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The Animated Frescoes - The Little Humpbacked Horse («Конек горбунок»)

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Uploaded on Nov 17, 2009

The rarely seen "Dance of the Animated Frescoes" from "The Little Humpbacked Horse" («Ожившие фрески» из балета «Конёк-Горбунок, или Царь-девица»). Filmed for Russian TV in 1989. Chor. by Marius Petipa (staged by Ninel Kurgapkina). Music by Cesare Pugni.


Performed by students of the Vaganova School, St. Petersburg - Anna Polikarpova, Alexandra Koltun, Tatiana Loginova & Elena Tenchikova. The performers here are impeccably schooled in the Vaganova style & give us an absolutely flawless performance.


**In this scene the Humpbacked Horse has given Ivanushka a magic whip that makes the Frescoes painted on the walls of the Khan's palace come to life. In true 19th century ballet form its a perfect excuse for a dance!


**History -
"The Little Humpbacked Horse" was originally staged for the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg by Arthur Saint-Léon to the music of Cesare Pugni in 1864. Marius Petipa revived it in 1895 under the title "The Tsar Maiden" for the great Pierina Legnani. It was revised & re-staged countless times during the early to mid Soviet-era by almost every notable Russian ballet master, teacher & choreographer, eventually leaving the work as a pale shadow of the grand spectacle it once was. The "Dance of the Animated Frescoes" is perhaps one of only a few pieces from this ballet to come down to us with any reasonable degree of authenticity. The choreography is wonderfully academic, filled with combinations one might perhaps execute in class.

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