Bolshoi Academy 2012 - American is top grad!Joy Womack et al
Posted 06 June 2012 - 04:06 PM
Mario Vitale Labrador also featured. Both Joy & Mario turned heads here in DC, when the Bolshoi Academy performed in 'Proteges III' at the Kennedy Center a year ago.
Clips here: http://www.youtube.c...ser/fiordililia (scroll down until you see Paquita; Joy in bright red tutu)
One will note with great interest that this concert featured mainly Petipa-era classics (Paquita, Naiad & the Fisherman, Harlequinade, and such)...unlike the Vaganova Academy, devoting one-third of the evening to Nacho Duato. (!!!) If there ever was a doubt, this just confirms that Moscow is the new bastion of classicism in Russia.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 05:58 PM
P.S. One afterthought: perhaps they are trying to make sure their dancers catch the eye of the Duato-directed Mikhailovsky? With the idea that that could be a main source of jobs for them? I could sort of understand that way of thinking. Still, although I try not to pick sides, I think that on this one I'm "team Bolshoi."
P.P.S. Big congratulations to Joy Womack...
Posted 07 June 2012 - 04:00 AM
Boris Eifman Theater of Ballet
Source, Vaganova Academy web (only the Russian version of the site): http://www.vaganova....?id=105&pid=265
So there we have it. The Mikhailovsky (Kekhman/Duato troupe) has a hand in the 'results' of the school. (In the past, it was unofficial -- those not selected to the Vaganova tried to get jobs in other Petersburg troupes -- but now it is 100% official.) Once the 'divertissements' third of the program is revealed, will we see portions of Eifman ballets? (I've seen Eifman attending these concerts for years but he has never tampered with -- imposed his works -- on the programs presented. He simply goes to enjoy and possibly spot a dancer or two who may be offered a place in his troupe, if said dancer is not lucky enough to be offered a place at the Mariinsky.)
And I have no problem with 20th-C CLASSICAL or neoclassical works being in the program of a top ballet academy's graduation concerts. In the past, bits of Balanchine (Tchai pdd, Tarantella), Bryantsev (Spirit Ball pdd) and Yakobsen (Blind Girl, etc.) have been featured. Large excerpts of the mid-century Gayane were featured in the last two concerts. But this? Sorry, this is an insult to classicism and to everything that the Vaganova Academy has represented.
By the way, I began a thread on the 2012 Vaganova Academy concert here (within the Kirov-Mariinsky forum):
Posted 17 June 2012 - 01:15 PM
Posted 17 June 2012 - 01:31 PM
End of finale:
Her posture is so plumb: her core looks rock solid.
Posted 17 June 2012 - 02:03 PM
Posted 17 June 2012 - 03:43 PM
This is thrilling.. It's rare to find someone who can convey upper-body subtleties and perform strong turns with equal skill.
Aurora mentions that Ms. Womack is considering two offers. Which would be the better choice, given the differences between the two companies -- a corps position with the Bolshoi or a soloist position with the Mikhailovsky?
Posted 17 June 2012 - 06:41 PM
Posted 18 June 2012 - 04:41 AM
Posted 10 September 2012 - 10:59 AM
Also, her fellow-American-student at the Bolshoi Acad, Mario Vitale Labrador, has joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet as a Soloist, according to this:
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