Bolshoi in London 2010which dancers?
Posted 06 April 2010 - 01:17 AM
I'm hoping to see the Bolshoi at ROH in August.
Can you list these ballerinas in order of must-see:
Posted 06 April 2010 - 01:31 AM
That is alphabetical order, try and see all three but don't waste your money on Zakharova.
Posted 06 April 2010 - 12:15 PM
Ospiova will give you a thrill-ride in Don Q, super jumper and turner that she is. She has a wonderfully effervescent personality that suits Kitri.
But for my money (which, granted, is not involved here), I'd see Alexandrova in anything. She is a complete artist with a strong technique who radiates warmth.
Let us know whom you choose, in which ballet/s, and your overall response to the performance. Okay? Thanks!
Posted 06 April 2010 - 01:14 PM
Between Osipova and Krysanova it's harder: I would be happy with either, because while Osipova already has a lauded interpretation of Kitri, I love seeing dancers grow, and I love to see dancers as they take on roles early in their careers. Krysanova was a wonderful Gamzatti in "La Bayadere" last year.
Posted 06 April 2010 - 05:21 PM
Zakharova (whom I have seen 3-4 times) is one of the recent breed of super long limbed, hyper extended ballerinas--at any given moment she can be rather fascinating to watch, but the sum total of her performances is not perhaps as artistically satisfying as one would hope (at least in the performances I have seen). Moreover unlike Guillem (to name another controversial dancer with high extensions, but one I adore), Zakharova is not above distorting line and even music to achieve her ultra over-stretched effects. I agree that she has gotten better as she has gotten more mature and I have even enjoyed her performances...she can be charming and if you absolutely love the hyperextended look you might like her.
I have seen Alexandrova just three times, but feel very confident you cannot miss if you get a ticket to see her. She is excellent- and better than excellent. Every moment is intelligently and fully realized and she has a terrifically 'natural' quality when she dances--as if she breathes classical ballet.
I saw Osipova a few years back in a solo role and more recently saw her in a major role (Giselle). I was genuinely blown away by the latter performance. As that implies, I also think she is more than a thrill ride (though her Kitri might be that...); I found her imaginative and moving as well as exciting. Another ballet lover who posts on ballet talk once described her as a "force of nature" and I think that captures her perfectly...Since I saw her dance last year I have been literally counting the days until I can see her again. (I'm hoping that will be London but don't know.)
(Krysanova I have never seen in a major role--though I remember seeing her in a solo in Corsaire...she was lovely and I hope one day to see more of her...)
Posted 07 April 2010 - 02:32 AM
Although I'll agree that Zakharova has improved at the Bolshoi, her basic style of dancing still lacks the beauty and technical finish of her Moscow colleagues but it is her lack of dramatic involvement that worries me most with every role she dances almost identical in interpretation. I shall have to see her in London as I have booked for Tsiskaridze and she dances with him in Giselle (btw, where is Svetlana Lunkina his usual partner in the role?) but I wish he were dancing with someone/anyone else.
Posted 07 April 2010 - 06:32 AM
Posted 07 April 2010 - 07:38 AM
For Giselle I selected Anna Nikulina because she's unknown to me in a major role;
and the same for Paquita: Anzhelina Vorontsova with the charismatic Tsiskaridze.
Ekaterina Krysanova is my favorite of all Bolshoi soloists.
If casting doesn't change, I'll be seeing her in Serenade and Petrushka.
Osipova will perform in Ratmansky's Russian Seasons.
Posted 09 August 2010 - 04:25 AM
I was also trebly fortunate that not only did I get front row seats but Vasiliev danced Basil. Outstanding! It was the most appreciative audience I've seen at the ROH and the pair got an 8 minute standing ovation - never seen that before.The soloists were very good also and the corps de ballet were extremely disiplined.Add that the costumes were outstanding and it was one of ,if not the best, ballet performances I've seen. The grand pas was worth the ticket price alone.
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