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Subject:Dear lazyweb: ballet history
Time:08:43 pm
I suddenly got a bee in my bonnet to find details about a ballet that I saw when I was visiting the Soviet Union. Things I know about it for a fact:

- It was mid-November 1976, almost certainly between the 16th and the 21st.
- The ballet was Swan Lake. It had been rewritten to have a happy ending.
- It was in the Soviet Union.

Things I believe to be true, but could be mistaken about:

- It was at the Bolshoi. (It could also have been in Leningrad.)
- It featured their prima ballerina.

Anybody have any sorts of leads on where to find this information? I've googled a fair bit, but didn't strike paydirt.
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feklhr
Subject:Clueless right now...
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Time:2007-08-29 04:15 am (UTC)
...but willing to try again in the morning...could it be this?
John Neumeier’s 1976 Swan Lake for the Hamburg Ballet made Prince Ludwig of Bavaria the protagonist who recalls his past obsession with Swan Lake.
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whipartist
Subject:Re: Clueless right now...
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Time:2007-08-29 04:26 am (UTC)
Saw that, but no. It was definitely a Soviet ballet corps.
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feklhr
Subject:Library fun
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Time:2007-08-30 03:36 am (UTC)
We used this reference question in our spare time today at the library. Try Yuri Grigorovich. He was commissioned in the late 60's to add a happy ending to Swan Lake. One of our librarians found that info on Wikepedia. Here is the link to the sfgate archives on the matter: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/10/27/PK7004.DTL&type=performance. It was also suggested that you might try one of the larger libraries like SFPublic for their microfilm of that time period. They might have something on the Arts page.

I live for this stuff!
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