Posted 09 October 2004 - 10:39 PM
I saw the Boston Don Q tonight (Gracheva-Filin) and had a marvelous time. The secondary roles were particularly delightful, with a lot of dancers proving again and again that there are no small parts.
The one dancer that really made me go "Who is she?", though, was the young woman doing the second variation in the Act III divertissement. Nelli Kobakhidze, the program said (Knowing Bolshoi casting, one only hopes that is correct. Tallish, thin and long, dark hair, pale skin). She was just lovely - delicate and strong at once.
Can anyone tell us more about her?
And Yulianna Malkhasyants was over-the-top wonderful as the happysadhappysadoverjoyeddespondent Gypsy. It was the kind of deliriously whacked out performance I've only seen Russian dancers pull off.
Posted 10 October 2004 - 12:19 AM
It seems the dancer you asked about really is Nelly Kobakhidze. She looks like you described, and she is a person who can attract attention even in small role.
She was born in Georgia, like Nina Ananiashvili. She began to study ballet in her native Tbilisi, after some time moved into Moscow ballet school. In 2001 she was graduated from the school and joined Bolshoi Ballet.
In Bolshoi she danced small roles like Tenderness Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, variation in Raymonda dream (I wonder if she danced it in USA?) and so on. Her main achievement is leading role in Les Sylphides, and, last season, solo roles in Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco and Yury Posokhov’s Magrittomania. In galas she danced pas de deux from Giselle and Raymonda.
She attracted attention of Moscow audience by her musicality, charm and lyrical qualities. She was noticed even when danced in the corps. She seems to be intelligent dancer. Her only problem is, as it’s not unusual with thin and long-limbed dancers, she sometimes have technical problems. But she is young, so if she’ll be able to cope with big roles, we’ll have a ballerina of highest level.
Posted 12 October 2004 - 06:41 AM
The other corps-level dancers on whom I'm keeping an eye include:
- Anastasia Meskova (the 2nd-cast Juliet...still in the corps!)
- Anastasia Stashkevich - a virtuosa
- Natalia Osipova - absolutely gorgeous...she has that Margot Fonteyn look!
- Vyacheslav Lopatin - a real virtuoso...SL pas de trois & Peasant pdd-type roles, so far
Posted 01 March 2005 - 03:10 PM
I just read in the February 2005 issue of the Russian ballet magazine "Lineya" that Nelli Kobakhidze made her debut as 'Giselle' with the Ufa Ballet (Nureyev's home town) in late January. She was a guest artist, along with POB's Karl Paquette, who danced Albrecht. The article mentioned that Kobakhidze, who is presently in her 4th season as a Bolshoi choryphee, has been preparing the role for a long time & finally had a chance to perform it in far-off Ufa.
Posted 01 March 2005 - 05:13 PM
As Dick Button might say, "Good for her!" I bet she was a lovely Giselle.
Posted 01 March 2005 - 08:29 PM
Posted 01 March 2005 - 09:24 PM
she and Krysanova -- you dind't mention HER!!! was she dancing in Boston? -- completely made me go crazy with delight. I wasn't just technical,. they dance like Americans, or rather, in he liberated Russian style -- relaly musical, such gusto in he action, when everything else is so clear what it reveals is wonderful phrasing....
are we on he same pak\ge?
Posted 02 March 2005 - 01:14 PM
It's hard to say now what I liked about Kobhakidze. I just remember she had lovely phrasing and a clarity that made you look at her. It was one of those moments on stage where you look at one dancer, nudge the person next to you and ask, "Who's that one?"
Posted 02 March 2005 - 06:56 PM
ps, I apologize for all those typos in that post... reeally awful....
Krysanova must not have been in it. You'd have remembered her. she had 2 big variatoins in Raymonda and just knoked our socks off. Much like Kobakhidze in phrasing, loft, clarity, but a rounder-faced, "prettier" girlier girl.....
Posted 23 November 2005 - 12:52 PM
Nelli had a magnificent debut as the Miller’s Wife in Tricorne. It was the first time I saw her in a non-lyric role and she was absolutely fantastic – brilliant technique, flamboyante, coquet, hilarious … ( my husband adds "gorgeous" to the list)
Mr. Ratmanskiy: it is definitely time for a promotion!
Posted 23 November 2005 - 03:27 PM
I laughed when I saw the description "gorgeous," because I'm visiting England right now, and the only thing I've heard that word used to describe here is food
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Posted 15 August 2006 - 02:57 AM
Lunkina will also be dancing tonight - in "Go for Broke" (as last night) and Part 2 of Symphony in C.
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