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#31 drb

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Posted 16 July 2006 - 08:58 AM

Diana on her website also reveals that she wanted to be a figure skater as a child. I wonder how the figure skater/dancer distinction is chosen, because many figure skaters (Katia Gordeeva for example) started out as dancers and vice versa.


Another vice versa was Nina Ananiashvili. From her site's biography:

Because Nina was often sick as a child, her parents decided to enroll her in figure skating lessons in order to improve her health. By the time she was six years old, Nina was a ranked skater, and at ten became Georgia State champion in the junior division.


But also at age 6:

In 1969, Ananiashvili entered the Georgia State Choreographic Institute. Tamara Vykhodtseva was her first teacher there. The great Vakhtang Chabukiani also took little Nina under his wing. Her progress was so impressive that it drew the attention of teachers from the Moscow Choreographic Institute, who convinced her parents to allow Nina to continue her studies there.


One wonders what Katherine Healy might have become had she succeeded in joining ABT. The skater/skating choreographer was a principal dancer in three European companies.

#32 carbro

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Posted 16 July 2006 - 10:25 AM

. . . it would be so out of character for the MET to risk inviting the Mariinsky for a season

The Met will be occupied by the Kirov Opera next July. They've been advertising the Ring (two cycles) heavily for several months already.

#33 Andre Yew

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Posted 16 July 2006 - 03:45 PM

"In the OCPAC announcement for the (mid July) 2007 ABT season, they mentioned that ABT is performing a new "full-lenght favorite direct from it's premiere at the Met".I hope it is Sleeping Beauty."


I think Diana's comments just about confirm it. Art076 had the same idea, too, based on the fact that ABT and the Royal Ballet shared Sylvia in the same way, and that we'll be seeing the beloved :devil: Farmer designs from RB's recent SB production back with ABT next season.

I think the Kirov is touring with just Swan Lake and R&J next season, and it would be unusual for Malakhov to dance with them.

--Andre

#34 Kanawha

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Posted 17 July 2006 - 04:03 AM

Andre posts, "...we'll be seeing the beloved Farmer designs from RB's recent SB production back with ABT next season."

Andre, that must be why Kevin McKenzie was in attendance at the Royal's final SB in Washington. I was hoping it was a sign that ABT might be looking to share the production. We've waited too long a time for a new full length SB from them.

#35 bart

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Posted 17 July 2006 - 06:45 AM

I have really enjoyed the wonderful and thoughtful descriptions of Vishneva's dancing. (Though it makes me a little frustrated that I've seen her performances only on video.)

The picture that is emerging from these posts is of a risk-taking, dedicated and conscientiious artist, full of desire to captivate and reward her audience. She seems to have a longer-range plans -- and a higher goal -- than merely winning lots of "bravos" on any given night.

A question: is there any chance that Vishneva may develop into one of those ballet dancers who -- like Pavlova, Nureyev, and Barishnikov -- create so much excitement that they expand the culture's interest in, and audience for, serious ballet? That would indeed be something worth getting excited about. :devil:

#36 richard53dog

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Posted 17 July 2006 - 07:34 AM

Andre, that must be why Kevin McKenzie was in attendance at the Royal's final SB in Washington. I was hoping it was a sign that ABT might be looking to share the production. We've waited too long a time for a new full length SB from them.



True about ABT needing to put on Sleeping Beauty. And aside from a few things like Wheeldon's Garland Dance, I like the version.

But I still found the sets dreary and clashing a bit with the somewhat tacky costumes. But maybe the whole thing will look better on the Met stage, I thought it looked cramped at KC. And maybe some lighting changes will help here and there.

In spite of these semi-negative comments, I think ABT could do worse. I guess I'm still feeling a bit disappointed about seeing the sets last month in DC although all around I was very happy with the two fine performances I saw.

Richard

#37 Buddy

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 08:08 AM

A question: is there any chance that Vishneva may develop into one of those ballet dancers who -- like Pavlova, Nureyev, and Barishnikov -- create so much excitement that they expand the culture's interest in, and audience for, serious ballet? That would indeed be something worth getting excited about. :tiphat:


bart, very good question. We'll see. She seems so far to have almost unanimously won over 'The Major Critics'. As a member of the public I have planned cross country trips to coincide with her performances. I would also do the same to see Ulyana Lopatkina. Other possibilities would be a Kirov series, maybe the Bolshoi, maybe Alina Cojocaru and maybe Daria Pavlenko. There are not any other peformers of any kind that I have done or would do this for.

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 08:59 AM

Time for the "Midnight Diana Report". Just finished my nightly viewing of the Diana Giselle DVD---Grand Pas De Deux to End. ****An Absolute Symphony Of Reverberating Waves****


Buddy,

I enjoy your enthusiasm, and it's clearly not blind. But where do you get your DVD's, especially Diana's?

Bart's question is making me look at ballet as the relatively small cultural phenomenon that it is, where few of its great artists capture the public imagination (Margot Fonteyn appearing on the cover of Time magazine, for example). I'm not even sure I would want that for an artist I admire. But I believe Diana Vishneva has the gifts for that kind of breakthrough. How is she seen in Russia, where ballet does capture the popular imagination in a way that is rare here?

#39 Buddy

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 10:05 AM

But where do you get your DVD's, especially Diana's?


jps, the Diana Gislle video as far as I know can only be bought by someone in Japan. A friend from Japan telephoned her neice in Japan, who bought it there and sent it to us. There is a company on the internet using only Japanese that has it, but as far as I can tell will not sent it outside Japan. Diana Vishneva on her site has said several times that the video can only be obtained in Japan. If I find out otherwise I will post it. I generally get my other videos from Amazon.

I do follow the ballet internet from Russia somewhat (relying mostly on loose computer translations.) It is usually quite favorable to Diana. Her Swan Lake devides opinion the most at the moment. I have been to the last two Mariinsky winter festivals and audience response to Diana is always very enthusiastic, but generally these are enthusiastic audiences probably made up of a lot of folks from outside Russia. The only performers that I remember the Mariinsky adding extra chairs for are Ulyana Lopatkina (both times) and Nikolai Tsiskaridze. There was one other performance that I can't recall. It might have been this year's final Gala, where she did appear along with many others. This year it must be remembered that she was unable to perform her evening (Ondine) because she was ill.

Still when push comes to shove I think the public in Russian is firmly with her. When it was rumored that she might join the Bolshoi, there were internet appeals for her to stay in St. Petersburg. The folks in Moscow seemed just as enthusiastic that she was performing there. I could be wrong, but I believe that she is often refered to as "Divine Diana" in Russia. [Added Later---The only Russian word that I can find for "divine" does not start with a "D". Maybe it's English speaking Russians who do this?? I'll try and check it out.] There seems little doubt in my mind that she is extremely popular in Russia.

[Added a few minutes later. As far as worldwide poularity is concerned, Diana had a small picture of herself on the cover of the New York Times a year ago when she performed with the ABT.]

#40 Buddy

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 04:21 PM

I could be wrong, but I believe that she is often refered to as "Divine Diana" in Russia. [Added Later---The only Russian word that I can find for "divine" does not start with a "D". Maybe it's English speaking Russians who do this?? I'll try and check it out.]


Yes, I could be absolutely wrong! I'll keep looking.

http://www.pointemag...y04/diana.shtml

#41 Buddy

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Posted 19 July 2006 - 05:11 PM

A question: is there any chance that Vishneva may develop into one of those ballet dancers who -- like Pavlova, Nureyev, and Barishnikov -- create so much excitement that they expand the culture's interest in, and audience for, serious ballet? That would indeed be something worth getting excited about. :yucky:


bart, another response to your question. Robert Gottlieb in discussing Diana Vishneva's ABT performance of "Romeo and Juliet"----Possibly 'The Quote'(!) Of The Last Four Hundred Years!!----"When Someone Dances At This Level, You're Simply Grateful To Be In The Presence Of Such Mastery--To [Heck] With Juliet!" (Smile) (Italic's word and capital letters by me.)

http://www.newyorkob...ttliebdance.asp

#42 Helene

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Posted 19 July 2006 - 05:24 PM

(Italic's word and capital letters by me.)

That's why Gottlieb makes another living as an editor :yucky:

#43 Buddy

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Posted 19 July 2006 - 05:42 PM


(Italic's word and capital letters by me.)

That's why Gottlieb makes another living as an editor :yucky:


Why doesn't my computer make those cute little smiling faces like your's does?----Cheers!

#44 Buddy

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Posted 19 July 2006 - 07:01 PM

She seems so far to have almost unanimously won over 'The Major Critics'.


In regard to Diana Vishneva, Marc ( Haegeman), if you are reading this, I definitely consider you one of the most highly regarded of 'Dance Commentators' (Critics?) and I know that you do not necessarily share the views of some of the others. I am just trying to say that your opinions are respected very highly.

#45 Helene

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Posted 19 July 2006 - 08:21 PM

Why doesn't my computer make those cute little smiling faces like your's does?----Cheers!

Underneath the post box, there's a little checkbox and the phrase "Enable emoticons?" If that box is checked, you should see a box to the left of the post box entitled Clickable Smilies, with all of the symbols displayed. (If it's too narrow to display all of them, there's a little left/right blue scroll bar that will allow you to see the rest.) If you click on one, the "code" for the smilie will appear in the post wherever your cursor last was, and when you preview or post, the code will convert to the smilie.


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