Kirov in LA Sleeping Beauty tix on sale
Posted 28 September 2005 - 08:44 AM
Posted 28 September 2005 - 09:43 AM
Pavlenko doesn't dance Aurora, unfortunately, only Lilac and Florine, and her appearance in Detroit is very, very uncertain.
Novikova is excellent, if still rather young.
All information is liable to change, of course
Posted 29 September 2005 - 02:10 AM
Of these three I'd say Osmolkina might make the best Aurora, Novikova can be a bit inconsistent, and although she is a very pretty girl, Somova's hyper-extensions (way beyond 180 degrees) would make her the least attractive choice in my view. I hate to think what she could do to the Rose Adagio.
Posted 01 October 2005 - 08:41 AM
I know things can change at the last minute, but at this point Iím really glad I decided to make the trip!
Posted 02 October 2005 - 02:21 PM
Hi Diana, I`m disappointed that you will not dance in Detroit, because I was looking forward to seeing you. Do you have any idea who your replacement will be?
Diana: I do not know.
Her site's posted schedule for the month of October remains unchanged:
Oct 28 2005 Berlin: STAATSOPER The Sleeping Beauty
Oct 26 2005 Berlin: STAATSOPER The Sleeping Beauty
Oct 15 2005 San Francisco: Berkeley, Zellerbach The Sleeping Beauty
Oct 12 2005 San Francisco: Berkeley,Zellerbach Hall The Sleeping Beauty
Oct 8 2005 Los Angeles: Music Center The Sleeping Beauty
Oct 5 2005 Los Angeles: Music Center The Sleeping Beauty
One can certainly understand that the new production in Berlin will require significant rehearsal time.
Posted 03 October 2005 - 10:11 PM
Posted 04 October 2005 - 02:06 PM
I got my tickets for the opening night in Berkeley a while back, but if goldstar offers something for one of the later Berkeley perfs, I might pick up another ticket.
Posted 05 October 2005 - 09:11 AM
Wednesday 10/5 - Vishneva
Thursday 10/6 - Osmolkina
Friday 10/7 - Somova
Saturday 10/8 - Vishneva
Sunday 10/9 - Novikova
There's also a pretty picture of the three sitting on the steps of California Plaza in downtown.
Posted 05 October 2005 - 11:51 AM
Posted 06 October 2005 - 06:24 AM
.... Friday is Somova's debut as Aurora.
Good grief. We Americans are the guinea pigs! Maybe that's because all St. Petersburg balletomanes who I know cannot stomach Somova. Vaziyev knows better than to allow this to be seen 'at home.'
Has Alina Somova EVER received a kind review from ANY 'legit' critic, anywhere? Even Clement Crisp -- who rarely sees a Kirov or Bolshoi ballerina he doesn't love -- bashed Somova's Mariinsky Festival & London performances. But Somova's coaches are like energizer bunnies...they keep going & going & going until, doggone it, Alina Somova will be accepted & garner one or two decent reviews. As we say in Russia: "UDACHI!" ("Good Luck!")
p.s. - That's not to say that Somova couldn't be wonderful in modern works that welcome hyper-extensions and quirky-rough manners. Our frustrations are with the theater's management insistance on casting her in the leading ballerina roles of the classical repertoire.
Edited by Natalia, 06 October 2005 - 07:19 AM.
Posted 06 October 2005 - 07:34 AM
Posted 06 October 2005 - 07:46 AM
Anyone have any opinions of Novikova, the ballerina I'm scheduled to see?
She's fabulous, canbelto. In DC, we saw her Gulnare in Corsaire. She is superb as the 2nd soloist in Ballet Imperial (which I've seen in both StP and London). She is probably the best Kirov Kitri beside Vishneva; in fact, her repertoire mirrors that of Vishneva. Some St. Petersburgers call her "Vishneva Junior." [A couple of years ago, Irina Golub was being groomed in the Vishneva roles but it appears that Novikova is the latest Vishneva-type being pushed along. Just my humble observation.]
Osmolkina, among the three 'newcomers,' has the 'classic' Petersburg-aristocratic looks. She is the naturally-gorgeous lady who has worked VERY hard on her technique during the last couple of years to make herself worthy of the Soloist title. Her initial Kitri three years ago was a bomb but, now, she can dance toe-to-toe with the best of them.
Honestly, I find it absurd that Somova is being included in the group. If there was ever a worthy 'Aurora-ready' lady among the younger Kirov dancers, it is Evgenia Obraztsova, the fabulous Juliet of the London season. That Somova, rather than Obraztsova, is being given the chance to debut as Aurora at this time, is a highly-questionable management decision. Sorry - just the opinions of a long-time Kirov follower.
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