"In their own words"
© by David Elliott, 2003
David : What
do you think of the current culture, and what does the Stanislavsky Moscow
Ballet contribute to it?
Dmitry: It is a fact that
a lot of the younger population is turning away from classical music, and
it is very unfortunate. It makes me feel sorry. What I want is for this to
wake the interest of the younger people to classical dance. I am sure that
interest can be aroused by two things. First, when the audience understands
what is going on, on the stage, in that they see moments and problems that
are interesting to them, and second, when the actors' mastery causes emotions
in the audience, not just moments of entertainment. They have to empathize,
to feel with the show. If you feel for what is going on, on the stage, then
we have succeeded.
David: How did you
get interested in the Ballet?
Dmitry: It was when I
was young, around 6 years old, in [youth summer] camp for good students. I
was a part of a drama department. I didn't understand a lot of it, but I had
a lot of energy that had to go somewhere, and later on I came to understand
dancing and music and the love of it.
is different about your production of Swan Lake?
Dmitry: It's great. the
story line is dramatic, and it is set up to be understandable and comprehendible
to the viewer, without having to read the program. Everything is clearer.
The Moscow Stanislavsky
Ballet performs Don Quixote
With a company of 165 performers,
and a full symphony orchestra, The Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet, is one of the
premiere Ballet troupes of Russia. They performed SWAN LAKE, by Tchaikovsky
and DON QUIXOTE in only 7 performances to an enthusiastic audience June 4
-9, 2002 at the Kodak Theater at Hollywood and Highland.
I had the privilege of speaking
to Dmitry Bryantsev, the Artistic Director of The Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet
and here in his own words (through his translator) is a portion of our conversation.
the ARTS, MUSIC, & the MEDIA since 1998
"If you feel for what is
going on, on the stage, then we have succeeded."
Dmitry Bryantsev, Artistic Director
for the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet