Mikhailovsky Ballet in US, June 19-July 1, 2012
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I've asked my Russian co-worker to see if she can find any scoop on the Russian websites...
Posted 08 February 2012 - 08:44 PM
Posted 09 February 2012 - 04:08 AM
I totally agree.
Too bad for folks who *did* want to see them. Perhaps there's still time to book the Joyce and present a week of 'The Best of Nacho Duato'?
Posted 09 February 2012 - 12:39 PM
Mussel, today's Mik isn't ready for the Met. Two years ago, reknowned ballet teacher Misha Messerer single handedly whipped the Mikhailovsky's corps de ballet into shape for his redaction of the old Asaf Messerer/Gorsky version of "Swan Lake" for their London tour. It was this production of "Lake"
by which Plisetskaya, (in her prime), ruled and reigned over the Bolshoi Theatre. Their engagement was at the London Coliseum. "Cippolino," "Laurencia," and "Giselle" were also on the schedule.
The tour was a great success, and the majority of the critics lauded Messerer's efforts. After this, we know that Kehkman hired Nacho Duato as Artistic Director. The repertory now has a modern emphasis primarily of Duato's works, (which makes sense because he's the A.D.) When Duato began work on his new vision of "Sleeping Beauty," former Mariinsky (Kirov) danseur noble and Mik coach Nikita Dolgushin, declined to participate in the new production (as it began to unfold). The classical purity, that the former Maly-Mussorgsky (now reverted back to it's Imperial name) Mikhailovsky was known for, has been markedly diminished because of this new modern dance emphasis. The Mik used to be the second company of St. Petersburg after the Mariinsky and during Soviet era when they were known as the Kirov and the Maly respectively. Two years ago, Messerer's "Swan Lake" was nominated for a Golden Mask for "Best Ballet Production." That's how competitive the corps de ballet was just two seasons ago.
For what it's worth, Duato's "Beauty" had it's premiere, and the reviews (in the Russian media, among the pedagogues and the cognoscenti) have been, (politely) deemed in a word, mediocre - at best. All this, in spite of Kehkman's recent acquisition of Osipova and Vasiliev, not to mention Zakharova's and Sarafanov's participation in it. Love it, hate it or undecided, Duato's vision of Petipa's masterpiece may be a top recipient of Golden Mask nominations this year. IMO if they came to the Met in their current condition, they would do best if they brought Duato's works, (not his "Beauty"), and the playbill that they brought to the Coliseum - tried and true crowd pleasers, with a mixed-bill of Nacho Duato. Finally, I'm ITA with "YID" and Natalia re establishing a Mikhailovsky Ballet link. At the moment, they're more Mikhailovsky Dance Co. than "Ballet."
Posted 09 February 2012 - 01:16 PM
What does the acquisition of NO and IV have to do with the premiere of a ballet starring SZ and IS? I am confused.
I thought the ticket sales would be affected by the overabundance of programs of local and foreign ballets, among other offerings, this year.
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