First of all, Natalia, thank you (and everyone else!) soooo much for writing such beautiful reviews! Stuck in the middle of America, with only my classes (ugh) for company, these have proved a welcome distraction! I only hope that I can see the company one day, hopefully Lopatkina.
I have seen my fair share of videos online, youtube/google/yahoo...the whole lot. I saw clips of these stars' Bayaderes and Giselles, and was lucky enough to watch Makhalina/Ruzimatov's Bayadere online, so I got to compare them. In a nutshell, I thought I was watching the corps of Paris in the Shades scene. So beautiful, so uniform! The girls on the ramp were adjusting their arabesque penchees to match those a row below them, stunning! Same in Giselle, not a fingernail out of place! I saw some true standouts in the corps, obviously, this generation's stars were last generation's corps, the backbone, but all in all, enchanting.
And Ruzi was lovely in both. A bit mannered however, I prefer him with Altynai Asylmuratova, I think she brings a purity and calmness that balances out his fire inside, and I've seen their Corsaire (The first full length I ever saw!) and clips of Carmen, as well as various others. Makhalina, however, I saw her dance both Giselle and Nikiya, and I can see where Somova/Zakharova/everyone else gets their inspiration (this seems to have skipped Lopatkina over...). Her extensions were higher, looser, etc...but she brought character to the role. She threw herself into Nikiya so much, that every sway of the wrist, the arms, the back turned into a story that she was telling. Her exaggerations...after I got used to them, seemed....correct. More importantly, I felt like she found hte appropriateness to it.
Example; In the Shades, she did do a lot of exaggerated attitudes/penchees/arabesques, but it seemed like it was to show Solor, "I was in your kingdom before, and you were hte master. Now, you are in mine,, and I am the mistress of this domain, and we are equals." In Giselle, her arm just went back a little bit more, her eyes were so downcast, they were boring through the floor, and she proudly stood, so still, so poised, in front of Myrtha. Very different from Lopatkina, but good different.
I then watched Somova in the Shades scene. And I realized something. I don't like her, not only because of the nails/extensions/etc...but because, she uses the extensions without telling a story. Each breath should convey something to me, to Solor, to the Shades, to the conductor. It shouldn't be, "Me!Me!*A little bit of you!Me!" She flops too. That foot isn't pointed completely, in jetes, her ankles do let loose. Give me the story, the passion, and for goodness sake, make it look GOOD.
just my $.02. Or more, depending on the US dollar. I also found out today that my mother and I are traveling to India for 3 weeks, (during ABT City Center!). I expect many detailed reviews to read the day I get back!
What do you think, move all this do a different forum (or start a new one...), if I'm in the wrong place