Posted 22 February 2010 - 12:51 PM
Hello, I managed to see Tuesday opening, then Saturday matinee & evening (i.e. all three casts). I agree with Nysusan, abatt & cinammonswirl.
1. Bravo to energy and much higher level of performance of the whole ballet troupe (comparing to NYC's 2005). Truly marvel of execution, stunning energy, precision and coordinated synchronization.
2. I would like to compare and rank various soloist (to my taste & IMHO) with a disclaimer that I was sick on the opening night:
A) The best Phrigia was Marianna Ryzhkina. I can only compare her to Antonicheva of 2005's NYC run. Only they made me cry, only they were genuine to me (Marianna this time, and Anna Antonicheva in 2005). Both Anna Nikulina & Nina Kaptsova were technically perfect and romantic, but I saw them acting, when Marianna LIVED on stage. And I'd agree with Nysusan that Nina Kaptsova was a bit stiff to me.
B) Aegina. I can't decide between Ekaterina Krysanova and Maria Aleksandrova, who'd be my favorite. I'd place Ekaterina Krysanova, since her body is more fluid and softer (and she's much slimmer), she was very feminine, sexy and alluring. When Maria Aleksandrova (and Allash) look much heavier (I may be getting spoiled by Mariinsky's slimness). Aleksandrova danced very reliably and steady (like a locomotive on the rails), her jumps were high in the air, but her extensions are border-line and look stiff. Baranov's lifts worried me, she looked too heavy for him (or anyone). BUT, she acted as a MEAN, VICIOUS scammer. Much meaner, like a madam. Krysanova was just lighter & sexier. And Maria Allash just didn't allure neither moved me.
C) Crassus - I'd rank them as Yury Baranov and then Alexander Volchkov with Andrey Merkuriev. Baranov just acted a bit meaner, more vicious and more genuine (to me). Andrey Merkuriev just showed a different school, when Baranov & Volchkov were more angular, Merkuriev was more elegant and fluid in movements (what is best - I don't know, it's just different).
D) Spartacus - can I not rank them. They were different (I'd let Grigorovich rank them ;-)) Vasiliev showed most of charisma. But Pavel Dmitrichenko & Ruben Muradyan are much taller and have better lines & same or better extensions. I'd describe Vasiliev as a (Pirate, rebel) fierce fighter, where Dmitrichenko danced as more aristocratic fierce fighter. And dark hair & beards suit closer the Hollywood type of Spartacus.
PS: [added later} - Spartacus lifts. Dmitrichenko's lifts were steadier & longer & Nikulina raised the second leg much straigher. Then Vasiliev, then Muradyan. I've also heard that Muradyan & Merkuriev didn't dance those roles a lot. (end)
That's why I like seeing different casts.
About casting changes, a dancer told me that since Muradyan injured/or hurt himself, he only danced once, that caused the shifts of casts. He also praised Ryzhkina "old school" and experience (I'd agree). It was the best (out of all 3) performance of Phrygia, tender, loving, caring, passionate, soft, and devastated in last act. She didn't act, she lived. Thank you Bolshoi for a wonderful experience.
PSPS: this was posted at a rusian forum - glimses of Tuesday openning are on youtube under "HD 1080P End Act 1 & 2 & 3 Bolshoi Ballet Spartacus Vasiliev Kaptsova Volchkov Allash Grigorovich". No sound, but great viewing.
And wow, they look much SLIMER and taller from grand tier or tier one than from ochestra. Enjoy