2012 Vaganova Acad. Graduation ConcertsHonoring Dudinskaya: Jardin Anime and...Nacho Duato!?
Posted 01 June 2012 - 08:50 AM
No detailed castings yet. This year has four graduating dancers who have been followed and praised for years, expecially the beautiful Arina Varentseva, who has been almost as highly 'anticipated' as last year's Olga Smirnova (already a STAR at the Bolshoi). Other VIPs among the class are Ksenia Shevtsova, Danil' Lopatin and Ernest Latipov. (I wonder if any of these will actually take jobs at the Mariinsky?) Also sure to be on view is wunderkind Ksenia Zhiganshina, who danced a pdd at last year's graduation and won the Mikhailovsky Prix 2 years ago... but still has two full years to go before she graduates in 2014.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 09:23 AM
does Duato honor Dudinskaya's memory ? Okay, that may be interpreted as too provocative, so I'll re-phrase: This year's theme
and who is being showcased up front (in Dudinskaya's honor) is a stretch.
Posted 07 June 2012 - 05:14 AM
How odd that, at the same gala, the students from the Moscow Academy of Ballet (the school affiliated with the Bolshoi) danced Yuri Burlaka's reconstruction of Petipa's Harlequinade. That says it all.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 05:24 AM
Link to first concert info: http://www.mariinsky...12/6/16/1_1130/
As soon as I see the castings, I'll upload here and translate, as I did last year. This year has four graduating dancers who have been followed and praised for years, expecially the beautiful Arina Varentseva, who has been almost as highly 'anticipated' as last year's Olga Smirnova (already a STAR at the Bolshoi). Other VIPs among the class are Ksenia Shevtsova, Danil' Lopatin and Ernest Latipov. (I wonder if any of these will actually take jobs at the Mariinsky?) Also sure to be on view is wunderkind Ksenia Zhiganshina, who danced a pdd at last year's graduation and won the Mikhailovsky Prix 2 years ago... but still has two full years to go before she graduates in 2014.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 05:29 AM
When you think of all the works associated with Dudinskaya (of whom I am not a particular fan) its pretty poor show that you get a Duato contribution to celebrate the centenary of her birth.
Where is the respect for the best side of her and her husbands work.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 11:33 AM
So it's like rubbing salt twice in the memory of Dudinskaya & Sergeyev...not to mention the 'big finger' being given to Vaganova and pure classicism with the Duato. [Technically, we are breaking BalletAlert! rules by discussing modern dance here...maybe I should move the discussion to the Modern Dance sub-forum? But this is the VAGANOVA we're talking about.]
So maybe the Divertissements section will include an item or two from the Dudinskaya/Sergeyev repertoire?
Posted 20 June 2012 - 01:45 PM
There are others from this viewer, 'Roman23540' - just wish he'd learn to use his zoom feature.
Posted 23 June 2012 - 05:15 AM
The other real gem was the British intern, Isabella McGuire Mays (her name may be misspelled since I had the Russian program, so i'm transliterating back into what I presume is the English version of her name). Perfect physique, utter control over long limbs, supple high arches, and so much maturity in her presentation and musicality. Very lovely.
Since I'm here, I'll finish off my comments/thoughts:
others to watch -
-Sofia Ivanova-Skoblikova (one year left to go, a student of the much beloved Veronika Ivanova) in the Fairy Doll along with Ilya Boikov and Stanislav Arseniyev (the two boys are Silutsky's graduates this year).
-Also of the short-perky-cute suite was Alina Yasenko (M. Vasilieva pedagogue) and Serik Nakispekov (Silutsky) in the Harlequinade pas de deux. Nakispekov looks of Asian descent, ie darker hair/coloring, so he may be from Southern Russia. I dont know his heritage, but he had more energy than he could contain within himself, and the result was an explosion in his jumps turns that suited his character quite well. It was a pleasure to watch.
-Anton Cheyda, a veritable crowd-pleaser in the initial entrance from the "Girl and the Hooligan"-- one of my all-time favorite ballets, revealed visible dramatic talent in this short excerpt. It is not an easy piece to pull off for someone as young as Cheyda is, for the "tough street guy" mentality is the antithesis of the upbringing inside the halls of the Academy, but he did a fine job, and that music is so infectious…
Posted 23 June 2012 - 05:24 AM
Posted 23 June 2012 - 10:09 AM
Sorry to read about Varentseva's troubled technique, as she was much lauded 4 yrs ago when she danced Amour/DonQ Dream Scene, at another graduation perf. I know that the pedagogues change for the final 2-3 yrs; Varentseva used to have a pure technique.
Very odd about Zhiganshina not being featured. She's perhaps out due to illness, as she is highly regarded (and won the Mikhailovsky Prix' grand prize two yrs ago...while still a student in the Jacobson School, before moving to Vaganova for last 3 yrs of schooling).
Posted 27 June 2012 - 01:38 AM
The current international division student, Isabella McGuire Mays, is also at the Academy. I dont know her age, but am guessing she may also have been around 18 when joining the Academy. These are different cases though, than the Russian-born-and-trained dancers (Zhiganshina) who transfer into Vaganova from Perm, Kiev, or Jacobson's school.
Posted 27 June 2012 - 01:48 AM
I rememer seeing Zhiganshina at the Mikhailovsky Grand Prix in November 2010 and she was lovely in the Adolf Adams' Pas de deux. It would have been wonderful to have seen her again this year and compare the progress, so here is to hoping she's just out temporarily.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 06:01 PM
In 2010, Olga Smirnova danced the Grand Pas Classique pas de deux, music by Daniel Auber.
In 2011, Olga Smrinova danced the adagio from Thais, music by Jules Massenet.
In 2012, Ksenia Shevtsova danced the Briantsev adagio, known as Ghostly Ball, with music by Frederic Chopin.
Olga Smrinova never danced at any graduation ceremony, the Briantsev adagio that Ksenia Shevtsova danced.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:46 PM
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