Olga SmirnovaTalk about the young rising star of Russian ballet, 2011 Vaganova grad
Posted 26 September 2012 - 10:50 AM
In the meantime, Clement Crisp has traveled to Moscow and is just the latest in a long line of critics praising Smirnova:
Crisp reveals that, alas, Jewels will not tour to London next summer. (No word yet on what will be on view...just not Jewels.)
Posted 02 October 2012 - 08:47 AM
Posted 02 October 2012 - 09:02 AM
Posted 02 October 2012 - 09:02 AM
Another possibility: Apollo pdd, as Smirnova/Chudin will dance opening night of the ballet's premiere at the Bolshoi in two days' time? See very cool photo of opening cast (incl Smirnova) atop the Bolshoi Theater, next to the famous bronze statue of Apollo's chariot: http://www.bolshoi.r...cles/2012/2299/
(We cross-posted, abatt!)
Posted 02 October 2012 - 09:51 AM
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:56 AM
Ballet Magazine's award ceremony will take place on April 30, 2013 at Moscow's Stanislavsky Theatre.
http://www.bolshoi.r...press/articles/. Congratulations to you Olga !
Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:39 AM
Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:12 AM
However, IMO all of the benefits of the doubt have long since been exhausted. Given the current atmosphere in the Mariinsky, it seems to me to be a cynical move on The Management's part. Is it that they now want Smirnova's remarkable success at the Bolshoi to 'splash' on them, and give them CYA padding, when she was one of the two potential prima ballerinas (Kristina Shapran being the other at the Stanislavsky) that "got away?" Draw your own conclusions.
I think that Olga need not look back, only forward at this stage of her young career. She should reach Principal at the Bolshoi then guest at the Mariinsky - and that journey will not take long. Why? Because right now, Olga has travelled light-years ahead of where she could have been, specifically the Mariinsky corps had she joined the company after gradudation from Vaganova Academy. This is not to suggest that she would have stayed in that rank. Who knows what Fateev might have done with her had she opted to join the Mariinsky? And yet, given the substantial evidence of suppression of the gifted and talented, all signs certainly pointed to that scenario for her.
This is yet another regular performance and Fateev asks for Smirnova to come up from Moscow? Can he not develop and showcase his own personnel? Might I suggest the obvious yet again? With great respect to young Smirnova, Fateev didn’t have to dip into Sergei Filin's company to find a Nikiya for a routine performance. He already has plenty of Nikiya's at his disposal – great ones - namely, Katya Konadaurova, Dasha Pavlenko, Uliana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva, and potentially great ones – like Olesya Novikova and Katya Osmolkina who have yet to make their Mariinsky debuts as Nikiya. There are many ladies who have been waiting and they're all right there in the Mariinsky Theatre. There's no need to outsource leading roles for regular performances at home. After Smirnova's predictably stellar debut, the company will swing again as on a pendulum from feast to famine. Expect Keenan Kampa to grace us very soon as the next Nikiya and O/O debutante.
Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:11 AM
Posted 04 February 2013 - 05:59 PM
You'll find the reference to the cast change dated January 31.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 06:19 PM
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