Kirov in Orange CountyFokine Program
Posted 23 October 2003 - 11:27 AM
Chopinianna was danced with such romantic essence that I almost forgot the year in which we live. I think it was this that took my breath away. The technique was all there and the clarity of the entire corps movement was amazing to me.
Schererazade was a visual delight as well. Igor Zelensky and his partner sizzled in this exotic tale of the faithless wife with wondeful drama and technical flair. The exhuberance of the dancing slaves spilled off the stage while keeping their beautiful ballet technique in order.
Firebird was my least favorite of the night. However, It faired far better than newer versions I have recently seen. And it came to mind, "why fix what ain't broke?" I liked the ballerina role very much for its musicality and character. I actually grasped the relationship of bird to man more than in other productions.
I cannot say that this show was flawless but it certainly captured my imagination and took me another place in time. The style, the visuals, the excellent orchestra with dancing that renewed my faith in classical ballet............Bravo Kirov.
Posted 23 October 2003 - 01:20 PM
Anybody else who went?
Posted 24 October 2003 - 12:40 PM
Posted 24 October 2003 - 03:59 PM
Mazurka and Valse #2.....Daria Sukhorukova
Valse #1.....Irina Zhelonkina
Prelude...... Irina Golub
Young Man...Igor Kolb
The Golden Slave...Igor Zelensky
Zobeide........Tatiana Tkachenko (but she looked more like Lopatkina?)
Ivan Tsareich........Victor Baranov
Hope this helps, Marc. I am not familiar with any of these dancers except Zelkensky so I would not know if someone was replace or not. I don't remember any announcements prior to the show. I wish someone would comment on the reconstruction of these ballets. L.A. Times reviewer Lewis Segal discussed the changes in Firebird an I am curious what others thought of this revival. Seeing Jewels tonight.....and hoping I get to see Diana Vishneva.....
Posted 25 October 2003 - 10:20 PM
Posted 26 October 2003 - 02:23 PM
Posted 26 October 2003 - 04:48 PM
Thanks for verifying the beautiful ballerina in "Scheherazade" The wearing of a wig may explain my confusion. It was a wonderfull ballet in total and I will have lasting impressions of Igor Zelensky bursting onto the stage for his entrance as well as the combined elements of the dance, music and visuals that seemed to all fit together with the right theatricality. It could have been so camp. But for some reason the entire scenario was wonderfully entertaining , atleast for this ballet goer........... :yes:
Marc........the program on Wed. eve was correct afterall.....it seems we did view the dancers identifyed in Wed. evening's program .....a relief :sweating:
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