Maria Shirinkina promoted to 2nd Soloist
Posted 11 April 2011 - 10:56 AM
Congrats to her...although I could have sworn that it already happened...but it's being announced on Russian boards as a promo. She is one of the soloists who's set to dance in the premiere of Benjamin Millepied's new work for the upcoming festival, titled Without. Shirinkina is paired with Shklyarov....and PAVLENKO with Yermakov!
I'm wondering if there may be other promotions, later this season?
Posted 17 May 2011 - 05:14 AM
Fateyev is certainly promoting many of the shorter girls -- Martinouk debuted last Wednesday in Don Quixote, Cherpasova continues to get soloist roles (she danced the act III variation). Olesya Novikova, for the record, is much taller than Martinouk and Obratsova, but not as tall as Pavlenko or Lopatkina. I agree that HER O/O is LONG overdue, and am very excited for her.
I have been told here lately by more than one that Fateyev is not keen on taller ballerinas; I am surprised Lopatkina is actually opening the London tour bc am told her treatment is not what it should be here at home. Skorik's debut is more a decision that she should perhaps be the nxt to carry the reigns than utter preparation on her part. (I reviewed both debuts & posted on Cd.com FYI)
Posted 18 May 2011 - 07:51 AM
...Of course there is absolutely nothing wrong in taking interest in Mariinsky AND cd interest rates.
Posted 18 May 2011 - 08:18 AM
With regards to Fateyev and tall ballerinas, I actually didn't know that. While it's a shame that Lopatkina is being "mistreated", I'm glad that shorter dancers are finally being given bigger roles. Perhaps we'll finally be seeing some long overdue promotions. (-cough- Obraztsova and Martynyuk -cough-)
I hate it that politics seems to be so prevalent with regards to promotions recently. (Edit)
Edited by Pointe Shoes, 18 May 2011 - 08:21 AM.
Posted 18 May 2011 - 09:55 AM
So -- the height issue could be relative but the recent shift is keenly visible.
"I hate it that politics seems to be so prevalent with regards to promotions recently." Me too, Pointe shoes. I used to think (in another lifetime, maybe an imaginary one!) of the theatre as the one place where politics weren't present. Now, if someone actually gets cast and shows up on stage at the appointed hour, I think it is a massive feat...
Posted 18 May 2011 - 10:33 AM
Posted 19 May 2011 - 06:01 AM
Personally I believe in wisdom of Mariinsky’s management, which consists of talented individuals who devoted their lives to the famed theatre and understand specifics of St. Petersburg culture and traditions better than you or I can ever dream to. It is true that promotion policies there are different from that of ROH or ABT. But why should they be similar? Thanks heavens Mariinsky is different!
Posted 19 May 2011 - 06:25 AM
Many people in Petersburg do not consider Vishneva an example of the Vaganova Academy (and by extension, an example of what here is known as the "Petersburg school") because she did not complete the full system of training there, because her technique espouses other tenants from the West, and also for the same reason you mention -- if she cannot successfully perform Odette/Odile then that makes her a different kind of ballerina. Here she is not seen as a Kirov dancer, per se, but one of world taste. (guest artist at Bolshoi, in Berlin, and permanently on the guest artist staff at ABT).
I agree -- it is possible that in the near future Obraztsova/Shirinkina would compete for the same roles, however given the unfortunate disfavour towards Obraztsova, I believe we know who will be granted precedence.
Posted 19 May 2011 - 07:37 AM
Posted 19 May 2011 - 08:06 AM
Posted 21 May 2011 - 05:37 AM
Posted 24 July 2012 - 07:49 AM
And as Aurora, too, I believe.
Posted 25 July 2012 - 06:21 AM
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