Posted 04 July 2006 - 09:20 AM
Sonia Arova and Erik Bruhn were engaged and definitely danced together, but from the bits and pieces I've seen, it doesn't seem like they were all that magical
And I never knew Haydee/Cragun were a couple.
George Balanchine and Tamara Geva. Pretty sure they danced together at the Mariinsky.
Posted 04 July 2006 - 09:23 AM
Posted 01 March 2007 - 10:42 AM
At the Bolshoi Ludmila Semenyaka used to be married to Michail Lavrovsky.I think that's why she moved from Kirov to the Bolshoi and they did dance together.Then she used to be married to Andris Liepa ( Maris's son),but I don't know if and how much they danced together. Generations wise,Semenyaka falls somewhere between Lavrovsky and younger Liepa.She is some 10 years younger than Lavrovsky and 10 years older than Liepa.
Back to the Kirov,the incredibly beautiful Inna Zubkovskaya was married to outstanding dancer Nikolai Zubkovsky whose name she took upon marriage and kept after their divorce.Then she was married to another Kirov principal( I think Oleg Sokolov).Zubkovskaya is an unusual example of Moskow trained dancer,whose whole proffessional career was spent at the Kirov.
On another note,off stage relationship or marriage is not a guarantee for great patnership.Case in mind Altynai Asylmuratova and Konstantin Zaklinsky.I attended their performance of Giselle in early nineties at the Kennedy Center and was no chemistry whatsoever. One of the reasons might be that she is one of the greatest dancers of all times and he is merely a very very good dancer.
Posted 01 March 2007 - 11:15 AM
There are also those times when the onstage chemistry may just have to develop slowly, especially if the two are not "natural" partners as to training and style. To wit, the increasingly onstage harmony of Jennifer Kronenberg and Carlos Guerra at Miami. (They were married this past summer.) This season I've been impressed at the way Guerra's partnering has become less tense, more generous, and ... happier. Even with other female partners.
Posted 01 March 2007 - 12:34 PM
Balanchine didn't fire him, technically, although Mejia was put in a position where he had no choice really except to quit. I think also in this context of the Diaghilev-Nijinsky- Romola dustup.
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Posted 01 March 2007 - 05:34 PM
WHOA. I've been away from the Houston dance scene for longer than I thought. I knew that Konvalina had joined NBoC, but I had no idea THAT had happened.
Posted 02 March 2007 - 08:58 AM
That's an interesting list, anin. I am repeatedly amazed at how many "stars" do get married to fellow stars, even though dancing as a partnership must put great strain on their relationship. There are exceptions, like Maximova and Vasiliev, who claim that being together all the time helps them in their partnership, but in general the stress, the competition and the fact that you can never really get away from each other (especially not in the middle of a ballet) makes it a big challenge. Is this specifically a Russian phenomenon, or is it equally widespread in Western companies?
Posted 02 March 2007 - 11:40 AM
Posted 02 March 2007 - 03:07 PM
It's great if partners understand how the other thinks, moves, and approaches a role/performance, but in the end passion and energy come from the underlying adrenalin of a live performance, and acting ability; the rest is the practicality of work. As Julie Kent once noted in the ABT Ballet Book, (paraphrasing): "You can never recreate the energy of a [live] stage performance in the studio. That's why rehearsing a kiss, you just feel silly." Another ABT dancer, when asked how they were able to dance with someone they didn't get along with replied, "Good acting."
Posted 03 March 2007 - 03:22 PM
As of last summer, former principal Jiří Bubeníček, now in Dresden, was dating POB étoile Marie-Agnès Gillot, but I don't know if they've had many opportunities to perform together. Former Hamburg soloist Yukichi Hattori and corps member Galien Johnston are now at Alberta Ballet, but the fact that she's taller than him would probably preclude any partnering opportunities.
Posted 04 March 2007 - 02:03 AM
I think they had at least a pdd created for them, but I don't remember the piece nor the event.
To add to the general list also Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares (both principals of the London Royal Ballett), officially engaged and maybe close to wedding: as reported, Soares proposed himself at the end of a recent Sleeping Beauty -on stage but with curtains down-, in front of the whole company and dressed as prince Florimund!
Posted 13 March 2007 - 04:22 PM
Very romantic. Of course, you want to be certain the lady is going to say yes, cf. Alec Baldwin’s misfired proposal in ‘Working Girl.’
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