St. Petersburg Ballet TheatreGeorge Mason U., Sat April 16, 2005
Posted 17 April 2005 - 07:23 AM
I suppose it depends on your artistic values whether this seems like glorious virtuosity or vulgar excess, but there's no denying the achievement of the dancers. I wish that I could praise them individually by name, but the program listed several alternate castings with no announcement who was dancing that night (sigh).
They are doing Romeo & Juliet here on Sunday. I read about it in Recent Performances forum (maybe I should have posted there instead?) but won't be able to attend. Anybody local see it?
Posted 17 April 2005 - 07:06 PM
I don't know the set up at George Mason U., but here at the University of Connecticut, the audio board is set up in the back of the house. If you are discreet, towards the end of intermission, if you hand them a program, you can sometimes get the audio engineer (generally travels with the company) to circle who is dancing that evening... it's not always reliable, but it's better than nothing.
[Now I'm doomed, no one will ever do it for me again!]
Posted 18 April 2005 - 01:34 PM
The St. Petersburg Ballet Theater dances as good a Chopiniana as could ever be seen. Fabulous rendition of the 1931 Vaganova version, as is performed at the Mariinsky. Tall redhead Julia Prossianikova was particularly divine in the Prelude.
Petukhov's Capriccio Italien was a delightful, energetic neo-classical piece, every dancer giving 101% of him/herself. The leading pair of Maria Yakhshanova & Nikolai Semenov made all of us in the audience want to get up & jump for joy!
Scheherazade was a fine literal retelling of the famous story, complete with the Scheherazade story-telling character (missing from the famous Fokine version). Petukhov's version replaced the Pavel Smok version, a long-time standard in this company; Petukhov's is a great improvement. The playbill's notes lent assistance to understanding this rather complex tale...thank goodness for those notes! A longish ballet, utilizing the entire Rimsky-Korsakov score (unlike Fokine), its choreography is energenic and joyful. Again, the tall, gorgeous redhead, Julia Prossianikova, was a standout as the title character. The young man who danced the character "Nur" is a modern-age Farouk Ruzimatov, in his jumping & pirouetting technique. [Who is he? I could not figure it out.]
Huge, instant standing ovation at the end of the programme.
In my estimation, this performance by the St. Petersburg Ballet Theater totally eclipsed that of Washington Ballet two days earlier. Septime Webre & company would be fit to see Petukhov's troupe, which employs about the same number of dancers. It will be years -- decades -- before the Washington Ballet could ever hope to equal or improve on what I saw at GMU last Saturday. It's not as if Washington's dancers do not have the talent & capability of dancing ballets like SPBT's Chopininana. That's the saddest part.
Well...thank goodness for touring companies who came to the DC area...and thank goodness for my Frequent Flyer miles!
Posted 18 April 2005 - 07:54 PM
Posted 18 April 2005 - 09:57 PM
There were some truly fine dancers in the performance I saw of the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre, and I really did want to know who they were.
Me too, for example the Prince (either Alexey Petrov or Sergei davydov) was a magnificent leaper, and ditto kudos to all the other principals, whoever they were! This company really got me excited, and I want to see them again. Plus you're
right, Natalia, the WB could do this too... taking it to the next level, I wish!
Posted 19 April 2005 - 06:51 AM
Perhaps the St. Petersburg Ballet Theater thought that, while on tour, the ticket-takers at each venue would be doing the same thing?
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