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  1. Would like to restart Mayerling exchange in view of the Royal Ballet revival which premiered yesterday with Osipova and Watson. Have posted starter :
  2. Was there last night and finally was able to see Osipova in a full ballet. By chance sat at same table with Hanna Weibye of Artsdesk at intervals who rushed off after the performance to post her review, the only one online so far : I reserve my comments ! I believe this was Osipova's debut in role, right ?? Full casting : Telegraph has now posted a review : Here's a picture gallery :
  3. First Possohov work I saw was "Francesca da Rimini" which was part of Zaharova's "Amore" gala at the Balshoy last May. Must admit I did not know the story, and the program was in Russki only, but I could sort of make out the story and looked it up once I got back to my hotel. It is my firmly held belief that "ballet" must have a somewhat universal story which viewers can discern and relate to - listening to a pre-performance lecture or reading the program notes re what it is about will not get me involved emotionally. Does even a child have to be told what Giselle, or Bayadere, or Romeo&Juliet is about ?? This "ballet" I could not relate to, and am glad that I did not spend time and money to go see it live - and am hesitant about going to see "Nureyev" in July.. However ...... Olga Smirnova ...... was so beautiful, wasn't she ??
  4. Has anyone seen this in cinema or at home ? Could not make fish or fowl of it, would appreciate your comments. ("Nureyev" again by the same team coming up in July ....)
  5. Dear MadameP and Buddy "Spasiba Balshoy" for your posts. As I already wrote I am envious and sad that I could not go to see this year's Festival but at least I can get a sense of "being there" thanks to you. Wish I could have come this year, as God knows what the situation will be this time next year in view of current goings-on !
  6. Aaaaaarrgghhh ! Terribly jealous and green with envy . Next year I will certainly put this on the front burner, hope it will be as good as this year's festival. Dance Open Gala on the 24th will be my consolation for this year. Best wishes for any and all members currently there.
  7. You got it right Deflope ! Kovalyova has been cast with Tissi for Saturday's (April 1st) "Diamonds" :
  8. Here is Tsiskaridze's interview at Prix de Lausanne 2016 - he talks about how he started teaching ballet (from 19:00 >) if anyone is interested in hearing it :
  9. Imho Tsiskaridze has more "substance" than most people give him credit for. When he was appointed as rector of Vaganova I thought it was due to his connections only, and was quite upset when our beloved Asylmuratova left, but found out later that while dancing at the Balshoy he was also teaching at ballet schools in Moscow and beyond. I watched his webcast interview at Prix de Lausanne last year and thought here is someone who knows what he is talking about. I will try to find and post that interview - in the meantime here is the recent RT docu featuring him and Shakirova :
  10. Have never seen Novikova live yet, and neither Aksana Skorik who I am tracking. Had tix for Legend of Love on 28th Feb with both Novikova and Skorik cast, was in Moscow couple of days before to see Ivan the Terrible at the Balshoy but had to return home from Moscow ..... so frustrating. And once again will not be able to go to the Mariinsky ballet festival week, will be holed up at a trade show in Frankfurt doing PR and chatting up our principals .......
  11. That makes quite a few of us then thinking we have witnessed Рождается звезда ..... birth of a star !
  12. Many thanks dear Buddy ! I am four months into a Russian language course and I passed my second stage exam and will start the third stage next week, at the end of which (2 months) it is said I will be able to speak extremely basic Russian when I fly over to see ballet. God knows it's quite hard at my ripe old age with a porous brain ! Now : I have seriously taken up Russian classical ballet since this time 3 years ago, and am trying to catch up by seeing as many classics as I can in Moscow and Peterburg. You cannot imagine how elated such a person can be and what a boost it gives his self-confidence when he thinks he has discovered something and posts it and it gains the acceptance of senior membership. First time I saw Kovalyova on the videos I posted I immediately thought of the young Zaharova but did not dare say so until you seconded my thought. Thanks to everyone who participated and best wishes.
  13. Some reviews of "PROJECT POLUNIN" currently at Sadler's Wells London :
  15. Seems this series is continuing with the 7th episode posted under RT link above !