Changes at Bolshoi Helm...again!Burlaka out; Vikharev or Vaziyev or MrX in?
Posted 17 March 2011 - 11:58 AM
Posted 17 March 2011 - 12:49 PM
Seriously though, would the Moscow audience stand for that? They are a vociferous bunch and I know of principal dancers having brooms thrown at them on stage or having someone let off an alarm clock during a solo.
Firstly, such atrocious action would not be characteristic of Moscowvite audience at all, whom I know to be warm and appreciative. From reading memoirs of Ekaterina Maximova “Madame Nyet” one could gather that oddities like that could had taken place in the past, but were a product of bitter professional rivalry. Not audiences, for such wicked ideas usually spring up deep inside compromised psychic of few (very few, thank God) balletomanes deprived of life of their own and/or retiring and not successful dancers.
Disclaimer: Reference to a disreputable bunch of balletomanes is in no way concerns anyone on this board. Rather it puts out a rhetorical question of: what kind of person would choose to perform such an act of barbarism as appose to simply skipping a performance with a dancer one doesn’t particularly care for?
Posted 18 March 2011 - 02:07 AM
Audience antics are rivalled by on stage incidents; remember the public sacking of Gediminas Taranda? Remember Irek Mukhamedov seriously assaulting a member of the public? These things are well documented. I myself had a run-in with a member of the Bolshoi claque a few years back, though admittedly that was at the opera, so I have personal experience that things are not all sweetness and light there as you suggest.
In Russia it seems to me quite a number of people indulge in these 'acts of barbarism' as you call them. Facts are facts and wishing otherwise won't change them
Posted 18 March 2011 - 06:32 AM
Posted 18 March 2011 - 07:27 AM
Posted 18 March 2011 - 07:57 AM
YID, I just saw that too. AND Filin is the one who had the great taste and good sense to schedule Yevgenia Obraztsova's debut as Odette/Odile (in a few weeks, at the Stanislavsky). For that alone, I'm cheering for Filin!
Posted 18 March 2011 - 08:27 AM
Yan Godovsky, the Bolshoi Ballet leading soloist, has been appointed the Bolshoi Ballet Assistant Director.
Sergei Filin, the former Bolshoi Ballet principal and the former Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre Ballet Director, has been appointed the Bolshoi Ballet Director.
So interesting how the Assistant Director appointment is cited first...a 'build up'! Congrats to both gentlemen!!!
Posted 18 March 2011 - 08:28 AM
You’re asking the how long is a piece of string question. No one can say how many are involved, but I’ve witnessed an incident myself and every dancer has a story to tell on this score. The claque’s an odious bunch and apparently very active in Moscow, although some things I’ve been told sound far fetched I’ve no reason to believe they aren’t true
Check out the Russian forums and you’ll discover just how unsavoury the sentiments are and thoughts can sometimes turn into actions, ergo an unwanted director can expect a rough ride.
Posted 18 March 2011 - 08:43 AM
Posted 18 March 2011 - 09:01 AM
Posted 18 March 2011 - 09:58 AM
While a claque may be the most vociferous and visible part of an audience, it is hardly representative of an audience. Perhaps the question should have been "Would the Moscow claque have allowed a Somova performance to go on interrupted?"
The criticism of dancers, choreographers, and artistic directors here is a lot more polite than on other forums which have different rules, but it can be as stinging. However, the way people criticize behind the relative anonymity of the Internet, and how they behave in public are two very different things.
How many people here would walk up to Alina Somova on the street, in a hotel lobby, or at the stage door and say to her face what they've posted here, using the same language? Or throw something at her in performance or at a curtain call.
Posted 18 March 2011 - 10:24 AM
Posted 18 March 2011 - 12:44 PM
Posted 18 March 2011 - 01:08 PM
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