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LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By gymnast_Premium member
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 11:57 AM
Edited by gymnast_ (104857) on 2006-03-11 12:17:19
Edited by gymnast_ (104857) on 2006-03-11 12:32:14
Locked by imadanseur (79325) on 2006-03-18 18:23:12 Banned member.


Part 1: ENTRANCE EXAMPS

This photo story is based on video clips from the documentary called Captives of Terpsichore. The clips were made by our very own Mariinsky ( a DDN member, not the Theatre :P ).
And also from what I hear and read myself about the legendary Russian ballet teacher Ludmilla Pavlovna (Russian patronymics) Sakharova and her illustrious students.

A beautiful Russian hopeful from Siberia during her entrance exam to the Perm Ballet academy (not to be confused with the Frizzy Hair academy for hairdressers :D )

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The entrance committee looks first and foremost for natural gifts: physical beauty, extension, arch, jump, turnout. And only then for musicality and grace.
Child’s desire to dance is mercilessly discarded, and for a good reason.

A blond girl is anxiously waiting for the results of the entrance exams;

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The lucky ones who made it …

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And the unlucky one who didn’t

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Or are the ones who’ve made it are the lucky ones? You’ll be the judge.

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Part 2: THE NUNNERY

Entering a professional elite Russian ballet school is akin to entering the nunnery. All childhood pleasures are left behind and adult life begins at the age of 10-11.

The documentary “Captives of Terpsichore” is very much about a contest between a great teacher and a strong-willed student. It’s about relationship between Madame Sakharova and Natalia Balahnicheva, who was graduating at the time when the movie was shot.

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There, DISCIPLINE rules! The closest that we have to this kind of discipline is that of American college elite football teams. All elite schools are geared towards achieving the Results. Everything else comes second.

No one, I mean no one dares to talk back to Madame Sakharova during the class. Later own and on their own time, yes. But while work goes on, student don’t talk - they only listen. period.

Faces of students during Sakharova’s class

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Part 3. Natalia Balahnicheva

Technically Natalia was wrong and Madame Sakharova was right.
Sakharova wanted to teach Natalia how to hold her arms in Giselle PDD so it would be easier for her partner to lift her

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But Natalia was stubborn and dared to showeher “protest” .. oh no, not by speaking out - nothing so drastic :P
But by quietly holding her arms her way. First this resulted in admonition from the teacher, then loud shouting (one sided, of course)
developed and then, when all the above had failed, Madame Sakharova started slapping her student first on the arms and then on her back.
Hard enough to leave the imprints on Natalia's thin delicate shoulders and upper back.

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One might think that such harsh treatment would deter students from entering the school No such thing! The waiting list to become a student there is long and not just from Russia, but also from the States, Korea, Japan, England, Ireland, et el. As a student from England is eager to attest that although life is hard, she is honored to study there, etc, etc.
He-he! I bet she is, coz the teach is listening :D

Why do they want to stay? Simply because having Perm Academy on your resume and studying under strict teachers bring them closer to their dream of becoming classical ballet dancers.

... In order to achive this:

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And this:

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And most certainly this:

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~*~ To be continued ~*~

60 Replies to LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School

re: LIVE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By gymnast_Premium member
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 12:14 PM
Edited by gymnast_ (104857) on 2006-03-11 12:44:02
The above photo story was based on the Dutch ( I believe it was Dutch (?) ) documentary “Captives of Terpsihore” about the 2nd best Ballet school in Russia (counting down from the famed Vaganova Academy which up the very top) - The Perm State School.

The video clips from that documentary were captured by “Mariinsky”.
Entrace exams: www.dropshots.com . . .
The nunnery: www.dropshots.com . . .
Battle of the wills: www.dropshots.com . . .

~*~
re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By Hip2hopgirlmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 12:37 PM
Edited by Hip2hopgirl (98065) on 2006-03-11 12:39:47
Edited by Hip2hopgirl (98065) on 2006-03-11 12:40:51
Thank you so much for posting this Gymnast_!

When I saw the videos on Mariinsky's site a couple of days ago I was absolutly :O :O :O

I could not imagine what life must be there at Perm and also Vaganova Academy! It was very touching when Natalia came home after rehearsal and was crying on her friends shoulder, it's not something that we usually see in Russian pictures or videos after a harsh training!

But then again only the best of the best are admittet into that school and only the best of the best of the best graduate :)

Thanks Gymnast_!!!

And I'm SO HAPPY that you're back!!!

Here is a very nice picture of Natalia!

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Hugs ~Hip2hopgirl~
re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By ABTdancermember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 12:37 PM
Yeah, I've seen clips of this documentary before, and it made me so sad to see the young girl crying. This teacher is very strict, but knows what she's doing. I personally think Natalia is a beautiful dancer and there are clips of her performing Giselle...and she does it beautifully. I think they are very lucky to get in if they WANT to be there, but I think it would difficult if you didn't. :) I really wish I could understand what they are saying, or watch the whole thing with english subtitles of something. Thanks for posting, gymnast!

:D ~ABTdancer~
re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By Kathymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 12:40 PM
Nadja Saidakova, first soloist at Staatsballett Berlin, studied at this balletschool.
DVD´s with her:

Hamlet, when she was very young, very interesting choreography, unfortunalety poor picture quality

Nutcracker, danced in Berlin. Very beautiful choreography, today the Corps de Ballet is better, but here it´s still good

Great Dancers of our time , she dances a very beautiful Spectre de la Rose


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Ein Lindentraum, photo by Gert Weigelt

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with Nicole Siepert, Ein Lindentraum, photo by Gert Weigelt

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photo by Dieter Blum

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"Second Detail", photo by Enrico Nawrath

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Onegin, photo by Monica Rittershaus

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Onegim, photo by Monica Rittershaus

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Ein Lindentraum, photo by Gert Weigelt

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Nutcracker, photo by Enrico Nawrath

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Nutcracker, photo by Gert Weigelt
re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By CRISTINASVET
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 12:48 PM
Thank you for the information. the videos are amazing, i enjoy seeing ballet classes videos. But i really what to know what are they saying specially the Teacher "Madame Sakharova".
also..what it is doinh Natalia?
re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By Hip2hopgirlmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 12:53 PM
Since 1994 Natalia has been a member of staff at the Kremlin Ballet :) I do wonder what type of teacher she has become :P

Here is a short bio on her :)

Natalia Balahnicheva is the star soloist of The Kremlin Ballet. She Was born in Kirov in 1974.17.12., and graduated from the Perm State Ballet Academy (class of L.P.Sakharova). Since 1994 she is in the staff of the Kremlin Ballet. Her bright and most original talent of the dancer combines with lyric and romantic harmony and rare gift of plastic incarnation. Her repertory consists of Cindrella (Cinderella by Prokofiev, staged by Vassyliev), Ludmila (Ruslan and Ludmila, by Glinka-Agafonnikov, staged by A.Petrov), Mery, Pastral (The Nutcracker by Tchaykovsky, staged by A.Petrov), Leda (Zeus by D.Arapis, staged by A.Petrov). Pas de troi, one of the four swans (The Swan Lake by Tchaykovsky, Moscow reduction by Ivanov, Petipa, Gorsky and Messerer).

Theatrical tutor of the ballerina in The Kremlin Ballet is E.Maximova. N.Balahnicheva is a diplomant of international Ballet competitions (in Paris in 1992 and “Maya” in St-Petersburg in 1994), laureate of the Theatrical Festival Moscow Debuts (1996), studying in the Perm Academy N.Palahnicheva played leading part in the film “Captures of Terpsykhora”. She toured with The Kremlin Ballet in many countries.

From - www.kremlin-gkd.ru . . .

Hugs ~Hip2hopgirl~
re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By Luthmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 01:15 PM
The subtitles on the screenshots are dutch (my language). Has this been aired on tv or dutch tv for that matter? If so...darn I missed it!
re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By Lissymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 01:27 PM
Thank you SO much for the videos and the short story about the life at these schools, I've been wanting to see clips about the school life for quite awhile. :)
re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By YumYumDoughnutPremium member
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 01:27 PM
Can some translate what the teacher said to that girl where they were at the barre? She looked like she was going to cry :(
re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By Hadas7
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 02:53 PM
this old women is so scary. i hate here.
the student looks so miserable and sad...
oh my god she really scared me i dont know if i will be able to sleep tonight
re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By ChoChomember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 03:48 PM
this is an amazing post! i wish i could give you karma lol
re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By x3_dancer_x3member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 04:17 PM
My mam's friend was selected to study there around 1995, she said Sakharova was the nastiest women she ever met and once she graduated she quit ballet.
Awful way to learn Ballet
By JCWRAD
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 04:29 PM
This videos are a true and clear fact of how hard is ballet, I hope this woman who at the eyes of the world is a good teacher, can be expossed. I know that ballet is about sacrifice, i am a ballet dancer myself but my teacher has never abuse me as this girls are and well Ballet is abaout the joy of flying and setting you free to fly not about taking away all your dreams and the joy of dancing. There is many sacrifices in ballet, I as a boy must face humiliation from boys and some girls and the sacrifice of shaving my legs and body but this kind of abuse is scary.
re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By yadriannemember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 05:49 PM
I was WOWed bye that (new word for me)
hehe...

the strict teacher, it broke my heart, i can't imagine being there... but passion is one good thing, and the passion for dance keeps her on going

thanks for the post
re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By adelaide
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 07:01 PM
My god.... that teacher looks really horrible. I can't image how horrible it is like in the school, the girls are under high pressure, if they don't do well, they might be kicked out of school. What I see is only serious and sad face. I guess the passion for ballet and the eagerness to become a principal dancer are the only way how they can stand such a harsh situation.
I really don't know how the younger children can stand all these. They have to force themselves to grow up and be mature, they lose their childhood, they have to be very independent, however, what they get back might not be that good. Afterall, a dancer's life is very short. I can't imagine how it is like for the first few years for the younger one, crying every day?
Yet, these are where you train the best dancers. Russia always train the best dancers, and behind that, it is the sad and hard ballet life.
Sakharova's Students
By gymnast_Premium member
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 08:48 PM
Edited by gymnast_ (104857) on 2006-03-11 20:59:38
Edited by gymnast_ (104857) on 2006-03-11 21:21:35
Edited by gymnast_ (104857) on 2006-03-11 21:33:11
Edited by gymnast_ (104857) on 2006-03-11 22:02:20
Edited by gymnast_ (104857) on 2006-03-11 22:02:57
I think you’ve summed it up rather nicely, Adelaide. Scenes of excessive discipline don’t bother me that much. Heck, we have far worse "abuse", if you want to put it this way, going on inside elite college football. Whether millions of dollars or dance careers are at stake, only Result counts. But I believe that Ludmilla Sakahrova can achieve better results if she didn’t intimidate her students so. One thing is a rugged football player, who, and on a daily basis is being reminded to be a Man :D, but quite another is a young girl dreaming of ballet ;)

Having said that, credit is due where credit is due, for Ludmilla Pavlovna (Russian patronymic) Sakharova in her 3 decades of tenure, turned a provincial ballet school into world class ballet academy. Thousands of hopefuls from all over the world try their luck there, quite aware of the harshness of life once they cross the threshold of this Temple of Terpsichore called Perm State Ballet School.

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Many of Sakharova students went on to become great ballet dancers

Sakharova and her students
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Perhaps her most famous student was Nadezhda Pavlova.

Sakharova and Pavlova during the class
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There are balletomanes, and on both side of the ocean, who believe that it was Nadezhda Pavlova who was the most interesting dancer of the 2nd half of the last Century. Although I don't care much for the Bolshoi ballet (shortly after her graduation from the Perm Academy she was invited to join the Bolshoi), I was very impressed with Nadezhda in this Bolshoi Theatre production of The Nutcracker:

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Some of my favorite pictures of this decidedly gifted dancer

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Another dancer who went on to achieve world fame is Olga Chenchikova - former prima of the Kirov-Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre

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Chenchikova herself, went on to become a ballet teacher / reperteur. Madame Chenchikova’s most famous student, perhaps is ultra-charismatic Alina Somova (video): www.dropshots.com . . .

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re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By allegressemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 08:57 PM
Thanks for posting this! Definitely shows the other side of ballet. It's sad to see how these girls are terrified of their teacher and how Natalia really doesn't like ballet at all anymore. Just for all of you who are wondering what's being said, I translated some of the scenes that struck me most in that documentary. They're from the second and third part:

The Nunnery:

Scene 2:
Natalia: Ludmilla Pavlovna has been drilling me for 3 weeks now. She’s annoyed with me and angry. She does it all for me, her great and talented pupil.

Ludmilla: I can’t handle your emotions. You should save those for your performance. I am here to stretch your arms and legs. What can you do with feelings? There are plenty of people that feel a lot, but can’t do anything. You dance with your legs, that’s when your feelings become worthy.

Natalia: I feel sorry for her, she’s sick of my resistance. But I can’t do what she wants me to do. There’s a limit that I can’t cross. She wants results and I want that too. But I’m tired of her forcing me. Is there really no other way?

Ludmilla: We have practiced this forever. Are you tired? There’s the door! You can always take off!

Scene 3:
Natalia: Oh ballet, you beautiful art, you warm the coldest hearts. If only you knew how much I hated you. At that terrible dress rehearsal I kept whispering: ‘I hate this'. Maybe I wanted to push that hated ballet away from me. But things turned out differently. To be a ballerina your entire life, what a terrible destiny. I could never live with that. Lord, let this fate pass me. Not my will will prevail, but yours. This was it.

Scene 5:
Ludmilla: (to girl at the barre) Here, come on. Put it here. Keep your legs there. This is where it has to get to. You have to hit my hand every time. Every time. With the music. With the rest. You have to think! Keep your leg still, still I said! Music, Tanja. Come on. Hit my hand! Every time against my hand. Not eight times, but every time. Like that, or would you rather go to sleep?
Afraid? Am I some kind of wild animal? It’s not good if she’s afraid. I don’t notice that at all. I can’t ask myself all the time if she’s afraid. But frankly I don’t care if she’s afraid. I really don’t care at all. I don’t think about those things. She should get used to it. And if she doesn’t get used to me, that’s too bad. I’m not here to do nothing. I work with her, don’t I?
(to class) Look at Tanja. If she smiles, it’s ok. If she’s reading, it’s not ok.


Battle of the wills:

Scene 1:
Ludmilla: I’m sure I have an emotional effect on the children. If a teacher is involved about what he is doing, it reflects on the kids. Definitely. If a teacher teaches passively, they will dance passively too. Ballet remains heavy physical labour.
(to girl at the barre) Well done. Lower, lower. Please, don’t touch your standing leg. Are you listening at all? Or not? I asked you a question. What am I saying? What do I keep telling you? What are you thinking? Calm down. What’s the big deal? Didn’t you understand? Is it that difficult? No, lifting your leg is more difficult. Your foot is not turned out, start all over again. This is not working, dear, come on.
No, put tension here. Here, tension, here. More. More tension, more, that’s all I’m asking.
(to girl at barre) Madam is thinking too much, Madam wants to be stubborn. I seem like a parrot.

Girls to school psychologist: She came into class today like a whirlwind. I tried to draw it as I felt it.
She’s like a machine. She gets so upset. That’s why she’s always trembling. She works so hard that she trembles.

Scene 2:
School psychologist: Natalia pictures the situation well here.

Natalia: Hoping that she’ll be cheerful, is like hoping that a smoker puts out his cigarette when he sees a non-smoking sign.

Ludmilla: You can’t do anything by yourself today. Go on. No music, Tanja. There’s your hand, to the left and hold it. Don’t look forward, look right then left. Not forward! Other leg.
Stand and practice the head. And don’t pull such a face at me. From the beginning, I won’t repeat. Hurry up! You rude girl. Take your position. With such a face you don’t have to come here. You can leave right now. Practice that head! You suck, bitch. Foot on the ground, on the ground I said.
Plie to the side and jump. Don’t jump forward. You don’t get it at all. Go on. Arms, plie, jump, stop. Body forward and go into a long jump. Don’t turn.
Natalia is a difficult girl, but she is interesting. She’s got personality and she’s emotional. But the problem is that she doesn’t listen anymore when she’s tired. You can’t give in to that.


Hope that's helpful :) I was most amazed by the part where Natalia confesses how much she hates ballet. Poor girl...
re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By CRISTINASVET
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 09:10 PM
POOR girl. I was shock when I read how much she hated ballet.
but i can tell, she wasn't happy when she was dacing.
re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By NJdanceGuy12
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 09:36 PM
My teacher Svetlana was a soloist for the Perm Ballet and principle for Odessa Theatre. She is very nice although, she can get very Russian, very fast. When in reharsal, she will smack my body when I am not performing right. Not to the degree I saw here, but hard. She will also be very vocal when we don't do something right. She is very strict in the way she teaches. But in my opinion, this comes into benefit because I would not be here without her.
re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By gymnast_Premium member
On Sat Mar 11, 2006 09:42 PM
Edited by gymnast_ (104857) on 2006-03-11 21:45:01
Dear iertje,
Thank you so much for having taken time to translate this for us :)
I read Russian with ease, but nuisances of the spoken language still allude me :(

There are plenty of people that feel a lot, but can’t do anything. You dance with your legs, that’s when your feelings become worthy.

I totally agree with this statement

Ludmilla: We have practiced this forever. Are you tired? There’s the door! You can always take off!

Madame Sakharova keeps reminding them over and over and over again, that they are there of their own volition and can leave whenever they want. Very common pedagogical trick ;)

Hurry up! You rude girl. Take your position. With such a face you don’t have to come here. You can leave right now. Practice that head! You suck, bitch.

He-he-he! Who calls cattle black :D
re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By catytheballerinamember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sun Mar 12, 2006 05:47 AM
OMG! life is hard there!! thanks for sharing...I really like it...very informative
re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By berlina
On Sun Mar 12, 2006 06:16 PM
I think the metodes often are as a rule in Russia. I didn't studied ballett ther, but I did other kind of sport in a elite sport-school. And I can hear my coach in the way of Madame Sakharova's teaching. It was the same - "you can't do it on the right way? You're tired? Here's the door! You can leave anytime. But if you leave - it's forever!" It's really hard, but it works - only the fanatic people stay-and they are the best.
re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By gymnast_Premium member
On Sun Mar 12, 2006 06:32 PM
Edited by gymnast_ (104857) on 2006-03-12 19:13:46
Edited by gymnast_ (104857) on 2006-03-12 19:16:42
Edited by gymnast_ (104857) on 2006-03-12 19:17:24

You can leave anytime. But if you leave - it's forever!"

You are so right berlina! Only today I was chatting with a lady whose daughter attended Sakharova's class. They all had such moments when they wanted to drop everything and go back home to mama and papa. And some couldn’t take it and so they left. When they changed their mind, it was too late, coz Madame Sakharova would not want them any longer. They were allowed to re-enter school and study with other instructors, but not with her. Reason being, that she wanted only strong individuals to work with.
… Touph cookie ;)

A moment of despaire...

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A friend offers Natalia a shoulder to cry on

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A new day for Natalia, a new beginning!

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Dunno about you guys, I feel as if I know Natalia! Good luck to you, girl :)
re: LIFE in the Elite Russian Ballet School
By Daniellamember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Mon Mar 13, 2006 10:51 AM
Do you guys think the Vagonova school is as bad, or worse? I have read and watched documentaries about it, but of course they would not show these kinds of things. I feel terrible for them! Strict is one thing, this teacher just seems to yell all the time, you would think that with the constant yelling it would lose its effect. I mean it would still scare the students, but they would not be pused to try as hard as they would if she seldom yelled. if the teacher only gets harsh once in a while, when she knows it will make you push yourself beyond where you think you can go, that is one thing. There has to be reward as well as punishment or there would be no reason to go on. For the select few that can find performing the only reward acceptable - but most people need not only some praise but some love. Its sad
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