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To the problems of difference in interpretations of the plot of D. D. Shostakovichs ballet The Limpid Stream

Khokhlova Dar'ya

ORCID: 0000-0003-0426-7469

PhD in Art History

Premier Dancer of the Bolshoi Theatre

125009, Russia, g. Moscow, ul. Teatral'naya Ploshchad', 1






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Abstract: The object of this research is the plot of D. D. Shostakovich’s ballet “The Limpid Stream”. The subject is the interpretation of this plot in the versions of F. G Lopukhov (1935) and A. O. Ratmansky (2003), as well as peer review on these spectacles. The goal of this work consists in determination of the crucial for the concepts of ballet masters differences of libretto (as a literary foundation of the plot) in the three versions of the ballet, and comparison of perception of the plot in the year of its first staging and at the present. The considered problematic required application of historical approach – attraction of the materials and articles for the period of 1935-1936. The historiographical analysis allowed translating and examining one of the most recent peer reviews on the spectacle – the English-language reviews on the “Limpid Stream” of Ratmansky, presented on the London tour of Bolshoi Theatre in August 2019. The article also utilizes practical experience of author’s work with Ratmansky and participation in the aforementioned tours (performing the role of Zina).The main tool for solution of the set problem became the comparative analysis of the varieties of libretto (authors – Lopukhov and Piotrovsky) of the three versions of ballet “The Limpid Stream”. It is concluded that the first versions of ballet were popular among the public, but aroused negative or ambiguous feedback, which led to the removal of spectacle from the repertoire. The last version is regularly performed in the repertoire of Bolshoi Theatre, including on the tour, being well regarded by the public and sophisticated British critics.

Keywords: Bolshoi theatre, Soviet ballet, libretto, Alexei Ratmansky, Dmitry Shostakovich, Fedor Lopukhov, The Bright Stream, MALEGOT, review, ballet subject
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