Kirov 'Bayadere' at Kennedy Center, Jan. 2008
Posted 12 October 2007 - 11:55 AM
Nov. 10 cast: Somova as Nikiya/Kosuntsev as Solor (Gamzatti not named)
Nov. 29 cast: Tereshkina as Nikiya/Novikova as Gamzatti/Sarafanov as Solor
No other Bayadere has been presented at the Mariinsky during the present season. So the above two casts are "it" for Bayadere at the Mariinsky this season, so far. I would assume & hope that either Lopatkina or Pavlenko (or both) will also essay the role of Nikiya in DC.
Edited to add (one of those 'slow news days' at home):
Performers who have essayed leading roles of Bayadere at the Mariinsky since Sept. '05, from most to least often, are -
Lopatkina - 5 performances since Sept '05
Tereshkina - 5 (also dances Gamzatti)
Nioradze - 2
Somova - 2 (newest Nikiya - since Sept 06)
Vishneva - 2 (her usually-accurate website does not list DC performances)
Pavlenko - 1 (a lone performance in Sept '05)
Osmolkina - 5
Tkachenko - 4
Tereshkina - 2 (also dances Nikiya)
Novikova - 2 (newest Gamzatti - since May '07)
Golub - 1
Tarasova - 1
Sarafanov - 4
Kolb - 3
Zelensky - 3 (no longer with company)
Korsuntsev - 2
Korsakov - 1
Fadeev - 1
Lobukhin - 1
Semionov - 1 (no longer with company)
This is as per the Mariinsky site's playbills which may not reflect last-minute changes in casting.
So there you have it. The soloists in DC will most likely be the dancers who have performed the roles most often, most recently. I might add that there is a possibility that if Lopatkina dances in DC, her Solor might be the newest addition to the male soloist ranks, Ivan Kozlov, who partners the ballerina in Giselle & other recent ballets. There is also a small chance that we may see the newest female soloist, Anastasia Kolegova, who would be making her U.S. debut with the troupe (should she come). While she has not danced Nikiya or Gamzatti yet with the K-M, she may very well have danced the roles with one of her old companies (St P. Ballet of Tachkin or the Lithuanian Natl Ballet).
Posted 12 October 2007 - 01:28 PM
He's still on the company's website, for what that's worth. For that matter, so is Ayupova.
Posted 12 October 2007 - 09:08 PM
Posted 13 October 2007 - 02:19 PM
For what it's worth he was dancing with the Mariinsky on a tour less than a month ago. He closed all nights with Corsaire pdd, partnering Terioshkina. He's in very good form, much better than 2003 when I last saw him dance. I don't know what he'll be doing in 3 months though...
Posted 14 October 2007 - 03:42 AM
Just because Lopatkina has not danced Nikiya since last May/June means nothing. She has been known to 'miraculously' jump into old roles, a-la Fall 2005 when she danced Lilac Fairy for the first time in years in the USA....or, even more dramatically, this past spring, when she returned to the title role of Giselle after over a decade! So a nine-month gap between performances of a role is no big deal in Mariinsky terms.
I would bet on four Nikiyas in DC: Lopatkina, Somova, Tereshkina and (yes) Nioradze, who is having a 'renaissance' of sorts this fall at the Mariinsky.
Posted 30 October 2007 - 10:49 PM
Posted 31 October 2007 - 08:04 AM
Posted 31 October 2007 - 08:18 AM
Ok.... I just read many comments re Somova's dancing under BT's Kirov coming to NYC section...
Somova doesn't seem ready yet for all the attention and parts she's getting... And I'll never understand why Pavlenko has received so little.... I thought Pavlenko was a dream-come-true when I last saw her in Jewels at the Met.
Posted 31 October 2007 - 01:04 PM
Posted 31 October 2007 - 03:43 PM
I've never seen Somova and sort of thought, "oh she can't be that bad" I watched a couple of clips and , yes , she is THAT bad
I hope she ends up as the last act in any of the Kirov performances I see next Feb..... at least I can get out early.
A while back, something asked for a description of "line". Well to take it from a negative side, here's a dancer that has NONE
Posted 31 October 2007 - 04:10 PM
I almost never criticize dancers, preferring to ignore them if I don't like their work. I also assume a certain level of technical proficiency from dancers in major companies. I did not expect, however, to see a performance that reminded me of the painful opera debut of Susan Alexander in Citizen Kane. I was embarassed for the dancer and had to stop watching. I also decided not to watch any of the other available clips.
What explains something like this on the stage of a great international company? Favoritism can't be a sufficient explanation. Can it? It seems dreadfully unfair to the dancer, not to mention the audience.
Posted 31 October 2007 - 04:50 PM
Most ballerinas with extreme extensions have good to great jumps (Guillem, Zakarova, Vishneva) but this girl barely gets off the ground.
Posted 31 October 2007 - 07:06 PM
Well, I saw her O/O last year in Boston and thought it was an abomination. I also saw quite a few video clips on youtube and on Russian TV and really don't feel like watching them all over again. Especially when I have to travel to a different city, pay for hotel and incur other expenses, not to mention the cost of my ticket.
Somova is being pushed down our collective throat by the Kirov mangement because they think she's exactly what we want and what we will pay to see. There's only one way to prove them wrong.
Posted 01 November 2007 - 01:46 AM
Posted 01 November 2007 - 05:15 AM
I'm sorry for my puzzlement, but I have not seen the Kirov live for quite a while, and I cannot square the images I saw in this clip from Rose Adagio with what I read about the company elsewhere (including Ballet Talk) and have observed on relatively recent dvds.
Are there two Kirovs, operating in parallel but non-connecting universes?
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