Premiere of Balanchine's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" a
Posted 30 May 2012 - 10:33 AM
of Balanchine's wonderful ballet. Victoria Tereshkina will be the Mariinsky's first Titania
and will alternate the role with Ekaterina Kondaurova. Kondaurova will also dance Hippolyta
and alternate with Alexandra Iosifidi. There will only be two performances during the current
White Nights Festival.
Posted 30 May 2012 - 03:52 PM
Something very important is missing from the cast lists: the leading couple dancing the gorgeous and difficult classical pas de deux in Act II.
Nice start with two potentially great Titanias, though.
Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:16 PM
I, too, am curious about the pivotal casting of the Act II Divert.
Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:48 PM
Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:11 PM
It's also a far more difficult role to get right than Titania, in my opinion.
Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:47 PM
Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:57 PM
I disagree that the ballerina has to be small. Kyra Nichols, for example, was quite stunning and Darci Kistler was luminous in it, although Heather Watts gave my favorite performance of it. Watts wasn't that small either: she just looked shorter by comparison to the very tall dancers in the company.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 04:07 AM
As the Mariinsky's leading man 'in his prime' right now is Vladimir Schklyarov, and as he has not been assigned Oberon, I am guessing that he is the likely opening-night A2 PDD male. His recent partner (in life and on stage), Maria Shirinkina, would be a good contender for the female A2 PDD lead. It better NOT be "Ms X."(guess who); I don't think that the Balanchine Trust would allow it.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 08:18 AM
Heather Watts gave my favorite performance of it. Watts wasn't that small either: she just looked shorter by comparison to the very tall dancers in the company.
Mine too! I wasn't a huge Watts fan but she was absolutely beautiful to watch in that pas de deux. (She was a great Dewdrop, too.) Watts described herself as a "medium" in an interview somewhere.
ETA: When I'm purchasing a ticket based on casting alone (vs one driven by the calendar) I always base my decision on who's dancing in the Divertissement. Unlike more traditional story ballets, Balanchine's Midsummer doesn't hand the final pas de deux -- the one that crystallizes a ballet's "moral tone" (for lack of a better word) or its picture of ideal love -- to the lead couple. A less-than-optimal Divertissement ballerina can therefore undermine Midsummer just as much as a less-than-optimal Aurora can undermine Sleeping Beauty. And I don't think I've ever seen a "bad" Titania in that sense.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:27 PM
Posted 02 June 2012 - 06:26 AM
I am now wondering if perhaps the Balanchine Trust has approved a 'doubling up' of roles...i.e., Titania and Oberon will dance the PDD? Balanchine was very much against it but, according to Nancy Goldner (in Balanchine Variations), somebody told her that this once occured in Switzerland in the early 1970s because, apparently, Balanchine adored the dancer cast as Titania and wanted to see more of her. (!)
It would be very much "the Mariinsky Way" to push for this. How can the Prima Ballerina barely appear in A2 and concede the biggest classical dance of the night to another ballerina?
Posted 02 June 2012 - 06:32 AM
Posted 02 June 2012 - 06:34 AM
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