Maximova / Vasiliev dancing Aniuta in 1992
Posted 05 September 2010 - 04:21 PM
I found the clip on YouTube.
Posted 05 September 2010 - 08:03 PM
I only saw Vasiliev and Maximova together live once, in Chicago in the early 90's: a performance by a travelling group Vasiliev put together. (I've posted about this performance before.) I just adored them. And I could not get over how youthful and fresh Maximova's dancing was. It had a spacious, easy quality that I often think of as one of the first things to go in older ballerinas.
Of course, she was being showcased very intelligently by Vasiliev's choreography--but that just increased my admiration for their professionalism and artistry. (He was similarly intelligent in what he gave himself to do and more obviously limited, but still remarkable and, need one add, a very charismatic performer.)
From that one performance (and as confirmed by video -- whatever its limitations), they are two of my absolute favorites.
Posted 06 September 2010 - 01:38 PM
It's true. They don't make dancers like that anymore.
Posted 06 September 2010 - 01:46 PM
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