Changes at Bolshoi Helm...again!Burlaka out; Vikharev or Vaziyev or MrX in?
Posted 18 March 2011 - 04:46 PM
Posted 18 March 2011 - 10:36 PM
I have watched this thread with extreme interest, as I have watched threads regarding the Mariinsky and Somova.
I have not commented thus far, but with the previous slight to Obaztsova I can no longer hold silent. Sergei Filin in inviting Obtaztsova to debut Odette/ Odile was one of the most endearing thing he has done thus far at the Stanislavsky. The misuse of her at the Mariinsky is one of the saddest things I have seen happen there. Having watched Alina's Swan Lake (she is a personal friend, thus I address her as such) on numerous occasions, unfortunately, I have continuously been at a loss. Sure, she has a tall, elongated body, but what else? She is a wonderful girl, and I like her very much in the more neoclassical roles, but I have never understood the idea of promoting her so quickly. I feel it has been a most unagreeable decision to the majority of audiences and critics, and a huge disservice to her. Had she been left to mature slowly, given the right coach, then maybe. But not yet.
Obtaztsova on the otherhand is one of the true jewels at the Mariinsky at the moment. Small, beautiful, and with an artistry that is astonishing, to me she is in the long line of delicate ballerinas such as Makarova, Sizova, Kolpakova etc. To call any one of them unsuited for Odette is ridiculous. Just because a ballerina does not fit into the current 'trend' does not make one unsuited for a role. Look at the rehearsal video. I have several friends, ex-professional dancers like myself, who have been waiting for her to have a chance at this role in particular. Filin was very smart to bring her to the Stanislavsky and to give her opportunities her parent company, for some reason, continue to deny her. She has a huge following of not only fans, but of ballet critics who adore her. The clean, pure technique she exhibits is a breath of fresh air.
And to the subject at hand, I am so happy for Sergei Filin. He is a most deserving candidate for the job. And it could not have happened to a nicer man!
Posted 20 March 2011 - 01:33 AM
The company I saw in London this past summer was simply brilliant and I was not alone in that opinion. And the recent scandal did not have anything to do directly with Burlaka. So I continue to be a little puzzled. If this was his wish, then has he anywhere given his reasons? If not, then what about his directing--say, his repertory/casting choices or personal leadership of the company, or relationships to the higher-ups--made it impossible for him to be 'allowed' to continue?
Yanin: one of the finest character dancers I have ever seen; Osipova and he together in Act II of Coppelia will go down among my all time ballet-going highlights. Plus he must get some credit along with Burlaka for the marvelous state of the company I saw. So...as far as the 'scandal' part of this goes, I can't help myself in either direction: I'm kind of curious and kind of would prefer not to know anything.
Filin: I remember as an elegant Romeo to Stepanenko's Juliet in Washington some years ago. Certainly, to an outsider he sounds like a promising choice...
(Angelique: I realize you were making a joke of sorts, but still...Osipova looks nothing like Natalie Portman...)
Edited by Drew, 20 March 2011 - 02:09 AM.
Posted 20 March 2011 - 05:44 AM
Posted 21 March 2011 - 07:11 AM
I agree that Yanin was (is) a wonderful character dancer! Not to belittle the alleged doings that got him booted out but, as many of you know, Russia is a place where sabotage and blackmailing are rampant. I would not be surprised if the photos were photo-shopped. Also, sadly, Russia remains a country full of 'homophobia' (homosexuality was crime until mid-1990s) and the nature of these photos played to these feelings. Altogether a very sad episode because Gennady Yanin is a spectacular artist. One would hope that he will be able to find employment outside Russia soon.
As I've said before: Connect the dots to arrive at the truth.
Posted 21 March 2011 - 07:52 AM
Please view actual quotes here.
*Edited to replace "press release" with "mainstream press" and added link to the quotations from the press.
Posted 21 March 2011 - 09:29 AM
I find it astonishing that neither Obraztsova nor Osipova has yet danced Odette/Odile. They are two of Russia's best and I thought everyone was awaiting their debuts with baited breath.
Posted 21 March 2011 - 10:37 AM
What "numerous' press releases? The one (1) that you pointed out 'BOLSHOIGATE 2011" forum? One is hardly "numerous."
Posted 21 March 2011 - 10:54 AM
Links to these press releases from mainstream press or official company websites, please. Fan sites are not official sources.
Posted 21 March 2011 - 11:19 AM
None whatsoever. I believe that Angelique was using the words 'press releases' in a more general sense, to cover a statement in the press (an article in a newspaper) rather than formal press releases from the Bolshoi, so I continued her train of thought on 'press releases' but, no, there were none. The only formal press release appeared when Filin was named.
Posted 21 March 2011 - 11:20 AM
*Edited by Cygnet to remove hearsay.
Posted 21 March 2011 - 11:50 AM
... A very reputable publication, I might add. There are other, of course.
Posted 21 March 2011 - 12:41 PM
... A very reputable publication, I might add. There are others, of course.
reputable source of that entire saga. The publications in Italy were alot more colorful.
On your last point, this is from today's Moscow Times which not only confirms (with finality as the city paper Filin's appointment), but also he speaks in his own words his concern about the Bolshoi's image, which I alluded to in my reply.
Iskanov may have desired Vaziev to take the job; but the last word comes from the Kremlin. With the Bolshoi it has
ever been thus. You brought up Vaziev's professional ethics; I clarified exactly what’ "Vaziev Ethics" means to certain Mariinsky principals and soloists whom I know personally. As far as Somova is concerned, Vaziev has always had an agenda. Over the last 7 seasons it's pretty obvious what that agenda is. On the other hand, the truth has no agenda. http://www.themoscow...tor/433381.html
Posted 21 March 2011 - 01:03 PM
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