Three centuries of St. Petersburg - Gala concert
Posted 31 May 2003 - 02:12 PM
Anybody who saw this? Any impressions about the ballet sections?
Posted 01 June 2003 - 12:12 PM
Posted 01 June 2003 - 01:20 PM
I thought the level of dancing was sadly distressing for an event of this magnitude. Except for the riveting Polovtsian Dances and Leonid Sarafanov, whose youthful ardour provided a moment of hope, none of the established superstars did any effort to show they enjoyed being there. And can somebody please explain to Maestro Gergiev when is the correct time to begin a variation?
Posted 03 June 2003 - 07:49 AM
Sarafanov is incredibly gifted dancer, he resembled young Malakhov. However he is not yet credible Solor.
Uliana Lopatkina still have stage presence but she have something of old woman about her. I hope she will achieve good form in the future.
In “Le Corsaire” pas de deux Zakharova was sweet but less strong technically than usual. Zelensky was more strong that in the winter but he still put away hard liftings from that part. At last Ruzimatov in the same pas de deux did more above-head liftings.
Posted 03 June 2003 - 08:21 AM
Posted 04 June 2003 - 02:18 AM
Posted 04 June 2003 - 01:07 PM
Kevin - Putin *did* attend the Friday-evening gala at the Mariinsky, as well as a special outdoor gala at Peterhof the following day. [Well, that looked like Putin sitting with Tony Blair and 40-plus other heads of state way down in the parterre...I was relegated to the not-so-cheap 'cheap seats' three tiers up!]
The highlight of the evening, for me, was Uliana Lopatkina's 'The Swan', which absolutely brought down the house. It even topped Vishnyova's Nikiya in 'Shades'. On the other hand, I was disappointed with the lumbering quality in Zelensky's dancing. Sad.
I can't comment on the Peterhof gala, which was closed to 'real people' but a similar outdoor gala, with Mariinsky stars, was held that night at the Ekaterinsky Palace in Pushkin (the palace with the Amber Room) and *that* was nnnnnniiiice!!!
Even nicer, the city is back to normal now, with streets open to the usual traffic.
p.s. - for those of you who know him, my husband recently passed his final Law School exams at Moscow U. Excuse my little pride-in-family moment!
Posted 04 June 2003 - 02:37 PM
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