Personally, I can't speak for "people". I consider myself just a member of the audience, nothing more, nothing less.
You love Somova, that's fine for you she's the apogee of ballet, you are in a minority especially here but that's absolutely your right, I've always upheld that.
There is a point where technical virtuosity starts to overpower other aspects of a performance and a performer, Osipova being *the* poster child of this phenomenon (Thank God Somova is not Osipova!).
To consider Somova a greater artist than Osipova is just silly, in every sense. And I daresay the Mariinsky don't agree otherwise Somova would be onstage a lot more and would actually be considered a box office draw.
“Ulanova, Plisestskaya, Kolpakova, Fonteyn, Seymour, Sibley, Grey, Osipenko, Assylmuratova” - you got me here, Simon. They might be good technicians but out of the bunch only Ulanova, Kolpakova and Assylmuratova come close to moving me the way modern dancers do and yes, the way Somova’s luminous stage persona does. The rest aforementioned artists are certainly some ones to be revered as part of rich balletic heritage, but quietly passed over while searching for an interesting ballet feature on YouTube.
You can't possibly talk about a "luminous" stage presence when you haven't actually seen a dancer onstage. And to consider Fonteyn or Seymour or Grey (of whom there is nothing on Youtube). Moreover there are whole schools of ballet and dancers who are not represented on Youtube. Suzanne Farrell, Gelsey Kirkland, Melissa Hayden, Allegra Kent, Cynthia Gregory, Bryony Brind, what about the great Cubans? The Bejart dancers, the great Danish dancers of the 50s, 60s. Or those Unknown to the masses yet greatly celebrated dancers like Trinidad Sevillano, Markova - my point is there is a world of dance out there which is worth exploring, a world of greatness and great depth - if you want to quietly pass over Fonteyn well that's your prerogative.
PS. Don’t have a clue as to why Somova has been given four and not fourteen appearances in the upcoming London season. I won't be there :-))) Although I personally know people who will fly across the pond for a chance to catch her in "La Bayadere".
They'd have a hard time because Somova isn't down for Bayadere. However the reason why Somova isn't dancing is because in Europe, in the US and increasingly in Russia, as many Russian correspondents have stated on these boards Somova is not popular, nor is she a box office draw, if she were she'd be on every night. You put dancers onstage who sell tickets, it's business and Somova is not seen as someone who can barely sell a ticket for $50 let alone $250.