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#1 abatt

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 12:43 PM

I think we all guessed that this would happen once it was announced that she had asked to be let out of her contract in Berlin, but now it's official.

http://artsbeat.blog...eater/?ref=arts

#2 Batsuchan

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 02:09 PM

Wow! I'm not surprised, but I guess I didn't expect it to be announced so soon! I have to admit I'm kinda thrilled!

#3 MRR

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 06:54 PM

I have to admit I'm kinda thrilled!


Me too! I loved her in Swan Lake last year.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 09:33 PM

I haven't seen much of Polina's dancing, but it seems that most people enjoy watching her, and I've heard so much about her. I'm thrilled that I will eventually get a chance to watch her dance.

As a sidenote...what does Semionova's addition to the ABT roster full-time mean in the grad scheme of things (the talented female soloists having to wait their turn and the lack of male talent in the higher ranks - and Polina is tall too...although this does mean that Kevin has his bases covered with the female principals should there be any retirements in the next few years)

#5 Natalia

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 02:29 AM

[size=5]Semionova is a lovely dancer and, at this point in her career, may not be as prone to 'injuries' as are other principal ladies on the roster......hmmmmm.[/size]
[size=5]Still, I'm sorry that this might impact on 'home grown' promotions.[/size]

#6 Dale

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 05:25 AM

Official release:


POLINA SEMIONOVA TO JOIN

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE AS PRINCIPAL DANCER



Polina Semionova will join American Ballet Theatre as a Principal Dancer in September 2012, it was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. She will perform with ABT during the Company’s New York seasons, as well as its national and international tours. Semionova first appeared as a Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre in 2011.
Born in Moscow, Semionova studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School before joining the Berlin State Ballet as the company’s youngest principal dancer in 2002. Her repertoire with Berlin State Ballet includes Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Nikiya in
La Bayadère, Marie in The Nutcracker, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanilda in Coppélia, Kitri in Don Quixote, the title roles in Giselle and Manon, Tatiana in John Cranko’s Onegin, Sieglinde and Brünhilde in Maurice Bejart’s Ring um den Ring, Juliet in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet and the title roles in Roland Petit’s Carmen and Sir Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia. She has performed principal roles in Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial, Apollo (Terpsichore),
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Diamonds pas de deux, William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and Jiří Kylián’s Return to the Strange Land. Semionova created the title role in Vladimir Malakhov’s Cinderella and Creativity in Bigonzetti’s Caravaggio.
Semionova has appeared as a guest artist with English National Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Zurich Ballet, the Mariinsky Ballet, Mikhailovsky Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Munich Ballet and Dresden Ballet.
Semionova’s awards include a gold medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition (2001), First Prize at the Vaganova-Prix Ballet Competition in St. Petersburg, the Junior Prize at the Nagoya International Ballet Competition (2002), Daphne Prize (2004), German Critics Choice Award (2005) and the Dance Open Award (2010).
Semionova’s repertoire with the ABT includes Nikiya in La Bayadère, Kitri in
Don Quixote, Myrta in Giselle and Odette/Odile in Swan Lake.
American Ballet Theatre’s Spring 2012 season at the Metropolitan Opera House continues through Saturday, July 7. For additional information, please visit ABT’s website at www.abt.org.

#7 abatt

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 06:06 AM

It is interesting that the press release specifically notes that Semionova will appear on all the company's tours, and not merely at the New York Met season. A lot of people have complained that ABT brings the B-casts on their tours.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 06:53 AM

Was Polina a soloist or principal in Germany? I read conflicting things.

(I read in an article yesterday that N. Osipova is at the Bolshoi.)

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 08:52 AM

Was Polina a soloist or principal in Germany? I read conflicting things.


She was a first soloist, equivalent to principal, the highest rank in the company.

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 02:51 AM

Actually, she started as a principal dancer, Malakhov hired her from the Bolshoi school and made her principcal directly.

#11 Natalia

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 06:04 AM

Was Polina a soloist or principal in Germany? I read conflicting things.

(I read in an article yesterday that N. Osipova is at the Bolshoi.)


Polina was signed-on as Principal sraght out of school. Malakhov was on the jury of the 2002/03 Vaganova Prix competition in StP in which Polina won a top prize.

So Osipova is back at the Bolshoi? Temporary guest or ???? [I need to read other threads...perhaps this is being discussed in Bolshoi forum.]

#12 Ilya

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 07:48 AM

(I read in an article yesterday that N. Osipova is at the Bolshoi.)


Perhaps this is the article in question?
http://www.ottawacit...html?id=6659989

It says (next to last paragraph):

Unfortunately, none of the Bolshoi’s big stars — Svetlana Zakharova, a chilly blond with hyper-flexible, extreme leg extensions; bubbly, dark-haired powerhouse Natalia Osipova; or the airborne Ivan Vailiev will be performing in Ottawa.


This is simply a clueless reporter.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 10:11 AM

I thought Natasha was being cheeky, not that I had passed along a false rumor. Sarcasm and other emotions do not translate very well on the internet!

#14 Plisskin

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 10:48 AM

Congrats to Semionova, and I actually really like her, but this promotion makes me feel bad for the Soloists who are already there. If McKenzie felt like his female Soloists weren't ready to be Principals, he could have just continued to prep them, instead of outsourcing the position to someone else. It's not like ABT is in dire need of female Principals right now like they need for male Principals.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 01:15 PM


(I read in an article yesterday that N. Osipova is at the Bolshoi.)


Perhaps this is the article in question?
http://www.ottawacit...html?id=6659989

It says (next to last paragraph):

Unfortunately, none of the Bolshoi’s big stars — Svetlana Zakharova, a chilly blond with hyper-flexible, extreme leg extensions; bubbly, dark-haired powerhouse Natalia Osipova; or the airborne Ivan Vailiev will be performing in Ottawa.


This is simply a clueless reporter.


Yes ...starting with Zakharova's hair description. Since when is she a blond...? Posted Image


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