Ratmansky leaving Bolshoi helmand new premieres
Posted 04 February 2008 - 02:33 PM
Posted 04 February 2008 - 02:54 PM
ngitanjali, you are so right about the different receptions from the west. But I would hardly call Somova a 'wunderkind' the likes of Osipova. Osipova is admired and cheered in her own city. Somova is admired and cheered by her coaches (and her one-person public-relations department on the internet).
Oh, I'm never going to say that Somova should even be compared to Osipova, I'm just saying that from what I've seen on youtube comments (OMG! Her Extensions are...like, so amazing!), the younger generations of dancers are looking up to her. Plus, she is marketed as the "New Mariinsky".
In my opinion: I don't want new. I want my "Old" (I cringe to say that), "traditional", "normal" Lopatkina.
I finally saw Osipova's Act II of Giselle. It wasn't Ferri or Makarova or Bessmertnova...but it was something else and that's a good thing
Posted 05 February 2008 - 05:29 AM
Me too! After seeing it in France last year I looked the ballet up in a book of Bakst designs and was really impressed by how faithfully the design team had recreated the costumes. It went down very well in France and although rather over-long in structure (a little Scriabin goes a long way) some of the choreography was excellent and there was a beautiful act I pas de deux.
Posted 05 February 2008 - 07:13 PM
Their press attache Yekaterina Novikova states:
Alexei Ratmansky has made very great progress as AD of the BT.
They plan to consider a wide range of candidates for his position.
Posted 06 February 2008 - 05:00 AM
Whew! Last week, I shoehorned in an extra program that I otherwise couldn't have cared less about just to see Russian Seasons one more time (my fifth since the premiere). I mean, I love Russian Seasons, but I'm gonna need some fresh Ratmansky in the rotation soon. Middle Duet is fine, of course, but tearing open a season brochure to find just Middle Duet for the Ratmansky offering would be like finding just one sip of champagne left in the bottle.
Posted 12 February 2008 - 04:28 AM
Apparently the TKuznetsova article that I translated about all the potential candidated has been given some post-publication editing. Mr Tsiskaridze is no longer described as motivated by aggressive self-promotion, but has become motivated by ambition for the Bolshoi company, which as the person who quoted the change noted, is quite another thing ;). A commentator has added that though she has noticed Miss Kuznetsova can at times make "subjective" or "insulting' comments, she is not noted for talking nonsense or perverting facts.
Mr Tsiskaridze himself has given interviews denying that he is a directorship contender as he considers hmself still very much a dancer albeit doing more and more coaching. He wants people to remember him as the public has described him over the past 15 years, as one of the leading dancers on the planet. However he has already stopped doing certain classical roles and will stop dancing even contemporary work in 3 years. He "categorically disagrees" with the idea that the last five years' BB success is down to Ratmansky. He says that for all time, since 1956 when the BB first went abroad, the Bolshoi has been considered the world's greatest company. It has never had a failure or an empty hall. This success was due above all to the dancers and their coaches. It was completely independent of who the director was.
Maya Plisetskaya has announced her support for Ratmansky.She says that she has never known so strong a company of dancers in the BB as today. An "enormous quantity" of world-class ballerinas, and above all of rich repertoire. Ratmansky had introduced excellent contemporary repertoire to the Bolshoi stage. Others too had brought contemporary work in their time, but not always "healthy' for the company. She also commends the theatre's overall director Anatol Iksanov, for, finding ways to continue Ratamansky's choreography link with the BB. She herself thinks that the jobs of administration and staging ballets should be separated now.
Of parallel interest: The artistic directorship of Moscow's Stanislasky Ballet is also vacant, after completion of legal formalities following the mysterious death of Dmitry Bryantsev, the 20-years director. At least 8 pretenders there, it is said.
Posted 12 February 2008 - 04:34 AM
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Posted 03 March 2008 - 05:48 AM
Ratmansky will be chief guest choreographer and responsible for his own ballets in the Bolshoi rep, as well as for new works.
They also pulled Yuri Grigorovich back in as ballet master responsible for his own ballets at the Bolshoi, but also to decide about the casting of new soloists and touring. More details later.
Article in Izvestia, March 3.
Posted 03 March 2008 - 06:46 AM
Article in Izvestia, March 3.
Whoa! I'm not sure that everybody is going to be happy about that last little bit about casting & touring decisions.
Posted 03 March 2008 - 07:32 AM
Posted 03 March 2008 - 08:03 AM
Posted 03 March 2008 - 09:08 AM
Has he danced himself? Where has he principally been working before he collaborated with Ratmansky? How much experience has he had in directing?
Posted 03 March 2008 - 09:17 AM
I'm reading your words again and I still don't know what you are trying to say, Natalia.
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