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  1. As I had posted recently, would really like to see her live as Odette/Odile in September, will be looking up casting info.
  2. Saw Sevenard live on June 14th as Paquita when Vaganova staged the 3rd act as part of their graduation show. I thought she was very good but I did not fall in love with her at first sight, if you know what I mean. Now back to Alyona Kovalyova - it is being said that Alyona will appear as Odette/Odile at one mat or eve when Balshoy stages "Lebedinoye Ozero" on September 15>17. Dear God - I must go see this one but when firm casting is posted ticket prices will have gone through the roof on the "open market". If this rumour turns out to be true Alyona will be my second bullseye in two seasons, the other one was Shakirova. Seems even 65+ newcomers to classical ballet can spot talent !
  3. Vaganova 2016 graduate taken up by Balshoy (aka Bolshoi), being given small solo roles by Vaziev. I have found some videos on YT, links posted below. She was selected for Prix de Lausanne 2016 but did not make it to the finals, strange. This junior member sees some potential here and likens her to a current top Balshoy prima at the time of her Vaganova graduation ..... but will not say to whom so as not to invite ridicule ! Would like to hear the views of our learned membership.
  4. Starting at 7 pm Moscow time = 4 pm GMT
  5. An article by Vita Khlopova, my Moscow ballet tutor and friend. Vita is a graduate of the Moscow Ballet Academy and former dancer herself. Currently a quite well known ballet historian, writer and lecturer.
  6. MACMILLAN ON THE MAKING OF "MAYERLING" : for the benefit of any members who have not seen this docu but may want to :
  7. 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 (posted further down) This was Osipova's debut in role, full casting : Telegraph has now posted a review : Here's a picture gallery : (+) A notable review by Judith Mackrell in Guardian :
  8. Have still to see Alyona live. Will be at Balshoy next week for Legend of Love but she has not been cast for any performance. Next season hopefully.
  9. Dear Ashton Fan thank you so much for this post - I really appreciate the time and thought you have devoted to it, and it has been of great interest to me. Yes - I would like to see Osipova in her signature classic roles rather than McGregor or Wheeldon stuff. I will certainly try to see her as Giselle and Manon, as Odette/Odile maybe - SL is not my favourite ballet. I would love to see her as Juliet : I am interested in ballet as drama. And I will not hide the fact that I have been afraid she would slide back in London, not having to keep up with the likes of Zaharova, Smirnova, Alexandrova or Krysanova. I know my likes are quite subjective and biased, as I have become quite addicted to Russian classical ballet. It's a diffe- rent world there. Re Wheeldon : I have not seen Strapless but had read the reviews - if I remember correctly Ismene Brown had posted a devastating one. Where I live I watch ballet on Mezzo almost every evening, tried to watch Alice in Wonderland to educate myself but could only take less than one hour of it, if you will excuse my saying so. I wish I had seen a second cast of Mayerling while I was there, like you did, to be able to judge the charac- terisation of different dancers - I do like studying characterisation. You did not comment on Mayerling's music : on a scale of ten I give it say two. I believe I have a good ear for music but cannot remember any tune from the score. Film music, but even that is more tuneful most of the time. Don't know whether this was also intentional or not.
  10. Dear Natalia I just finished watching this performance recorded in October 2009, with Watson-Galeazzi. With the scene cues page of the booklet in hand to identify who is who ! Sarah Lamb is Larisch and McRae Bratfisch, and incidentally Polunin is one of the Hungarian officers. My Moscow tutor Vita texted that she had seen Polunin as Rudolf (probably at Stasik last year) and thought he was excellent in role. Now : drink, drugs, sex, freaking out ...... I do believe Sergey would be excellent in this role and I would someday love to see Sergey and Natasha in Mayerling. There is a still earlier RB recording with Mukhamedov-Durante filmed in February 1994 which I will watch next. Larisch is Collier and Mitzi is Bussell, and on this Adam Cooper is one of the Hungarian officers ! I will put up with this to reach a final conclusion on the merits of Mayerling, since two ballet people whose opinion I value think Mayerling is a good work but may not reveal its beauty at first sight .....
  11. Yes this past Friday eve, the premiere with Osipova debuting in role. As Hanna Weibye posted on Artsdesk there were 10 principals on stage, as star-studded a cast as one will ever get. Now I will post my own take on the work and this performance, hoping our seasoned membership will ascribe it to "chacun a son gout". First the work : I firmly believe "ballet" must be able to tell a story (hopefully a timeless and universal story which can be readily picked up by anyone on any continent) through dance only, and one would not have to memorise the synopsis, go to a couple of pre-performance lectures or "insights", and have to watch the performance looking at the castsheet and synopsis every now and then. Mayerling with its particular, non-universal story and plethora of characters which do not allow instant identification regarding who-is-who (putting on surtitles identifying who Rudolf is dancing with whenever he picks up a new partner would be helpful ) is a thousand miles away from this. Does anyone have to read the synopsis to pick up the story of Giselle, Bayadere, R&J or Don Q ?? Manon in my view is less confusing, R&J most suitable for ballet but Lavrovsky got there first and Macmillan's is what we call in marketing parlance a "me too" product, period ! I will overlook the similarity of the ensemble scenes and steps between Mayer- ling, Manon and R&J as this could be ascribed to Macmillan's style (Grigarovich has similarities in ensemble scenes). This was the first time I saw Watson and thought his characterisation was excellent. However, my companion for the evening (a ballet guru) was telling me about the "evil" character of Rudolf but I saw no evil Rudolf on stage. Watson's characterisation came across to me as a weak and deluded person who was incapable of sustaining the pressure of the rank he was born into, rather than someone bent on doing evil. As such, I found his characterisation excellent. Now, my beloved Natasha : this was my third attempt in 2+ years to see her live. I flew over in Jan 15 to see her as Kitri and on the night got Tsygankova instead. Last year in Feb I flew in to see her as Giselle and on the night got Sarah Lamb. This time I caught Natasha all right but I would rather have seen her as Kitri, Giselle or Juliet. I do not think Vetsera will be one of Osipova's signature roles : after the performance I kept thinking would anything have changed if Lamb had danced Vetsera and Osipova Larisch ...... I don't think so. When Lamb replaced Osipova last year as Giselle I discovered that (esp. in the second act) she is excellent technically, but to me she was not "Giselle" in the first act, the way Osipova becomes the character, so the second act was a "spectacle" rather that the "spiritual" experience it can be ..... Osipova really shines as Kitri, Giselle, Juliet and even Lise (FMG is not my fav work) but did she shine as Vetsera ? (re characterisation, for me it is always characterisation first, excellent technique on top would make it unforgettable). As I said, I do not expect this to be one of her signature roles. The Royal Ballet keep casting her in silly "contemporary" stuff and are wasting the best years of Natasha's career. Pure commercialism ! So, some members may think I have betrayed my ignorance, poor taste, judgment, in any permutation thereof, but I signed up to post what I think, and if I were to take a defensive stance it would be a waste of your time and mine. PS : forgot to mention the music : imho totally unmemorable, another minus point. Manon is also a "pastiche" but in my view the music is infinitely better. Ballet music really has to be tuneful and memorable.
  12. Would like to restart Mayerling exchange in view of the Royal Ballet revival which premiered yesterday with Osipova and Watson. Have posted starter :
  13. 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 ....)
  14. 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 ??
  15. 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 !
  16. 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.
  17. You got it right Deflope ! Kovalyova has been cast with Tissi for Saturday's (April 1st) "Diamonds" :
  18. 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 :
  19. 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 :
  20. 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 .......
  21. That makes quite a few of us then thinking we have witnessed Рождается звезда ..... birth of a star !
  22. 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.
  23. Some reviews of "PROJECT POLUNIN" currently at Sadler's Wells London :