Nikita Dolgushin - RIP
Posted 10 June 2012 - 11:46 AM
Small note on the main page of the MIkhailovsky reads:
Nikita Dolgushin, an outstanding dancer, choreographer and teacher, has died at the age of 74. He will be greatly missed.
Also, there's a full obituary on the Russian-language Mikhailovsky site:
I'm sure that full obituaries in English will follow.
Rest in peace, Nikita Dolgushin. A true prince of classical dance.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 02:27 PM
Poetic, brilliant, modest. Noble dancing.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 03:00 PM
Another one of his Balanchinesque "imitation-as-flattery" pieces was an all-Gershwin answer to Mr B's Who Cares? Dolgushin titled it We Do Care! Will try to upload if I find it.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 03:38 PM
Dolgushin -- if it WAS Dolgushin's group, whoever they were the was the senior person and hte director -- danced something noble -- Icarus? -- in a unitard and was a stunningly beautiful man still. Whatever, he was playing a youth who came to a tragic end, and his own youthful figure, combined with hte maturity of his experience, gave it weight and majesty, and a kind of Housmanesque/Wilfred Owen melancholy that was totally appropriate.
This pas is a wonderful homage to Balanchine -- close in spirit, without ever getting too literal in its admiration.. It DID seem very knowing -- echappes in the same musical place, arabesques voyages in the same place, failli assemble in the same place -- but always with a difference -- and with enough virtuosity to jazz the folks who want tricks, but with plenty of connection between hte stars and wonderful accuracy of placement and imagery to please the cognoscenti -- and the good taste to know that piques with the retire very low can be just as beautiful as those with a high retire. The steps he gives the ballerina she makes very very beautiful.
The butterfly jumps -- I don't know what to call them, it's like a quarter tour jete to attitude, or jete passe with a quarter-turn, or Vaganova pas de chat with a quarter turn -- have a wonderful lightness for both boy and girl are Kinda Bournonville-esque, and also remind me of those Villella did in Rubies - -so the connection there may be Villella. Anyway, the register of steps he's working with has a harmony to it that makes it like a "missing link" between Flower Festival and Tchai pas.
Edited by Paul Parish, 10 June 2012 - 04:09 PM.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 03:41 PM
This was before my first long sojourn in Russia. Let's just say that Dolgushin was a huge inspiration in my life.
Edited by Natalia, 10 June 2012 - 04:59 PM.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 04:13 PM
RIP Mr. Dolgushin.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 05:12 PM
Posted 10 June 2012 - 11:31 PM
I am sorry I never got to see Mr. Dolgushin dance live. He was quite something!
The "Butterfly jumps" - what a good name! - we did in school, way-back-when, but I do not remember them being called anything in particular. -sigh- (yes, pas de chat-like, or temps de fleche derriere-like.... anyone know for sure? They are charming and fun.)
Posted 11 June 2012 - 07:03 AM
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