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  1. Natalia, I've only seen a brief video clip of her "Etudes." She does have an "Aristocratic elegance." The works that I've seen her perform can vary in emphasis. At the moment I tend to like her best in ones where she has really achieved her nuances of character and style. In this respect, I like very much her 'lyrical and poetic classics,' such as "Swan Lake," "Giselle" and "La Bayadere." I also really appreciate such things as her Bianca, partnered by Semyon Chudin, which, for me, is a fine counterpoint to the aggressiveness and by far the best part of as much as I've watched on video of Jean-Christophe Maillot's "The Taming of the Shrew." Sometimes I think that she takes large chances in her interpretations and acting highlights. Almost all the time she's very successful. But as she says, 'she never stops.' She never stops evaluating and developing. She has a fine sense of appropriateness and beauty. And whatever she does, she does with exceptional ability.
  2. For the time being the replay can be seen here. YouTube may have it also. http://www.ontvtime.ru/index.php?option=com_content&task=view_record&id=1490&start_record=2017-05-19-15-55 [Thanks as usual to Sophia at Dansomanie]
  3. Here's something. http://www.ontvtime.ru/live/russiak-2.html
  4. It should be here, but so far I'm not getting anything. http://live.russia.tv/index/index/channel_id/4
  5. Today at 8:55am EST TVKultura (in russian) will take a look at this year's Festival. http://tvkultura.ru/anons/show/brand_id/20874/episode_id/1498581/ [thanks once again to Sophia at Dansomanie for this info]
  6. She and Semyon Chudin did indeed perform Swan Lake twice in Vienna, the 14th and the 17th. Really wish that I could have been there. She’s an artist who seems able to bring inside herself all the beauty that she views and feels, make it part of herself and radiate it back to us through her exceptional artistry and remarkable physical beauty. Here’s a curtain call video clip with a very nice comment from Manuel Legris, the Artistic Director. https://www.instagram.com/p/BUFs5t2A9W5/ Interview with her, January 19, 2017 What kind of thoughts and feelings would you wish the audience to take home from “Sleeping Beauty” on Sunday? The fairy tale brings hope for some good things to happen in life, of which love is probably the most important. I’d wish our spectators would leave ensured about this and that their hearts are filled with hope. Hope that beauty, kindness and love would remain the main pillars of our lives or, at least, that they are something to aspire to. https://www.ilona-landgraf.com/2017/01/olga-smirnova-on-the-sleeping-beauty/
  7. Today at 8:55am EST TVKultura (in russian) will take a look at this year's Festival. http://tvkultura.ru/anons/show/brand_id/20874/episode_id/1498581/ [thanks once again to Sophia at Dansomanie for this info] Added: For the time being the replay can be seen here. It's about 40 minutes long. http://www.ontvtime.ru/index.php?option=com_content&task=view_record&id=1490&start_record=2017-05-19-15-55 [Thanks as usual to Sophia at Dansomanie]
  8. Yes, she's the same person. She's "Corps de Ballet." "Prima Ballerina" -- probably, but you may have to wait until next year to make it official. http://www.bolshoi.ru/en/persons/ballet/all/ To see her and Myriam Ould-Braham (Emeralds) ,Saturday, July 22 at 2:30 pm, and then Olga Smirnova that evening at 7:30, I'd really recommend doing. Added: At a very quick glance it looks like excellent casting everywhere.
  9. I’ve just finished reading an interview with Makhar Vaziev by Catherine Pawlick. It has a few interesting comments that relate to Alyona Kovalyova. http://www.vaganovatoday.com/interview-vasiev-2017 Who are some of the promising young stars at the Bolshoi today? Alyona Kovaleyova, Ksenia Zhiganshina, Elvira Ibraimova, Margarita Shriner, Anastasia Denisova. I am moving them forward and helping them to grow. I think that it is well known. She [Olga Chenchikova, Makhar Vaziev’s wife] worked as a pedagogue at the Mariinsky. Is she working here at the Bolshoi now? Yes, as a pedagogue. She works with Alyona Kovalyova, Anna NIkulina [who I also feel has Mariinsky resemblances] and the very capable Nastya Denisova. So Olga Chenchikova, former Mariinsky ‘pedagogue’, is coaching her. Something that I would have hoped for. I wish that this all works well and that Alyona Kovalyova is as happy as possible in the process. Remember, there’s still the Mariinsky. Added: I would want to say that in my opinion it's to Makhar Vasiev's credit that he's recognised her ability and beauty and has taken such an interest and been so encouraging. She seems to be a sensitive, lovely and beautiful young artist who I hope will always be treated as such.
  10. The more that I think about this the more excited I get. Alyona Kovalyova Absolutely Belongs at The Mariinsky ! She could be their next Flagship Ballerina. But she isn’t. So for the moment I would reiterate my hope that Artistic Director Makhar Vaziev, formerly Mariinsky, recognises this and encourages her to develop in this manner at the Bolshoi. Let her grow and perform in her own Mariinsky greenhouse. If this doesn’t seem to be happening I think that She, primarily, and the Mariinsky and the Bolshoi should start thinking about a change. Maybe they could arrange a trade. Dancers from the Vaganova/Mariinsky, such as Svetlana Zakharova and Olga Smirnova, have thrived at the Bolshoi and this is great. Hopefully Alyona Kovalyova, in her own very special Vaganova way, will do the same. But if it’s not happening, if she starts to develop 'edges' instead of flow — Think Mariinsky ! If I knew whom to write some letters to, I would. I just wish her the best and will try to follow and comment on her development as much as possible.
  11. Evgenia Obraztsova is listed as Shireen the 21st. That's one I'd love to see. "Historic Stage" as well. Have a great visit !
  12. I've been doing a lot of comparative viewing today and I'm somewhat wowed by what a beautiful Mariinsky dream Alyona Kovalyova is. I hope with Makhar Vaziev, formerly Mariinsky, in charge that she never loses this. The closest I've seen recently at the Bolshoi is Anna Nikulina. Yekaterina Krysanova is also capable of this when she's at her delicate best -- an absolute dream. Alyona Kovalyova just floats like a cloud. That's until she does a jump that resembles a missile composed of a cloud.
  13. Here is the most recent look. She won the First Prize at this III All-Russia Young Dancer`s Competition Russian Ballet as did her partner, Egor Gerashenko. (There was also a higher Grand Prize won by Denis Zakharov). I thought that she looked like a Mariinsky star about a year ago when I first saw a video of her. I believe that she graduates the Vaganova this year. I hope that the Mariinsky grabs her and makes her a star as soon as possible. If not the Bolshoi’s Makhar Vaziev looks very interested, which would be fine also. She can be seen at 1:29:00 http://tvkultura.ru/brand/show/brand_id/61817/ (posted by Kultura TV, the broadcaster) Added comment: To say that "the Bolshoi’s Makhar Vaziev looks very interested" is a bit of an understatement. During the second part he can barely sit still in his chair ! Two other judges that may effect her immediate future are the Mariinsky's Yuri Fateyev and the Bolshoi's Yuri Grigorovich ( age 90 ! ).
  14. Thank you for the updates, Balletfreak. It's very good of Keenan to be doing this.
  15. Thus to play.... Mearns: Diana Vishneva Tereshkina: Alina Somova Delgado: Ulyana Lopatkina