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Do these dancers ever dance anymore?

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I'm browsing the Mariinsky website, and I see these beautiful looking dancers, who joined the Mariinsky in the Vinogradov era, and I was wondering do they ever dance anymore?

- Yulia Makhalina

- Zhanna Ayupova

- Tatiana Amosova (actually, I saw her as the Lilac Fairy on the Detroit tour, but have heard that she rarely dances)

- Irina Zhelonkina (what a beauty!)

- Veronika Ivanova (who I've had a soft spot for ever since I saw her get terrorized by Natalia Dudinskaya in Backstage at the Kirov)

It seems as if nowadays the Mariinsky's main dancers are Vishneva, Lopatkina, and rising starts like Obratsova, Bolshakova, Tereshkina, Somova, Novikova ...

So do these 'older' dancers ever dance anymore?

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I'm browsing the Mariinsky website, and I see these beautiful looking dancers, who joined the Mariinsky in the Vinogradov era, and I was wondering do they ever dance anymore?

- Yulia Makhalina

Occasionally dances, but strictly at home

- Zhanna Ayupova

Spent last year on maternity leave

- Tatiana Amosova

Still dancing

- Irina Zhelonkina (what a beauty!)

Have heard she is also on maternity leave, but can't confirm this.

- Veronika Ivanova

Can't offer any information about this dancer.

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I'm browsing the Mariinsky website, and I see these beautiful looking dancers, who joined the Mariinsky in the Vinogradov era, and I was wondering do they ever dance anymore?

- Yulia Makhalina

- Zhanna Ayupova

- Tatiana Amosova (actually, I saw her as the Lilac Fairy on the Detroit tour, but have heard that she rarely dances)

- Irina Zhelonkina (what a beauty!)

- Veronika Ivanova (who I've had a soft spot for ever since I saw her get terrorized by Natalia Dudinskaya in Backstage at the Kirov)

It seems as if nowadays the Mariinsky's main dancers are Vishneva, Lopatkina, and rising starts like Obratsova, Bolshakova, Tereshkina, Somova, Novikova ...

So do these 'older' dancers ever dance anymore?

Hi Canbelto! With the exception of Amosova (who despite her age, stylistically should be on List #2), here are some others who should also be on List #1 - namely Pavlenko, Tarasova & Dumchenko. List #1 represents a group of ballerinas whose academicism and attention to detailed artistry, rather than rhythmic gymnastics is contrary to, or out of favor with what's popular there today.

List #2, with the exception of Lopatkina, Obratzova and Novikova, (it's still too early to tell with her yet), currently represents the image of what has evolved into The 21st Century Kirov Ballerina. It's ironic that Makhalina was the prototype for the remaining names on List #2 . . . Veronika Ivanova - yes, where is she? She's no longer on the roster and she's still in her prime. You're right, though. Now, it seems that '30 Something' is to the Maryinsky, what '40' is to POB :). Apparently, if you don't have The Coach, the clout, the clacques, the youth, the favor, or The Favored Style, it's extremely hard to get a performance.

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Veronika Ivanova is still on the roster as a soloist, and she even has an updated picture. But I just havent heard of any performances where she's actually danced ...

In fairness to the "favored" ballerinas though, Vishneva is probably among the top 5 ballerinas in the world today (at least IMO) and deserves all the performances she gets. But I just find it strange that among the principals, only three (Pavlenko, Lopatkina, and Vishneva) actually seem to get any performances.

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In the film "Sacred Stage," Ayupova is shown in part of the new Sleeping Beauty (2003).

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In the film "Sacred Stage," Ayupova is shown in part of the new Sleeping Beauty (2003).

She also dances the young girl on in Spectre on the Kirov Celebrates Nijinsky DVD. From the notes, it lookes like that was taped in 2002

Richard

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