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Ulyana Lopatkinaballerina


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#1 drb

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Posted 20 July 2005 - 08:53 PM

There's a wonderful interview of Mariinsky Swan Ulyana Lopatkina in ballet.comagazine this month:
http://www.ballet.co...w_lopatkina.htm
Included is a beautiful, large photo of her Odile, and one of her with her three year old daughter. I've read that she's Russia's Assoluta, but have never seen her when the Kirov/Mariinsky has visited New York. Are there any eyewitnesses to her Odette/Odile who can describe what it is about her that is so special?

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 07:24 AM

Thanks for posting that, drb. Those photos are great, and it is interesting to read about her opinion on the 6 o'clock extension (especially with the recent discussion about it on this board) and the neoclassical repertoire.

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 07:40 AM

She is very tiny, with beautiful arms and hands.

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 07:48 AM

She is very tiny,


Actually, she's rather tall.

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 08:03 AM

I'd be interested to hear whether people find her emotionally expressive or cold and calculating. The reviews I've read make it sound as if she is remote to the point of ignoring everyone else onstage, but Ismene Brown found her very effective.

She seems to be extremely intelligent and thoughtful based on the interview, but sometimes people who think too much aren't very moving artists.

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 08:29 AM

She is very tiny,


Actually, she's rather tall.

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She has a tiny build. I have seen her dance. I didn't think she seemed tall.

She has a very expressive face, too.

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 08:58 AM

I'd be interested to hear whether people find her emotionally expressive or cold and calculating.  The reviews I've read make it sound as if she is remote to the point of ignoring everyone else onstage, but Ismene Brown found her very effective. 

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Clement Crisp, from yesterday's Links says
" She has claimed this role over a decade with an interpretation that has acquired a thrilling resonance. Here is the Princesse Lointaine as swan, the enchantress Odile as icon, the dance as haiku, molto adagio the dynamic norm, a reading more expansive in timing than I have seen with any other ballerina. It is intensely personal, as if she poses a series of questions to herself about the nature of the role, and about the ballet itself."
...and goes on to describe a very personal, internalised performance. It may just be that she is boring to some, profoundly deep to others: a little like responses to McKerrow's Giselle over the years.
About the size issue: perhaps her trunk is slight but her limbs are long?

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 09:38 AM

Lopatkina is both tall and long limbed. My guess is that she is five foot eight or nine. She stood next to me watching a performance from the wings recently and that is what I judge her height to be compared to my own.

When young, she was painfully thin but since experiencing motherhood her physique has improved noticeably. I am sorry that she now dyes her fair hair dark though, as it gives her a somewhat hard look at times.

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 03:25 AM

The reviews of her in London have been quite mixed. All enjoy her technique, but questioning the interpretation. Someone said to me that he felt 'cold' through the Swan Lake performance, others have been fully involved and enraptured. Beyond the news links, there's posters' views of her, as well as the other Odettes/Odiles (including Somova!) in the current London run here:
Kirov Swan Lake, London

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 04:15 AM

All right, after reading that thread on Ballet.co, I simply must see Lopatkina as Odette! Unfortunately the Kirov has already brought Swan Lake to the Kennedy Center recently...I wonder when they'll bring it again, along with the restored Sleeping Beauty.

Mashinka, I wonder if Lopatkina dyed her hair to have more of an effect onstage?

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 11:03 AM

I would have to agree with those that say she is rather tall. I have stood right next to her (she was involved in a conversation with my daughter's teacher) and she is quite thin, with fine bones, but very TALL. I think Mashinka may even be reporting her size in inches a little on the conservative side. I would venture a guess at 5ft 10 in., as that is the height of my daughter's teacher, and Lopatkina was wearing flats. She also is beautiful and intelligent and has perfect skin.

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 10:34 PM

I would have to agree with those that say she is rather tall....  I would venture a guess at 5ft 10 in....

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Yes, she is at least 5'10". I believe she is the tallest ballerina the Kirov has ever had.

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 12:39 PM

She was magnificent in Diamonds when the kirov came to Berkeley a few years ago.

Dreamy and very mysterious in the adagio, brilliant and witty in the scherzo (and the only ballerina who could handle the scherzo -- Pavlenko, who was gorgeous in the adage, looked behindhand and, well, tired, in it)....

She was also a fiery Zobeide.....

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 11:44 AM

She was magnificent in Diamonds when the kirov came to Berkeley a few years ago.

Dreamy and very mysterious in the adagio, brilliant and witty in the scherzo (and the only ballerina who could handle the scherzo ...

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Thanks for the info, Paul. Ballet.co magazine's August issue has an in-depth interview with her, after a recent Swan Lake performance:
http://www.ballet.co...a_lopatkina.htm
An excerpt:
“Basically speaking dancing is very hard work” says Uliana Lopatkina, whose breathtaking performance in the dual role of Odette/Odile last week emphasised yet again her position as the current world’s greatest female classical ballet dancer. So adored in her native country, which venerates dancers with almost the same passion we reserve for footballers, Lopatkina, 31, is dubbed by the Press as The Soul of Russia.
Talking to her backstage dressed in a simple black trouser suit, her only jewellery small silver ear loops and her short auburn hair pinned behind her ears with plastic combs, it is clear where her sanctification comes from. Unlike the Imperial ballerinas building empires on diamonds thrown by adoring Tsars, Lopatkina’s power base is the strength of her own convictions. Her deeply religious beliefs inherited from her mother are widely known.

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 06:17 AM

Here are five fairly large photos of Lopatkina as Nikaya. Two appended photos are of Lunkina in DQ. Click on each to make large.
http://www.bolshoi.n...e-lopatkina.htm


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