Premiere, 4/14 - Massine Triple Bill
Posted 05 April 2005 - 02:18 PM
I see that Russia's fabulous Kultura channel will preview the program on the day of the premiere - April 14, 18:15 'Ticket to the Bolshoi: Massine.'
Speaking of Kultura...other interesting upcoming ballet programs, prior to the Massine, include:
April 7, 18:15 - "Tsars Box: Mikhailovsky Theater" - a history of the opera & ballet troupes in St. Petersburg second imperial theater, also known as the Maly-Moussorgsky.
April 9, 18:45 - "To Your Home: Lyudmilla Semenya" - the great Bolshoi ballerina discusses her career
Each of these programs runs approximately 45 mins, sans commercials.
No word yet on the annual broadcast about the Mariinsky Festival but it's coming within one month. Stay tuned.
Posted 05 April 2005 - 02:26 PM
Posted 14 April 2005 - 05:06 AM
Miller's wife – Maria Alexandrova
Miller – Jose Martinez (POB guest)
Corregidor – Yuri Petukhov
Hero - Vladimir Neporozhniy
Action - Ekaterina Shipulina
Passion - Maria Allash
Lightness - Mariana Ryzhkina
Fate - Aleksandr Vorobyev
Temptation - Yegor Khromushin
Gloveselling Girl – Svetlana Lunkina
Baron – Mark Peretokhin
Peruvian – Morihito Ivata
To see the photos, go to this website (below), then click on the red rectangles in the second column from the left. Each rectangle contains the name of a ballet in the Massine triple bill...each has its own set of photos. Alas, the English-language version of the Bolshoi site is yet again under construction, so this must do.
Posted 15 April 2005 - 01:11 PM
As the Miller in 'Tricorne,' Martinez received reserved praise but almost everyone is looking forward to Dmitri Gudanov's rendering in the next performance, to compare.
The forum-reviews were mixed for 'Presages,' noting that the ballet is closer in style to Lopukhov's 'TanzSymfonia' than to anything by Balanchine.
In general, almost everyone agreed that it was a joy to see these three important ballets on Russian soil, at last.
Hopefully we can hear it straight from the viewers themselves...
Posted 24 June 2005 - 04:50 AM
The evening started with a big disappointment in Three-Cornered Hat. Since I have never seen any Massine ballet before, I have no idea how it should be – so I think the bad impression was a result of a mediocre (sometimes bad) performance.
Dmitry Gudanov (whom I really liked as James in the Sylphide and Lord Wilson/Taor in Pharaoh’s Daughter) dancing the Miller really had a bad day – right at the beginning he stumbled once running up a ramp and I wondered if this might have got him a small injury. There was absolutely nothing of his usual light and precise footwork ...
Anna Antropova (who is not one of my favourites) danced the Miller’s wife. As far as I could see she was technically okay, but her acting and facial expressions just didn’t match the music.
Some of the dancers of the corps had obviously difficulties in remembering the next steps.
Alexander Petukhov as the Corregidor did quite a good job, but is was not enough to make a good impression of the overall dancing-performance.
Good things to keep in mind were the scenery, the orchestra and the vocal soloist Evgeniya Segenyuk (who was brilliant as ever).
It seemed that most of the audience felt the same way I did - the applause at the end was nothing else than polite with no bravos at all (okay, it was a “wrong” ballet for the claque but now and then even “normal” people are shouting).
The contrast to the following ballet Les Presages could not have been bigger. Music, set, costumes and dance were perfectly matched together and it was highly appreciated by the public.
Hero – Alexander Volchkov
Action - Ekaterina Shipulina
Passion – Svetlana Lunkina
Lightness – Natalya Osipova
Fate – Yan Godovskiy
Temptation - Egor Khromushin
There were once again special - and well deserved - praises for Natalya Osipova. (I was astonished to see her dancing today, since I read that she is taking part in the current Ballet Competition.)
Gâité Parisienne nevertheless was the favourite of yesterday’s audience. This was really a comical ballet (not just meant-to-be and than spoiled by the performance). People were laughing and enjoying themselves and so were seemingly the dancers.
Marianna Ryzhkina – Gloveselling Girl
Mark Peretokhin – Baron
Denis Medvedev – Peruvian
Natalya Osipova – Soloist in the can-can
I have to admit that I nearly stared only at Mark Peretokhin as Baron. Before I had only seen him as Abdérakhmane in Raymonda, where he impressed with his passionate dancing but even here, with a totally different character and not many occasions for spectacular jumps, his presence alone filled the stage! Wow!
The rest was fine as well, especially Denis Medvedev and once again Natalya Osipova.
In the end: A lot of curtains, masses of flowers and nearly everybody was smiling leaving the theatre.
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