Posted 20 July 2005 - 08:53 PM
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?
Posted 21 July 2005 - 07:24 AM
Posted 21 July 2005 - 08:03 AM
She seems to be extremely intelligent and thoughtful based on the interview, but sometimes people who think too much aren't very moving artists.
Posted 21 July 2005 - 08:58 AM
Clement Crisp, from yesterday's Links says
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 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?
Posted 21 July 2005 - 09:38 AM
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.
Posted 22 July 2005 - 03:25 AM
Kirov Swan Lake, London
Posted 22 July 2005 - 04:15 AM
Mashinka, I wonder if Lopatkina dyed her hair to have more of an effect onstage?
Posted 22 July 2005 - 11:03 AM
Posted 23 July 2005 - 12:39 PM
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.....
Posted 25 July 2005 - 11:44 AM
Thanks for the info, Paul. Ballet.co magazine's August issue has an in-depth interview with her, after a recent Swan Lake performance:
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 ...
“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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