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    National Ballet of Canada 2018-19 season

    Unfortunately, Tedaldi has nothing like their technical or stylistic refinement, build or even posture. It has nothing to do with the size of the ballerina. Tedaldi's limitations go beyond size. The National Ballet of Canada has had short leading men. Kevin Pugh and Jeremy Ransom spring to mind immediately. But they were unimpeachable classicists and virtuosos, the likes of which the company does not have today.
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    National Ballet of Canada 2018-19 season

    What the company really needs is a tall male principal to partner the taller young women Karen Kain has been advancing. What they've added instead are a short and a shortish male principal. Granted, the company performs almost no 19th-century ballet anymore, so the fact that Tedaldi could never play a leading man is less of an impediment than it once was. But he's also short. These men can't stand on each others' shoulders to partner Hannah Fischer or Alexandra MacDonald. The fundamental hole in the male ranks remains. (And it can't be filled by Brendan Saye or Christopher Gerty until they learn how to do a grand allegro manège, which, unfortunately, neither can at the moment.)
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    Vaganova Academy Graduation, 2018

    Objectively speaking, that would be an improvement.
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    Vaganova Academy Graduation, 2018

    That's not an objective measure of anything. A dancer can appear happy and really be miserable. A dancer can project joy in dancing despite a horrible teacher or boss because they love doing it regardless. I am not addressing Tsiskaridze and the Vaganova Academy per se. I know nothing about the reality of situation and cannot comment on it. But I do know dancers who hate their bosses and smile radiantly on stage nonetheless because they love performing, and because it's their job.
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    Petipa Gala

    I'd be grateful if one of our posters from Seattle could tell us how it's done in Peter Boal's production. I'm partial to the brisés myself. They strike me as having more dramatic purpose, whereas the entrechats-six can come across as merely a trick. For example, I remember Karl Paquette doing 36 of them, and that was impressive, but I'm not convinced the scene gained anything by his going past the allotted music. From that standpoint I can understand what Peter Wright was trying to accomplish, even though I don't like how he slows the music way down so that the entrechats can be made as large as possible. Theatrically, I think this decelerando defeats the purpose. For the record, in the Royal Ballet film from 2014 Carlos Acosta did ten. In the film from 2016 Vadim Muntagirov did eleven. In both cases the tempo was excruciatingly slow.
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    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    Vaziev means to subject Swan Lake to Chapkina's Swan Queen?!! Just when I thought things couldn't get worse.
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    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    Chapkina isn't inexperienced; she graduated ballet school ten years ago. She looks thin to the point of being underfed, and her ankles always look as though they are on the verge of buckling underneath her. Sometimes they do buckle. Personally, I find her unwatchable.
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    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    La Sylphide was one of the first ballets Obraztsova performed upon joining the Bolshoi, on February 8, 2012. https://www.bolshoi.ru/en/performances/234/roles/#20120208190000
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    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    Obraztsova made her debut in La Sylphide years ago, only she is rarely given it to dance at the Bolshoi. She's also been dancing Lacotte's version for years. She last danced Giselle in March, although that, too, is an infrequent occurence. I hardly think the dozen or so performances she's had at the Bolshoi constitute a good season. She is cast rarely, has the smallest workload of any full-time principal, and gets fewer performances than even demoted "ex-principal" Nina Kaptsova (although she's still ahead of Alexandrova and Allash, which isn't saying much). Her career has been rotting slowly ever since she joined the Bolshoi. It wasn't much better under Filin either.
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    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    I fail to see how the Post-Impressionists rejected their art form, since painting was their primary activity.
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    UNBOUND 2018: A Festival of New Works

    Guillem sailed through the promotion exams, ultimately being nominated to étoile within days of winning promotion to première danseuse. She was recognized as a unique prodigy from the outset.
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    Ratmansky's Paquita

    Alexei Ratmansky's staging of Paquita premieres at the Bavarian State Ballet on December 13. So far there's relatively little information about the run: no casting, and the company has posted only a brief video on Facebook of a rehearsal of the long mime scene. But the company's web site does include dress rehearsal photos, if you scroll down the page. https://www.staatsoper.de/en/staatsballett/productioninfo/paquita/
  13. For all we know, flowers may have been delivered to the stage door, but the company elected to deliver them straight to a dressing room rather than presenting them on stage. (It's happened to my bouquets--in Washington, in New York, in San Francisco, and in Europe, too--though ultimately they reached their intended recipients.) Curtain calls do happen at the Kennedy Center, but the audience has to be pretty insistent.
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    New company members 2018-19 season

    Obviously Makhar Vaziev thinks so, too. The offending ballerina was a Vaganova graduate.
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    New company members 2018-19 season

    Tell me about it. A few weeks ago at the Bolshoi I endured the worst "Diamonds" I've ever seen.
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    New company members 2018-19 season

    Kozlov does not look or move like a quintessential Bolshoi dancer. He certainly doesn't project a sense of power (unlike Zagrebin, who never arrived), although his jump is, of course, large. I don't think the Bolshoi takes any man without a big jump. I don't think the move to San Francisco is a bad idea for him, since he is probably better suited to a more contemporary style of choreography anyway. I don't find him to be a convincing classicist: his proportions aren't ideally harmonious, his line has nothing like classical purity, and his way of moving is insufficiently centered. Possokhov likes him, so at the very least Kozlov can dance those ballets. I can't speculate about other repertoire. I hated Kozlov in "Emeralds," for example.
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    New company members 2018-19 season

    I had wondered in passing why he was replaced in his performance as Lensky on June 24 given that he danced in Lady of the Camellias yesterday, and so presumably isn't injured. He's still scheduled to dance a performance of Nureyev at the end of the month, but we'll see if that comes to pass. I don't think the Bolshoi saw this coming. He'd made a debut as Pechorin-2 just a month ago. I doubt the company would have bothered if it knew of his imminent departure. If anything, the company's reaction comes across as a little angry: his name has already been struck from the Bolshoi's roster, and his online biography speaks of his Bolshoi employment in the past tense. He is tall, hyper-extended and hyper-flexible. Not the sort of dancer who appeals to me even remotely, but precisely the sort Makhar Vaziev likes, so his departure is a surprise.
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    Petipa Gala

    If the premiere of Harlequinade weren't around the corner, I'm sure he would have been in Moscow to do it.
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    Petipa Gala

    I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the performance. Ideally Makhar Vaziev would recognize that the program was a bust and learn from the exodus of viewers, but I'm not hopeful. (I would really like to hear his justification for including a piece by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui at a Petipa anniversary gala.)
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    ABT 2018 La Bayadere

    A year ago Sofiane Sylve attended Alessandra Ferri's performance of Onegin at the Met. She was wearing what looked like a homemade tiara made from white flowers found at a second-hand bridal store. I have no doubt it blocked the view of the person sitting behind her.
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    ABT 2018 La Bayadere

    A few years ago I saw Veronika Part, Gillian Murphy and guest Denys Nedak give the most compelling performance of La Bayadère I've ever seen. I hadn't suspected it was possible for the ballet to be so involving. But of course Part is no longer around. The theater wasn't sold out on that occasion either, although it also wasn't half empty. I'll chime in with my usual refrain that it's time for ABT to move back across the plaza and share the theater with City Ballet. It won't be possible to get eight weeks in a row, but that isn't working very well for ABT now, is it? I know the company won't do it, because "The Met" is the last bit of prestige it still has. (I haven't lived in New York for many years, so as a visitor to the city, I've taken advantage of the NYCB/ABT overlap more than once, but it's no longer sustainable.)
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    Ratmansky's Paquita

    Tweeted out by ABT: a piece of costume that has passed between Natalia Makarova, Cynthia Harvey, Susan Jaffe, Amanda McKerrow and Gillian Murphy. From up close it looks 38 years used, though from a distance I'm sure it looks just fine.
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    2017 -- 2018 Season

    You'd be surprised.
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    2018-19 Season

    Three direct flights from JFK to Sheremetyevo per day, about 9 hours in the air eastbound. ✈️
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    2017 -- 2018 Season

    The greatest affront is having Gergiev conducting. He doesn't know how to conduct ballet, he never knows the choreography, and he makes life impossible for dancers by giving them ridiculous tempi. However unfortunate the casting may be (Xander Parish? ), Gergiev makes it that much worse. But if the Mariinsky is okay with its dancers looking bad on international TV because of the unqualified conductor...
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