl
Variation

Agnes Kiehl

Amanda Roha
Variation

Amanda Roha

Production team:

Marius Petipa
Choreography - PAQUITA

Marius Petipa

Alberto Alonso
Choreographer and director /"CARMEN-SUITE"/

Alberto Alonso

Sonia Alonso
Assistant choreographer /"CARMEN-SUITE"/

Sonia Alonso

Andrey Galanov
Conductor

Andrey Galanov

Boryan Belchev
Scenography

Boryan Belchev

Alexandar Alexandrov
Artistic director of the ballet

Alexandar Alexandrov

Anelia Tsolova
Stage Manager, Ballet-master

Anelia Tsolova

Maria Evstatieva
Concert Master

Maria Evstatieva

Maria Ilieva
Ballet-master

Maria Ilieva

Yasen Valchanov
Ballet-master

Yasen Valchanov

Trifon Mitev
Ballet-master

Trifon Mitev

Ivanka Kasabova
Ballet-master

Ivanka Kasabova