Moscow Int'l Ballet Competition reports
Posted 27 June 2005 - 10:36 AM
Mikhail and singing_medora, many thanks for the useful links.
Posted 28 June 2005 - 12:13 PM
Junior women (my lists, not in any order)
Christina Shevchenko USA
Marina Burtseva R
Maria Vinogradova R
Oksana Kardash R
Alyona Samarskaya R
Elena Kazakova R
Chinara Alizade R
Ivan Vasiliev Belarus
Alexander Shpak Ukraine
Zherlin Ndudi Ukraine
Igor Motizov R
Isaac Hernandez Mexico
Matthias Dingman USA
This evening was the Third round for the Junior division. Each competitor had two classical variations or, instead, one pdd. Two competitors selected pdd:
Kazakova Corsair act II, and Alizade Swan Lake act III. Both had non-competing partners.
The evening as a whole showed some cases of understandable stress and tension,
so there little slips and hesitancies that showed some performers not at their very best.
Others came through energized to a degree that showed them in superb form.
Among these were Christine Shevchenko, Alexander Shpak [Actaeon and a wonderful Giselle act II variation], Ivan Vasiliev, Isaac Hernandez, and Zherlin Ndudi for his second variation. (His first was good and he received enormous applause [DQ] but his second [Actaeon] was right on ). Burtseva for her second dance performed a variation
from Esmeralda act II -not the tambourine variation- but another with slow movements
and bourees with parallel feet going backwards in long lines across the stage, that were greatly appreciated by the audience.
The results are to be posted at midnight, local time. That's about now.
PS I'll be glad to provide any details or specifics but there's just too much to write about.
Posted 28 June 2005 - 12:24 PM
Comment & Question on one of the junior male finalists -- Zherlin Ndudi of Ukraine. I saw him in the video of the 2003 Eurovision Competition, when he won the top prize, so I know what an amazing raw talent he is (was 'raw' then...surely with more finesse now, two years later). QUESTION: He is Ukrainian but do you know his ethnic background? He is a very good looking mulatto. I would have guessed him to be Cuban, in fact, but the name is not Spanish. Perhaps he has African blood? I'm sure that his history has appeared in the Moscow newspapers, by now. Thanks, in advance, for any info that you have on the background of this fascinating dancer!
Posted 28 June 2005 - 01:18 PM
GOLD - USA!!! Christina Shevchenko for soloists
Russia's Chinara Alizade wins jr. women's gold for duets
SILVER - Natalia Vorontsova among duets; Maria Vinogradova among soloists
BRONZE - Elena Kazakova among duets; Anna Tikhomirova & Marina Burtseva (TIE) among soloists
All female medalists except for Schevchenko are Russians.
GOLD - Ivan Vasiliev (Belarus)
SILVER - Zherlin Ndudi (Ukraine)
BRONZE - TIE between Isaac Hernandez (Mexico) & Matthias Dingman (USA)
No jr men duet awards were given but Karim Abdullin (Russia) obtained a special award as non-competing partner.
All the remaining junior participants in the third stage obtained diplomas.
CONFIRMED via the Russian magazine, Balet, site:
Posted 28 June 2005 - 04:41 PM
Posted 28 June 2005 - 09:03 PM
In Post #47 I neglected to mention that in the Third Junior round,
Vorontsova also danced a pdd, Nutcracker Act II, with a non-competing partner.
Congratulations to all of them!
Posted 29 June 2005 - 06:11 AM
Do you know if the choreography prizes will be announced concurrently with those of the senior dancers?
Posted 29 June 2005 - 11:25 AM
Congratulation to everybody taking part in this competition and especially to the winners Ivan Vasiliev and Zherlin Ndudi
Posted 29 June 2005 - 01:58 PM
The results for the Senior division were to be announced at the theatre around 12:30 am, about half an hour ago. We were having dinner, so I don't know the results.
My choices as top contenders are:
The biggest, longest applause of the evening belonged to Denis and Anastasia Matvienko in the Corsaire Act II pas de deux. The adagio was gorgeous, with beautiful supported pirouettes. Their variations were outstanding- they had it all. The applause for his variation was thunderous.
Obraztsova danced the Bournonville 'Festival…' variation to no great applause, but her Sleeping Beauty Act III variation was well applauded. I thought she danced both of them
Osipova in the DQ pdd , made of the variation a very exciting dance. In the coda she started out with a series of double fouettes and then a series of singles with a perfect finish. Just before the end of the coda she came way off balance in an arabesque but it wasn't clear whether it was an error of the partner or not.
Krysanova also finished the evening's program with a DQ pdd. She danced with great zest and a beautiful clarity of line. Her non-competing partner did not always give her the best support.
Yaroslav Salenko seem to 'nail' his Corsaire variation; in his first variation, DQ, he performed double tours ending in arabesque, but alternating sides: one right, the next left,
the next right… Outstanding dancing.
Domrayeva and Ischuk were another couple who were sensational in a DQ pdd.
Tomorrow the first gala.
Posted 29 June 2005 - 02:46 PM
Thank you for the splendid review of the seniors. It made me feel as if I was watching along with you.
Posted 29 June 2005 - 06:35 PM
you make it present, I'm quite excited....
I'm pulling fr Krysanova, but the Matvienko duo seems to have had God on their side that night...... It's wonderful when BOTH dancers are really on. Wish I'd seen that, it sounds so fully realized.
Posted 29 June 2005 - 09:58 PM
Grand prix – Denis Matvienko (Ukraine)
1. Matvienko Anastasia (Ukraine)
2. Domracheva Natalia (Russia, works in Kiev) and Krysanova Ekaterina (Russia, Bolshoi)
3. Osipova Natalia (Russia, Bolshoi)
1. Obraztsova Evgenia (Russia, Mariinsky)
2. Dronina Jourghita (Lithuania)
3. Matsak Natalia (Ukraine)
1. Ishchuk Victor (Ukraine)
2. Kozlov Ivan (Ukraine) and Wang Zhiwei (China)
3. not attributed
1. Salenko Yaroslav (Ukraine)
2. Tabyldy Doszhan (Kazakhstan)
3. no candidates
Andrei Pisarev from Ukraine who danced in the group of men soloists was injured at the rehearsal 15 minutes before the beginning of the competition and did not participate.
Posted 30 June 2005 - 01:15 AM
I wonder where Anastasia Matvienko performs -- is she Denis's wife or sister? Thanks.
Posted 30 June 2005 - 02:53 AM
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