Petite_Arabesque, on Apr 21 2008, 12:29 PM, said:
ami1436, on Apr 21 2008, 03:04 PM, said:
Question: Are Gaynor Mindens taking over the Mariinsky as they are with ABT? Several of the ladies are 'GM Artists', and as with all shoes, I don't always feel (both from seeing the Mariinsky and seeing pictures), that they are right for everyone. Somova's are sometimes glaringly apparent in photos. According to the GM website, those who use them include:
I'm curious! I'm obsessed with dancer's favourite shoes, and am, perhaps naively, surprised to see so many from the Mariinsky wearing shoes 'of the future'!
I noticed this as well! It seemed to me that more than half of the dancers (corps included) were wearing Gaynors. Having worn them in the past I can vouch that they are comfortable...but they don't let the dancer have full articulation of their feet. On Somova, who doesn't have the extreme arch of some of the other dancers, this was glaringly obvious. While of course dancers have the right to choose their own shoes, I wish more would stay with the traditional Russian shoes. :smilie_mondieu:
Hello Everyone, Eliza Minden here. Itís been such a pleasure to follow this lively and informed discussion of the recent Kirov season. So many glorious dancers and performances to cherish!
Iíd like to clarify a few issues that were raised concerning the pointe shoes my company makes.
To the first question: yes, quite a few Kirov dancers wear them. There are many more in St. Petersburg, but among the ones listed on the City Center Playbill these are the Gaynor Minden wearers:
Olesia Novikova (some roles)
Svetlana Ivanova (some roles)
Daria Grigorieva (some roles)
Ryu Ji Yoen
Most have been wearing them for a couple of years. And I didnít even know it because initially they bought them not from us but in shops when touring outside Russia. They spent their own moneyó a not insignificant expenseóbecause they wanted the quietness, the comfort, and the durability they could not get in the shoes the theater provided.
Like many dancers from countries where itís hard to get Gaynor Mindens, the Kirov dancers have found ways to make theirs last even longer. This answers the question Mr. Macaulay asked in the Times, ďWhy are the soles of their shoes so dirty?Ē Itís because many of these thrifty dancers have been using the same shoes for weeks, in some cases even months. Our most recent delivery to them was back in January in D.C.
I was sorry to read that some here have found them difficult to work in. When we started we offered only two types of shank: hard and harder. We now make ones that are much more pliable. Interestingly the Russian dancers, including Ms. Somova, insist on the hard ones, but thatís another discussion. Please allow me to point out that many teachers do recommend them for students, including Yuri Fateev.
As for how we work with our GM Artists: if a dancer is a committed wearer of our shoes we may invite her to join our roster. We donít just hire dancer/models. Obraztsova and Novikova are the only GM Artists who, to my knowledge, do not wear them for every role.
We rarely do photoshoots anymore because we prefer to use real performance shots. We do give compensation for the endorsements, but itís very modest. And in Alina Cojocaruís case, she asked that we donate shoes to the National Ballet Company of Romania rather than pay her anything.
Iíd be happy to answer any questions, here if appropriate or privately. email@example.com
With all good wishes,