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  1. Hi, "Pherank". Moves that may sometimes just seem to be moves become very special because of the way that she is able to do them. In fact they seem sometimes to exist just to show off how remarkably well she can do them. For example, the second section (Winter?) starting just before 23:00 and perhaps most dramatic starting around 30:00.
  2. Hi, Drew ! I do agree with you. Also both she and Diana Vishneva have always been able to take most anything given to them and make it work.
  3. Sorry for the mixup, but it's always good to hear from you anyway and I'm glad that you enjoyed it. So did I. I also think that there's a lot of potential that can be developed in future works.
  4. Drew, I find that there's slightly less of this here than I've seen in many Mariinsky (and other) young (and older) contemporary choreographer's efforts and this is good. Sometimes 'modern dance abstractionism' does really work for me. I like certain efforts by Tharp, Forsythe, etc. very much. A handful of those sort of moves here did get my admiration. I think that Ilya Zhivoi is now trying to get more of a handle on this sort of thing. I'll also mention the possible collaboration of the Mariinsky's Maxim Petrov, having seen many of his works. He comes from a different style, which I like very much, a highly entertaining yet technically remarkable one. I think that this has to be factored in.
  5. MadameP said at the broadcast topic: “I enjoyed it very much for what it was, including the played around with Vivaldi music.” http://balletalert.invisionzone.com/index.php?/topic/42705-mariinsky-livestream-the-seasons/#comment-383425 For those who watch it now, here is an explanation of the music which might add to your enjoyment. For the last season’s Creative Workshop, Zhivoi prepared a one-act SeasonS to music by Max Richter (featured on his album Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons). The music of the contemporary British composer Max Richter represents a 21st century interpretation of Antonio Vivaldi’s masterpiece. Richter kept the shapes, the textures and dynamics of the Vivaldi’s cycle, but in his interpretation the instrumental music of the Baroque hit meets electronic sounds. The Spring and Summer parts of the composer’s album were the basis for the premiere of SeasonS (2016). Continuing his choreographic exploration of Max Richter’s music, Ilya Zhivoi will present his two-act ballet at the Stars of the White Nights Festival–2017. https://www.mariinsky.ru/en/playbill/playbill/2017/6/19/2_1900 (click on "About The Production")
  6. “The Four Seasons” and beyond. This work was broadcast on-line June 19 from the Mariinsky II Theatre and can now be seen here. It’s a ballet in two acts. The choreographer is Ilya Zhivoi, but I see much of the influence of the Mariinsky’s highly talented young choreographer, Maxim Petrov, who has presented four of his works at consecutive Mariinsky Festival’s A Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers. I would go as far as to say that this work seems like a collaboration. Much of what I consider the essentials of Maxim Petrov is evident here. What is different from his four large scale works, which are my favorites, is a lovely lyrical gentleness, which may exist in some of his small scale works. This may be one point of departure for what Ilya Zhivoi has done and is another very fine direction for this sort of thing to go in. The beautiful and very interesting complex blending and intertwining of dancers, who sometimes are performing separate patterns in the same grouping can be seen at 11:55 and 1:10:00. Much of this can be seen in Maxim Petrov’s work here at 1:30:00 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXILEnsBSrY Whoever’s doing what, there’s something very fine coming from several Mariinsky performances of young choreographers’ efforts. I’d like to add Garrett Smith who presented his work at this year’s A Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers. In a somewhat similar manner he has directed highly interesting, individual detailing to his small group of dancers. This can be seen at 43:10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXILEnsBSrY I like very much the gently lyrical feeling in The Four Seasons. I wouldn’t change a thing in what these fine choreographers are doing. I would like to say that much new dance seems to require a lot of physical difficulty and I wouldn’t mind seeing less physically demanding yet beautifully developed and equally interesting styling. A quick mention of Yekaterina’s Kondaurova’s excellent performance. I’ve stated that she can deliver extremely impressive theatricality as well. This can be very noticeable in her facial expression and is often done very selectively. Here it can be seen at 9:00 from The Four Seasons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiMucyaun0g
  7. It can now be seen here.
  8. I’ve watched the first two parts, MadameP, and I tend to like it as well. I do see the influence of one of my favorite happenings in new choreography, the Mariinsky’s young Maxim Petrov, in the interesting structuring of groups and moves. What’s been added is a blending of Mariinsky modern choreography and a nice sense of classical flow. In terms of young choreographers’ works that I’ve seen on the Mariinsky stage, this has a nice sense of focus and artistic composer. Any of these new choreographers’ efforts, in which Yekaterina Kondaurova always seems to be cast, at least show what wonderful ability she has. It’s really a pleasure when she’s given something worthy of herself. Added: For the moment it can still be seen here. At first viewing it really seems quite nice. https://mariinsky.tv/e
  9. Dance Magazine “When Masha posts on Instagram, people talk about it. And not just dance people—the San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre principal has more than 166,000 followers, drawn to her quirky content and statement-making style….” http://www.dancemagazine.com/the-most-influential-people-in-dance-today-2440965004.html She’s a Sweetheart —- and a very talented one.
  10. Please delete since Pherank already posted the video in the next post.
  11. Replay of today's Senior Finals can be seen here. I haven't had a chance to look at it. http://www.medici.tv/fr/ballets/moscowballetcompetition-seniors-round3/ This is one that I like from the Seniors on Friday from a video compilation that was just posted by the Academy of Russian Ballet. I'm not sure what determines its selection and I've just started through it. The advantage to watching its posted videos is that you can switch around which I'm unable to do with the Medici TV ones, which are complete, in order of appearance and better film quality. Anna Markova, 26, Russia Ivan Totov, 26, Russia Sleeping Beauty 27:15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dD0iqOFV4Ag
  12. This is another couple that I find very charming and entertaining. Felicia Rusu, 21 years old, Moldova, and Luciano Perrotu, 19 years old, Argentina, dancing Diana and Acteon, Esmeralda. Every so often she looks a lot like Yevgenia Obraztsova. He resembles an Argentine Hercules with all the delightfully consistant, physical attitude that you could ask for. 34:10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WSPacN1Cfo Added: And of course, the Mariinsky's Ernest Latypov and Anastasia Matvienko (non-competing). 1:01:00
  13. Having rewatched the video of Yekaterina Chebykina several times, I don't think that I've seen her dance more beautifully. I believe that folks in DC are in for quite a treat if she does appear. 22:20, Le Corsaire (and modern 1:49:15) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WSPacN1Cfo
  14. Evelina Godunova, 25 years old, from Latvia (Giselle Act I, 44:00 and modern, 2:03:00) did indeed catch my attention, Drew. She might be a contender. She has a fine mix of airy gracefulness and virtuosity. Her jumps, for instance, are both floating and grand. She has a grace and interest that could work well at the Mariinsky or the Bolshoi. Her modern flexibility and expression are also quite impressive. From a Mariinsky perspective, as a modernist, she could join the grouping pretty much dominated by Yekaterina Kondaurova, but with Renata Shakirova and Yekaterina Chebykina showing potential as well. The reason that I mention the Mariinsky and the Bolshoi is that from the smiles on Yuri Feteyev and Svetlana Zakharova’s faces it’s not beyond my imagination to see her at the Mariinsky someday. The finals will be on Monday with the results to be announced around midnight Moscow time.
  15. Once every four years. Although my choice as a winner might be Yekaterina Chebykina, 23 years old, (with non-competing ivan Oscorbin), at 22:20 and 1:49:15, there's other remarkable dancing and the contest isn't over. Here's another really nice one. 47:20 Terada Midori, 24 year old, Japan Olawa Koya, 25 years old, Japan, The Talisman. If you're into the space age keep an eye on him. She's absolutely lovely.