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  2. Ilovegiselle

    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    Just saw Devon and Cory... she was exquisite! She has some beautiful still moments in her portrayal of Odette. While her Odile was sharp and I’m sure someone here will talk about her fouettés.
  3. vipa

    Sarah Lane

    You are probably right canbelto, but it shows how messed up ABT casting is. How are dancers supposed to develope?
  4. Today
  5. It was meant to be precisely that, a conglomerate of many (beautiful) things, and the Harvard notes were used. It was NOT Vikharev's last reconstruction, that is The Pharaoh's Daughter, which it's being finished soon. Burlaka's "Naiad and Fisherman" it's not a reconstruction. (But the costumes are based on historical records) Les Eleves de Dupre is pending at Ekaterinburg due to schedule conflict (which deprived Harlequinade of being performed early on this year although it will hit Moscow next year for the Golden Mask)
  6. It's on Netflix now. It's the Macauley Caulkins movie.
  7. Yesterday
  8. angelica

    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    That's exactly why I'm not going to Shevchenko's O/O. Whiteside has kept me away from several performances this season.
  9. Gnossie

    Is Bournonville Still Alive?

    Brava Anne and of course BRAVO to Meinertz for saying it as it is. The situation at the RDB is even more dramatic than the situation at the Paris Opera. Sickening, disgusting, disrespectful productions that have NOTHING to do with Bournonville, almost no Danish trained dancers in the company, no legends coaching at the company, an egomaniac Artistic Director who thinks he knows better than anyone, and apparently not many people give a damn about it, because Hübbe is still there, and just like Anne, I also had great hopes for him when he took over but his tenure is killing the company. If anyone reading this post thinks I am being overly dramatic I just want to remind you that there are only 3 Danish trained dancers in the corps de ballet, let that sink in. You can NOT dance (do justice) to Bournonville if you're not Danish(French) trained, look at the crop of dancers in the company! What a disgrace!.... But would things get better if they take more dancers from the company's school!? NOT AT ALL! Because the level of the training at the school has dropped dramatically, so it's a chain of unfortunate events.... Hübbe's after Bournonville productions should be banned by law, his Sylphide is insulting, his Napoli is revolting but his Folkesagn (Folk Tale) is a DISGRACE, I actually fainted when I saw it, what kind of garbage is that!? You can NOT remove the Christian element from Folkesagn! That's like removing Nikiya's death from Bayaderka, Rothbart's curse over Odette, the Willis from Giselle...... The artistic director's personal preferences can not destroy a ballet.....Bournonville's finest ballet! Hübbe is indeed not removing outer layers but the very core of Bournonville's ballets. Just in case, the answers are: NO NO and NO This company has seen better days with a much tinier budget, I decided to not attend any more performances at the Royal Theatre 2 years ago, it doesn't matter how much I write to the minister of culture, I don't see the situation changing anytime soon, someone please call Arne Villumsen, for the love of God!
  10. Chase Johnsey is speaking to the London Ballet Circle (Civil Servants Club on Great Scotland Yard, 7.30 pm on 9th July) so that should I think prove interesting. It is only £8 for guests should anyone wish to attend.
  11. Gnossie

    Vaganova Academy Graduation, 2018

    Since she is the Artistic Director, she is the one who chooses the repertoire the academy performs, not Tsiskaridze. Kultura will livestream the 2018 Vaganova Ballet Academy graduation performance at the Bolshoi. The performance starts at 7pm on the 19th of June, Moscow time: https://t.co/ugt7CETKkGugt7CETKkG
  12. This looks gorgeous. I hope a video becomes available. I couldn't understand all of it, but I think the coach is telling her to keep her hand movements soft.
  13. The variation of the Queen of Waters has been indeed used for the inserted variation in the Grand pas of Don Quichotte at Mariinsky, it wass danced, e.g., by Olga Esina in 2006 (with Novikova and Sarafanov dancing the principal parts) which is understandable in view of the fact that its author, Alexandre Gorsky, was also the author of the variation of the Queen of Dryads. Both variations were in the past brilliantly executed by Agrippina Vaganova, called by the contemporary critics the "Queen of Variations". It is worth to remember that Gorsky produced his own redactions of both Don Quichotte and the Little humbacked horse after Marius Petipa's retirement. The Don Quichotte we know is by Gorsky, not Petipa. Preservation of numerous variations from lost ballets of the Imperial era we owe to Vaganova who was using them in her teaching throughout her career.
  14. Rick

    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    I plan to see Bell on Friday. After his astounding debut in R&J I'm really curious to see him in an *evil* role. Should be fun!
  15. I am currently in Vienna, a city I adore. Tonight I had the opportunity to attend a memorable performance of one of my ever favorite operas... Mozart's Die Zauberflote. The place, Schönbrunn. Music by the Failoni Orchestra, Budapest. The company....., The Marionettentheater Schloss Schönbrunn. This is a traditional and wonderful curated marionette company that has revived to great success the art of the puppeteer. If you ever come to this city and the place, please don't miss the opportunity to attend one of their performances. It was really enchanting.
  16. Amen to that. And thanks for the sensitive response. Much appreciated this days...🤗
  17. ABT Fan

    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    If anyone sees Shevchenko’s and Bell’s debuts this week, please report. Though I’ll have the day off, I dont think I can stomach seeing Whiteside in this again.
  18. Thanks for the videos, Laurent. Do I correctly remember that the Queen of the Waters variation also used in the Mariinsky Don Quixote -- one of the bridesmaid variations?
  19. Here's the Pavillon d'Amide variation that Obraztsova will be dancing. Anybody know what the coach is saying?
  20. Sevenard and Zhiganshina were planned from the very beginning. These variations were performed in the graduation concert last year. Yulia Stepanova is dancing the variation of the Queen of Waters, last year danced by Maria Khoreva, Yulia Spiridonova danced the variation from le Pavillon d'Armide, Eleonora Sevenard. dances the same variation, from ballet Trilby, she did dance last year.
  21. Thanks, Quinten. Good to see that Alyona Kovalyova and Xenia Zhiganshina have been added to the list. Quite a list, indeed. Sense any significant 'Vaganova-Mariinsky' content at the Bolshoi? 😊 Yet, the Bolshoi will always be the Bolshoi, I'm sure.
  22. The Bolshoi website has published the program for the Vaganova Jubilee on June 19 at the Bolshoi. https://www.bolshoi.ru/upload/medialibrary/9d4/9d4526431ca338eacaaa87c7219a624b.pdf (There is a second performance at the Kremlin with possibly a different cast) Here's the program for Act III featuring Vaganova alumni (except for Rodkin). It's hard for me to tell which variations will be danced by whom because the attributions are to the original source, rather than to the familiar Paquita numbers. If anybody knows which variation is which, or even better can point to videos of the individual variation that would be greatly appreciated! GRAND PAS FROM THE BALLET PAQUITA Music by Édouard Deldevez, Ludwig Minkus, Riccardo Drigo Choreography by Marius Petipa (1881) Choreographic version and staging by Yuri Burlaka, Nikolai Tsiskaridze (2017) Costume design by Dmitry Paradizov Performed by Paquita Svetlana Zakharova, Lucien d’Hervilly Denis Rodkin and students of senior classes Polonaise and mazurka performed by pupils of junior classes and students of senior classes Variations performed by Oscar Frame 2017 graduate (variation from the ballet Le Conservatorie, music by H.S.Paulli) Eleonora Sevenard 2016 graduate (variation from the ballet Trilby, music by Y.Gerber) Alyona Kovalyova 2015 graduate (variation from the ballet Le Roi Candaule, music by C.Pugni) Egor Geraschenko 2016 graduate (variation from the ballet La Bayadere, music by L.Minkus) Xenia Zhiganshina 2014 graduate (variation from the ballet Gretna Green, music by E.Guiraud) Olga Smirnova 2011 graduate (variation from the ballet Paquita, music by L.Minkus) Mikhail Lobukhin 2002 graduate (variation from the ballet Don Quixote, music by L.Minkus) Yulia Stepanova 2009 graduate (variation from the ballet The Little Humpbacked Horse, music by C.Pugni) Evgenia Obraztsova 2002 graduate (variation from the ballet Le Pavillon d'Armide, music by N.Tcherepnin) Denis Rodkin (variation from the ballet La Source, music by R.Drigo) Svetlana Zakharova 1996 graduate (variation from the ballet La Sylphide, music by R.Drigo)
  23. Buddy

    Vaganova Academy Graduation, 2018

    Hopefully she's a very good and effective influence. Maybe a lot more in the picture then we would think. Women can do that sort of thing. 😊
  24. its the mom

    Macaulay on ABT 2018 Met season

    But then he says this on instagram:
  25. fondoffouettes

    Macaulay on ABT 2018 Met season

    I didn't see any R&J performances, but I agree with what much of Macaulay has said in the piece below about ABT's somewhat unfocused dancing this season. And he puts into words what I've been feeling: that many of the dancers aren't really projecting well enough into that big house. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/15/arts/dance/romeo-and-juliet-american-ballet-theater.html His critique of Stearns aligns exactly with my experiences of his performances.
  26. Mashinka

    Vaganova Academy Graduation, 2018

    An RT documentary of last year seemed to show her position as number two.
  27. fondoffouettes

    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    I completely agree. The most I'll go to an ABT production in a week is three times, but that's pretty rare: only for Sleeping Beauty, which is three hours filled with great dancing, or Swan Lake if there is must-see casting. I think I over-bought for this season, simply repeating my buying patterns from previous years. I plan to scale back next year unless they are presenting a drastically more interesting season in terms of repertoire and casting. Also, I've had such great experiences at NYCB this past year that I'd rather spend more of my money there (plus the seats are cheaper and I feel so much closer to the dancers, sitting in orchestra).
  28. Buddy

    Vaganova Academy Graduation, 2018

    Drew, this is a very good question. And others like her as well. And if not in leadership then at least in the exceptional artistic development.
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