Great Male Dancers #2
Posted 23 June 1999 - 09:24 AM
I've mentioned his name before, but I don't know if anyone here has ever heard of him. The dancer's of the 80's I have talked to put him right behind Misha.
Posted 23 June 1999 - 10:01 AM
Posted 23 June 1999 - 10:24 AM
higher than Hilaire). I'd also list Charles Jude (recently retired),
and among younger dancers, Jean-Guillaume Bart seems
very promising (and perhaps also Yann Bridard and
Posted 24 June 1999 - 11:42 AM
Posted 24 June 1999 - 02:05 PM
Posted 24 June 1999 - 03:09 PM
Maybe age. Maybe whatever. But the technique was always amazing.
Posted 24 June 1999 - 09:17 PM
Posted 24 June 1999 - 10:47 PM
I last saw him perform Siegfried during the ENB's tour to Hong Kong, and was quite impressed. However I have always found his line too lumpy for my taste. I prefer a danseur noble with a purer line, such as those I have mentioned above.
Posted 25 June 1999 - 01:22 PM
Aleksander Antonijevic is a rising star in Canada. He can perform very difficult leaps and turns, but also has a really clean line & extension and overall technique. He's a leftie dancer, so in a lot of choreography he's been forced to do triple pirouettes and stuff on his 'bad' side, so he is now very strong on both sides.
Posted 27 June 1999 - 03:36 AM
Posted 27 June 1999 - 12:26 PM
In some ways, he makes me think of a super-charged Ivan Nagy. (I guess I'm showing my age here...)
However, having said that, I must also admit that Malakhov's technique can be somewhat lacking in the truly difficult stuff. He sometimes reaches a level where, if he goes beyond it in difficulty, the poise and grace go away, however briefly. It's jarring, and, while on most onther dancers, Malahkov's slight lapses at the top end of the technical spectrum would still be quite an accomplishment, for Malakhov, well, I always find myself wishing he'd be so perfect through the entire spectrum of his technique.
Posted 27 June 1999 - 09:51 PM
Posted 28 June 1999 - 08:10 AM
But nevertheless: his lyrical quality is truly unique, so are his high, soft and incredibly slow jumps, his wonderful arms, the lightness of all his dancing. And he is a great dramatic dancer, too, for example as Romeo or as Armand in John Neumeiers "Lady of the Camelias".
Did you know he staged "La Bayadère" at the Vienna Opera House recently? But is was not so great, because the whole company is so terribly bad.
Posted 28 June 1999 - 10:09 AM
I can still remember my first viewing of Malakhov in London in the summer of 1988, when he danced Siegfried with the Moscow Classical Ballet of which he was then a member. He had such an effortless high jump. I saw his Siegfried again in 1990 when Moscow Classical returned to Sadler's Wells in London.
I saw relatively little of him in recent years. I saw him once with ABT in New York in 1996. Last year (1998), I saw him in "Giselle", "Etudes", and "La Sylphide" Act 2 with ABT. His Albrecht was most moving. I can still remember one highlight of his amazing virtuosity. In his Act 2 solo, it was unforgettable to see Malakhov, after each cabriole, land on the ground arching his body so far backward - I hadn't seen this step from any other danseur before.
I read in the Japanese monthly "Dance Magazine" that Malakhov is to dance Giselle with Alessandra Ferri in Tokyo in early Sept. However, since I don't know Japanese, I cannot figure out with which ballet company they are dancing.
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