Hermitage Th. Ballet Feb. '08 U.S. tourfrom St. Petersburg w/ Kirov dancers
Posted 22 January 2008 - 10:07 AM
The site also includes mini-bios of the featured dancers, video preview, TV interviews with a Board member. As per one of the TV spots, this appears to be the first of ten consecutive years of presentations of the troupe in the U.S. They are doing a gala highlights program this time around but plan to present the full troupe of 150 (!!!???) dancers, with orchestra, by the year 2010. [I think that the interviewee was exaggerating a bit. I've seen the Hermitage troupe and they *are* good but not 150-plus dancers. I don't think that you can fit 150 dancers on the stage of the smallish Hermitage Theater. Maybe 50-60 dancers, max, plus set.]
The guest soloists include Nioradze, TKachenko, Kolegova & S. Popov of the Kirov-Mariinsky, as well as Perren, Kotsyubira and Shemyunov from the Mikhailovsky (Ruzimatov's troupe).
Sounds interesting. Hopefully some BalletTalkers in Georgia, Alabama, N. Florida or the Carolinas will be able to attend and report.
Posted 04 March 2008 - 11:40 AM
According to this small news item from a local newspaper, the scheduled final performance of the Hermitage Ballet in Augusta, GA, on 22 Feb, was cancelled:
To add to the mystery, I've just received a note from TicketMaster that my credit card has been credited the amount of my ticket for the Atlanta performance on the 21st (what was to have been the pennultimate performance)! [TicketMaster had no way of knowing that I never made it to Atlanta -- my flight had been cancelled and I could find no other flight that day. So perhaps DELTA Airlines did me a favor by cancelling that flight??? WOW.]
Does anybody know what on earth happened with the Hermitage Ballet tour? It was to have included all of the dancers cited above -- all 'heavy hitters' from various St. Petersburg troupes. I even saw a photo of Kirov soloist Elvira Tarasova accompanying one of the early reviews of the tour, making me wonder if Tarasova had been added to the tour?
I wonder if attendance was so low that the last performances were cancelled to not lose more money? I wonder what this means for the announced Scholarship Program to send American ballet students & teachers from the Southern-US region to St. Petersburg...cancelled too?
This almost reminds me of the infamous 'Bolshoi in Las Vegas' fiasco of the late-1990s. I sure hope that the famous Kirov & Maly soloists listed above did not suffer financially or otherwise.
Posted 05 March 2008 - 03:00 AM
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