Several Soloists leaving Kirov-Mariinsky
Posted 06 June 2006 - 09:24 AM
- 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.
Posted 06 June 2006 - 02:18 PM
Posted 07 June 2006 - 04:54 AM
So the dancers who stay in the company have to dance on different stages and to train in different studios.
Posted 07 June 2006 - 05:10 AM
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.
Posted 07 June 2006 - 05:40 AM
Posted 07 June 2006 - 06:00 AM
Posted 07 June 2006 - 10:51 AM
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?
Posted 21 July 2006 - 08:05 AM
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.
Posted 21 July 2006 - 08:36 AM
Posted 14 September 2006 - 10:29 AM
Any reports of last night's performance?
Posted 14 September 2006 - 11:38 AM
Posted 14 September 2006 - 07:47 PM
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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