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#16 Alexandra


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Posted 10 November 2003 - 10:22 PM

Unfortunately, Almaty is very much a foreign land to many of us -- but that doesn't mean we're not interested! The Fountain of Baksichiray is a beautiful legend, and it was lovely to see the photos. (And you now know many words about ballet!!!)

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 02:18 AM

Hello Marianne,

I agree, it might look a bit confusing to you. As far as I can see, that highflyer is from Belgium. Apparently so am I. He seems to know me for 33 and sth. years, which is exactly my age, and poss is my local nickname in belgium. So, apparantly, he's my brother, who knows about my sudden interrest in ballet, and the reasons for that. So Don't worry, you're back on track now :shhh:

But getting back to your message. I don't know where to start, you were writing so much.

OK, one by one.

Leila. Yes indeed, you should have seen her face if I asked her just by the way if she had a CD from that, And when I asked her if some friend brought this from the states, she had to think for a second, and then looked at me in a curious, suspicious and non-understanding way. Especially when I mentionned your name. She allmost fell on the ground ! But then finally, I gave her the full story. :P Quite surprising actually that the world is so small sometimes.

Yes, that other performance, was Kuralay indeed. As for me she had a nice performance. Really.
But for all the questions on who performed how, I will print this forum this evening and take it home. Together with Leila, we'll provide you with all details in writing tomorrow. OK ? :sweating: To really comment on other people is difficult for me at this stage :( , but I can immagine that (no offence to Toronto) you miss your home country, your city, and of course your friends at the Almaty Ballet. Therefor, I'll try to keep you updated on a regular basis, with the help and assistance of my private teacher :wink:

As for your sondtechnician, I really should meet him indeed ! One of these days, I'll try to find him there. Should be nice surprice for him too !

So, more news on the Almaty Ballet is coming. Promise B) And as for me, an illiterate in the world of ballet, it is surprising, and it feels good that I can make some expats happy in this way and by these means.

Hang on in Toronto, and get back to you tomorrow with first revews on your favorite dancers.


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Posted 11 November 2003 - 02:34 AM

Hello Alexandra,

thanks for the nice comments. Yes indeed, maybe many people are not so familiar with Almaty, Kazakhstan.

One should know though, that in Almaty, the theatre, (especially Ballet) is of a high level. OK, only classical ballet, but don't forget that these CIS countries have The Bolshoy, Mariinskii, and several other high-professional battel locations.

I suppose everybody knows where to find info on the two a.m. theatres, but just to make sure everybody finds it, here it's again : www.gatobabai.kz

Best greetings

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 03:36 AM

Hello Marianna,

as promissed, on special request, and to save on your telephone bill, here's some info on your favourite Almaty ballerina's and dansers :

That Wife of Khan, the young ballerina who had her premiere. She is still young indeed. Young but promissing ! On stage, she looks great, and one can feel that she feels at her place over there. Her dancing is good (great considering her age), and the acting itself (what could be the only comment on her performance that evening) will improve automatically with time (i.e. experience). Looks promissing and a pleasure to watch. :)

Vatzlav looked deffinately not bad neither. As per some peoples opinion ( :wink: ) he's a very good fellow to have as a partner. Maybe he's not such a good dancer as Dastan (though not bad hei ! ), but then again, he's better as partner. About this kid, on November 14th, he will perform in a concert (sponsored by the National Bank). He will dance some part from Corsaire, together with Leila. That will be the first time these two perform together. Will keep you informed.

What else ... (checking my notes :ermm: )

Dastan. On this one I can not go too much in detail, since he's working already several weeks together with Leila. Results will be seen tomorrow, when they stage together for the Nutcracker. The only thing I could figure out this far, is that he has big potential, really, he's a good dancer, but still a bit young in life. Sometimes needs to be pushed to get serious. But, yet again, also might become a big name in Ala. You'll here more on their results on Friday morning.

Oh yes, almost forgot : Samsung Electronics is having a big advertising campain for the moment. During two months, more than 30 big billboards will cover the city(really big ones), and plenty of small ones.
Also on the road to the airport for example, you can not miss them. People displayed are (mostly only one, sometimes two persons) : Kuralay, Leila, Dastan and Gulzhan, and two persons of the opera of which I really don't know the names. All of them look great. really.
And last but not least, maybe you new already, but if you didn't, Gulzhan is not dancing any more.

Hope this gives you again a closer feeling to your favourite Almata

greetings :flowers:

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 07:08 PM

Thank you THANK YOU dearest Local Foreigner in Almaty (BTW - I know your real name :D - Almaty IS bolshaya derevnya, you were right!

So, Leila was satisfied with the premier of a young ballerina doing Zarema's part. That is nice.

Let me ask YOU now - and the fact that it has only been your second or third ballet you've ever seen won't work here. How DID YOU feel during the most emotionally tense scenes?? Did YOU feel sorry when Vatzlav was killed? HUH??? Did you feel that heartache that Zarema felt when she discovered that her husband does not belong to her anymore?

Did you, finally, feel electrified when NurAli jumped on stage and did his wild (and may i add - extremely manly and sexy) part????? You do not mention Erjan Doskarayev - who's done Nurali's part (i hope he did that night?). That guy gives me goosebumps - whenever he's on stage and whatever he does on stage (yes, yes, yes, I confess - i am a total sucker for that guy, and my heart was broken when he got married :) :wink: But EVEN MY MALE FRIENDS who'd accompany me to ballet when he dances - they all agree that he is REALLY TOTALLY GREAT. "He LIVES HIS LIFE ON STAGE" - they say - "HE DOESN'T JUST WORK ON STAGE" (there is a huge cosmic difference between those two states of dancer's mind - LIVING and WORKING on stage, and I am very unhappy when some dancers expose me to that latter :( because i was lucky to have known better than that - by watching my teacher Aigul Jumagalieva to perform, every single second of every single part that she does. I am sure you'll notice her - she really stands out, a petite ballerina with a dancer's spirit large as a Sun :lol: )

Coming back to one of my favorite dancers of Almaty State Ballet - Erjan Daskarayev - to give an idea to people who haven't seen that brilliant young man to perform - try to picture the dance of Golden Idol from La Bayadera - performed at utmost best brilliance possible. He shines and he makes you feel like he dances only for you. When he's doing Gester in the Swan Lake he manages to flirts with each and every woman and girl in the theater - he is so good in creating that chemistry with the audience (hmmm, i guess, i wouldn't like THAT IF i WERE married to him :blushing:

So, tell me Poss (hope you won't mind me calling you by your nickname, since your bro has spilled the secret :thumbsup: ) - what did YOU FEEL watching it. We - non-professionals in ballet will NEVER be able to watch and perceive ballet performances as THEY do. I will never learn to catch all those little intricate nuances in classical dance, which i have learnt to accept about myself and not to feel guilty about. I just go by how the performance (particular dancer) makes ME FEEL and try to pretend at times i know something about "ACADEMISM IN BALLET" - looking at their "lines", arms, legs, feet (actually - i can tell beautiful feet from so-so feet now and know it is not good when someone breaks the "line" of the arm, by bending the wrist too sharply - it should be a soft "round" arch, you see :D )

So, confess how that Fountain of Tears made YOU feel? Thank you again, and I am looking forward to hearing ALL ABOUT the Nutcracker - from someone who doesn't know MUCH about ballet (AND do not allow yourself fall under professionals' influences in your opinions - sometimes it is not a good thing for non-professionals like us :wink: - sometimes THEY admire "beautiful lines" and i simply go :sleeping: )

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Posted 14 November 2003 - 02:24 AM

Hello Marianna,

some reading before the weekend starts . . .

I know there is a dedicated forum for Nutcracker comments, but in this case the city is of more importance than the play, so we'll keep it in the Almaty forum.

Take my word for it, Dastan was great ! He and Leila just danced together as if both of them never had another dancpartner in their whole life. Was nice.
OK, I know, I started with the same names again, but since you know the background, I hope you'll forgive me for that. :wub:

Generally speaking, Yesterdays performance (Nutcracker) was quite OK. Why only quite ? Well, let's say that approximately 55 % of the audience were children. Do I have a problem with children, even when they get too exited on something they see on stage (or should I say a trip they experience ?), No ! Deffinately no problem with these children. I seem to have more a problem with the parents of these children, who just don't guide their small ones into the right direction, on how to behave in such and such situation. But OK, what to expect from the children if the parents don't switch of their lovely mobile tunes, or when it is apparently no problem to show up right at the very beginning, or even five minutes after the start of the performance :angry: . But ok, think you got my point, and also for that, there are other forums.

So back to Nutcracker in Almaty.
You asked me last time me MY opinion, well lets say that the best part for me was the very beginning and the second part.

In the beginning, you have little Masha there together with her brother. The way they danced was really cute. Sorry not only cute but for their age, pretty impressing. OK, I heard that one of the teachers or some other proffesional was not happy overenthousiastic with the result, but yet again, you asked my opinion. That lady will really make it. OK she is still a kid, and lots of changes can happen in life, but the way she was 'acting' and dancing, looked promissing.
And by the way, also the audience enjoyed these two very much. I am really sorry, but I don't have their names But next time you have Kuralay on phone, she can tell you.

As mentionned before, off course, all the scenes where big Masha was dancing with her prince, I did enjoy. :wub: And really, the Prince was OK, more than ok. (btw, he sends you best regards :wink: )

The other favourite part was at the end, the Land of Sweets.
The spanish dance was just ok.
The arabian dance was already much better.
The russian dance got lots of reactions in the audience, but did not impress me very much.

But then came the Chinese Dance. Really super. This boy and girl on stage were astonishing. :wink: They got really lots of spontanious positive reactions during and after their dance.

The next one The Mirliton Dance I think ? was like they had some spare time before the finale and they had to add one extra dance just to fill the gap. Sorry to say so, but to me was really one of these :yawn: moments. Sorry.

The Waltz of flowers ? I know this will sound pretty stupid to most people on this message board, but this one I really enjoyed. Why, simply, because i DID recognize the music, and secondly, I even liked the music. I know it sounds silly, but for me the music makes half of the deal. :P

And off course what else could I say, the grand finale ... . I think no comments needed :wink:

Oh yes, before I leave you for the weekend.
Can you imagine ? As I told you previously, Leila is performing in a concert this evening with Alexey Safronov. Only now I start getting some understanding of the term a sponsored concert. They will not let me in ! ! ! :angry: That means that it is a complete private performance for all people with some link to the National Bank . Maybe that's normal, but it was not for me the first time I heard about it.
But OK, I think I'll survive a Friday evening without ballet, and being obliged spend all my Friday evening in the Irish Pub. :P

So far for Kazakhstan this week.

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Posted 24 November 2003 - 07:51 AM

The Waltz of flowers ? I know this will sound pretty stupid to most people on this message board, but this one I really enjoyed. Why, simply, because i DID recognize the music, and secondly, I even liked the music. I know it sounds silly, but for me the music makes half of the deal.  :P

Dear Local Foreigner in Almaty,

Trust me - your candid confession that you loved the Waltz of Flowers from the Nutcracker WILL NOT sound silly to NONE of the people on this board (and those who would think it's silly, wouldn't even come near this board :wink: ). I promise that everyone would nod agreeably :yes:

Of COURSE, it is a beautiful music and the choreography, and costumes and atmosphere of a fairy-tale - for me it is the essense of ballet (see my QUOTE ), or one of its numerous purposes: to evoke the feelings of delight and amiration in the hearts of people watching the ballet, and definitely, enjoying the Tchaikovsky's genius.

So, congratulations, it seems like you successfully becoming one of us - people who are hopelessly addicted to ballet (when this first occurred to me - i suddenly felt my "addiction" to ballet and everything about it - it honestly, felt SCARY at first, but then - I was lucky to have met and become friends with those few others alike, so things fell into right places, and my life has gotten its purpose and direction. Which is all about ballet :wub: )

Please keep sending us your updates from the Almaty Ballet performances - you are doing excellent job!! :wub:

THANK YOU, Poss! :wub:

Please say BIG HELLO to Lelia for me - i am missing her a lot! She knows that i am one of her most admiring fans! :D

GOT AN IDEA HERE!! :jump: If you happen to have a good photo-camera, why don't you take some photos of Leila back stage - either between parts of the performance or right after it - and post your photos on this site!! THat would be such joy!! :wub: Let me know if you think you could do that (you have to post 30 posts to be able to start posting images on this site though).

A presto, Marianna :D

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