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Mikhail

INTERNET-BRIDGE

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WOW!

Dear friends,

We are starting a project unprecedented for ballet-forums – an Internet-bridge, through which Bolshoi dancers will answer your questions on-line.

The first dancer to participate in this experiment is Bolshoi’s principal Maria Alexandrova.

The session will take place on October 1st, 8 p.m. Moscow time, (6 p.m. Central European Summer Time, 5 p.m. British Summer Time, 12 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time). We will use two languages for this enterprise, so all questions and answers will appear both in Russian and in English.

The e-mail address for your questions is bolshoi_dancer@yahoo.com (you can send them beforehand). Please be sure to mention your nickname and location (the city and the country).

So, please join us on October 1st at the aforementioned time. Please do not forget to reload the page regularly to follow the discussion. The proposed duration of the virtual meeting with Maria Alexandrova is about 1-1.5 hours. The address of the thread is as follows:

http://forum.balet.ru/viewtopic.php?p=11589#11589 .

Thank you for the interest in the project.

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Thank you, Helene, for the support.

I have an idea. Participants of this forum can formulate their questions just here till, say, September 30. I guess, it will be easier for people and for the organizers to prepare something beforehand. Additional questions stimulated by the virtual talk with Maria Alexandrova can be sent by e-mail, as was described.

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Mikhail, this is very exciting!

Will the discussion stay up on the web for those who cannot read it in real time?

I had the great, great pleasure of discovering Ms. Alexandrova's special gifts during the Bolshoi's recent New York visit. I'd love to read the transcript, but will be away on the 1st.

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I am just to announce that the thread http://forum.balet.ru/viewtopic.php?p=11589#11589 , prepared for the virtual meeting with Maria Alexandrova, is renewed regularly. Questions which are displayed in the original languages for the moment, will be translated later. There are also some interesting links.

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There are some technical details concerning the virtual meeting with Maria Alexandrova.

The link http://forum.balet.ru/viewtopic.php?p=11589#11589 given above is the first post on a special thread to collect questions to Maria. When she enters the Internet tomorrow, each question and her reply provided with the translation from/to English/Russian will appear in consecutive order as a separate post on the same thread. Questions which could come during the session will be processed after the questions arrived in advance.

Welcome tomorrow to meet Maria Alexandrova.

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I'm sure these might duplicate others, but here goes:

Does MA worry about being type cast as the big bold ballerina, rather than being able to show a more vulnerable side?

What roles hasn't she been able to do at the Bolshoi is she interested in doing? Roles not in the rep.?

How does she feel about the new ballets being brought in, such as the Balanchine programs or Petit? And working with foreign coaches such as Verdy?

Which coaches have influenced her the most and why?

How does she go about learning a role? Does she use books or films? Or does she just rely on the steps, music and her coaches?

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Dancers often say that in order to develop fully they must have new works created specifically for them. Do you feel that your dancing benefits more from discovering older masterpieces or from working with choreographers on new ballets? Why is it so important for a dancer to have ballets made on them?

Could you talk a little bit about the difference between the technique required to dance Balanchine’s and Petipa’s ballets?

Do you feel that it is possible to combine the theatrical flamboyance which is the Bolshoi’s trademark with a very clean technique, or does one necessarily exclude the other?

You were a wonderful Sylphide in the Bolshoi’s production of that ballet. Could you talk a little bit about creating that character. What do you think sets Bournonville apart from Petipa and his heirs, and how does the technique required to dance his ballets differ from your training?

Do you think the Bolshoi needs to dance works which were created in the West in the last 80 or so years—Balanchine, Ashton, Tudor, etc, or should it concentrate more on works made specifically for the company?

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Hello to everybody!

Dear friends,

We continue our project – an Internet-bridge, through which Bolshoi dancers will answer your questions on-line.

This year our guest is Bolshoi’s principal Svetlana ZAKHAROVA.

The e-mail address for your questions is for_svetlana.zakharova@yahoo.com . Please send them not later than August 26. We will use two languages for this enterprise, so all questions and answers will appear both in Russian and in English. Please be sure to mention your nickname and location (the city and the country).

It would be nice if you repeat your questions here.

After collecting the questions we need some time: Ms. Zakharova - to answer the questions and organizers - to translate her replies. The preliminary dates for the session on line is September 25-26.

The address of the thread for the Internet-bridge is as follows:

http://forum.balet.ru/viewtopic.php?t=1016 .

Thank you for the interest in the project.

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Thanks, Mikhail!

What a wonderful opportunity for Ms. Z's many fans and ballet fans in general!

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