Osipova at OCPAC in FebNatalia Osipova dancing La Bayadere* changed to DonQ
Posted 23 February 2010 - 06:29 PM
Posted 25 February 2010 - 04:52 PM
Hats off to Kristina Karaseva as Mercedes who did some of the most beautiful, melting back bends in her tavern scene dance. And I hope Anna Nikulina warms up a bit as the Queen of the Dryads, since she is scheduled to perform in this role at every show during the run (a feat in itself I'm sure). She was most definitely upstaged in the Dream Scene by Nina Kaptsova as Cupid, who was infinitely more relaxed and exuded warmth.
Posted 25 February 2010 - 06:27 PM
Posted 25 February 2010 - 11:55 PM
She was dancing in a very spontaneous way and that was really appreciated by the audience (without going bananas ). I'm sorry it was not the same in your show, but maybe she is a little tired now: here in Milan she danced Don Quixote (Nuereyev version: Osipova was quite precise with the choreography, not the same for her partner, who danced a personal version mixing up stuff) on the 13th, 16th, 18th and 19th and maybe she is a little bit tired now.
I thought she was badly paired with a very bland Sarafanov (depending on the day more or less excellent as usual in his solos, not that much as a partner and quite invisible, as usual I'm afraid, as a character: he has some absolutely amazing qualities, but they are definitely not enough to make him interesting for me in a full length ballet). Maybe sometimes Osipova can be badly paired with Vasiliev too, because they often tend to exaggerate a little bit too much and transform it in a circus show... but they are amazing and very exciting and communicative, so usually their exaggerations work in Don Quixote, at least for me.
Here is a comment (in Italian) about Osipova's Don Quixote in La Scala:
Posted 25 February 2010 - 11:58 PM
Lobukhin was not at the level of dancing that I saw him at last year when he partnered Vishneva in DQ, though I will chalk that up to nerves and I would expect them both to get more comfortable over the next two shows this week. He still gives one of the best faux suicide scenes around. Aside from a weird lift in the first act, he seemed to partner her quite well - she really threw herself at him and they did some interesting variations on the overhead lifts that I know are trickier to pull off, especially with someone you just started dancing with.
If the casting held as in the program, Anna Leonova was a superb street dancer, I would love to see her Kitri.
And now I can hopefully retire Don Quixote for a season, though with how well the run sold I wouldn't be surprised if we get stuck with it for a third year in the row.
Posted 26 February 2010 - 09:46 AM
Posted 26 February 2010 - 10:32 AM
"If the casting held as in the program, Anna Leonova was a superb street dancer, I would love to see her Kitri." If this was the dancer wearing black, she was outstanding. I really enjoyed her performance.
Posted 26 February 2010 - 10:33 AM
I'm going again Saturday night; 1st Tier this time. Casting is posted on the handout but it's iffy at best.
Posted 26 February 2010 - 10:59 AM
Posted 26 February 2010 - 04:10 PM
The LATimes mentioned a flubbed catch and an ensuing snit in the 3rd act. I saw a flub, not in a lift but in a move in which Vasliev balances Osipova on his hip using no hands (don't know the balletic name); he tottered a couple of steps before gaining control. I missed the snit altogether but then I was in the 3rd Tier with opera glasses. Dang; nothing like a snit!
Yes I saw that too, I think the writer got confused because it was coming down from the press lift into the fish. I didn't see the snit either or whatever snarling was supposed to be happening and I was in the front of Tier 2. I even thought Vasiliev kissed her cheek after her put her down as an apology and they went on their way.
I really liked Lobukhin's expressiveness and energy, but did not care for the chemistry between him (mostly non-existent, IMO) and Ryzkhina.
I agree, they seemed to be concentrating on getting through the partnering rather than emoting together. However they probably had a max of a two days or so rehearse together and it's not like they've had an opportunity to dance together before to know each other styles as Lobukhin just switched to the Bolshoi.
Posted 27 February 2010 - 11:19 PM
Posted 28 February 2010 - 08:20 PM
This is my 1st time at OCPAC. The stage might be the same size as Berkeley stage, however the stage is quiet! To me the technique of osipova and vasiliev are brilliant except lacking the arm expression of Osipova. I preferred the character of Don Quixote by Kirov dancer which to me had a dreamy nature, out of the world feeling. The costumes of some dancers were quite bland. These two kids possess charisma and a vibe that Kirov and other dancers do not have, and they like to have fun on the stage. Wish them have a good vocation and come back with more!
Posted 01 March 2010 - 11:46 AM
They could be more refined (I agree about the arms, and a few other quibbles), but they are so young, and have so much talent, I can't even imagine what they could look like in a few years.
The various soloists (sorry, I don't have their names) were all very good, and one or two were exceptional (the street dancer and Mercedes), but sometimes I felt sorry for them as they seemed almost a letdown after O/V left the stage.
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