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Several Soloists leaving Kirov-Mariinsky


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#1 Natalia

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 09:24 AM

From various sources, reported by family in St. Petersburg:

- Andrei Merkuriev joining Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow, as principal. Signed permanent contract. Switch will occur at the end of August '06. He confirmed this to press at a conference yesterday.

- to Dresden Ballet: Elena Vostrotina and Dmitri Semionov, the brother of Polina Semionova, who is already in Germany (Berlin Ballet)

- to Bordeaux Ballet (Charles Jude's troupe): Olga Yesina and Vladimir Shishov

Others to follow soon but contracts not yet signed. Stay tuned, folks.

So Merkuriev's appearance in the Spanish Dance of the just-filmed Swan Lake DVD is literally his 'Swan Song' with the Kirov.

Leigh Witchel - You probably saw Semionov in his very last appearance with the Kirov, when you saw his Solor last week. How nice that he was able to finish the first phase of his career on a high note.

#2 beck_hen

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 02:18 PM

Thanks for the information, Natalia. Not being as familiar with the workings of the company, I'm wondering what it means. Is this a usual pattern or does it indicate turmoil at the Kirov?

#3 Alter Ego

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 04:54 AM

I think the reason of so many company members leaving is just the fact, that the theatre is closing for several years due to restoration.
So the dancers who stay in the company have to dance on different stages and to train in different studios.

#4 Natalia

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 05:10 AM

The theater is closing for only 18 months, commencing Jan. 1, 2007. That's the latest announcement, at any rate.

Here's a more likely reason for the departures. Talented up-and-coming dancers like Vostrotina, Yesina and Simionov have little opportunity to perform in substantial roles, unless they are highly favored within the politics of the organization and of 'Russian Life' (such as Somova or Kondaurova). Hence, any opportunity to depart for professionally-greener pastures is welcomed, especially if the sponsoring organization makes it easy for them (visas, travel, household move, etc.).

Update - even more have recently left!

Vienna Opera Ballet recently welcomed Maria Yakovleva, one of the great talents of the Class of 2005. Barely able to perform in StPetersburg, Yakovleva joined Vienna Ballet as a soloist (their highest rank). Also in Vienna is Ivan Popov (as demi-soloist) and one other male dancer whose name escapes me.

#5 GWTW

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 05:14 AM

Natalia, what do you mean by the term 'Russian Life'?

#6 Natalia

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 05:35 AM

GWTW, I leave that vague, on purpose. :angel_not:

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 05:40 AM

Gotcha. I figured it was either the name of a tabloid or that you were leaving it vague...

#8 Natalia

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 06:00 AM

I suppose that I could also write 'Nigerian Life' or 'Mexican Life' or 'Ukrainean Life.' Russia is not alone in combatting this malaise. Apologies - I don't mean to pick on my second home, which I love, warts and all.

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 10:51 AM

Regarding the lack of opportunity to perform in major roles --

It seems that even the favored principals don't dance these roles all that much, at least compared with North American standards.

Is this impression correct? If so, why is this the case (is it just a function of the vastness of the company)? Where CAN the company's dancers get the performance experience and the oportunity to expand their art? Some guest with other companies. What about the rest?

#10 canbelto

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 05:40 PM

I just found this thread that has photos of members of the Vaganova Class of 2003, and you can spot Vostrotina and Somova among them. Vostrotina looks like a beautiful dancer.

#11 Natalia

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Posted 21 July 2006 - 08:05 AM

A shocker: Viktoria Terioshkina and Natalia Sologub have left the Mariinsky. Both will be soloists with the Dresden Ballet in Germany. Confirmed in the Semper Opera House, Dresden, website:
http://www.semperope...b_category.html

At least Washington, DC, saw Terioshkina in some of her last performances as a member of the Kirov-Mariinsky, when she triumphed as Myrthe in Giselle. She will be missed, as will all of the other talented dancers.

#12 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 21 July 2006 - 08:36 AM

Natalia, I may be wrong, but for some reason I think Tereshkina is only guesting with Dresden at that rank, rather than severing her ties with the Mariinsky. Do you have different information?

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 10:29 AM

According to the Mariinsky website Tereshkina & Fadeyev just opened the season in St. Petersburg last night in Swan Lake. She is also scheduled to dance on their North American Tour next month so, thankfully, it appears that she has not left the Kirov.

Any reports of last night's performance?

#14 Helene

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 11:38 AM

The current version of the Dresden company roster has an asterisk by Tereshkina's name. That or a cross usually means "Guest Artist," (alternately, "Principal Guest Artist," etc.) but the "*" isn't referenced anywhere on the page.

#15 sandik

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 07:47 PM

The current version of the Dresden company roster has an asterisk by Tereshkina's name. That or a cross usually means "Guest Artist," (alternately, "Principal Guest Artist," etc.) but the "*" isn't referenced anywhere on the page.


This reminds me of the old days when people tried to figure out what was happening in the Kremlin by looking at the photos from the May Day parades!


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