Mariinsky under Fateyev
Posted 30 August 2012 - 08:46 AM
Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:20 AM
Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:23 PM
Posted 30 August 2012 - 01:23 PM
In fact, dancers like Komleva, Sizova, Maximova, Bessmertnova, Sorokina were dancing principal roles in the 1950s and early 1960s as teenagers and early 20 year olds, both at the Bolshoi and the Kirov. In the 60s, Vaganova student, Valentina Semyukova, danced Lilac Fairy at the Kirov with Asylmuratova's teacher, Zubkovsakaya dancing Kitri/Dulcinea, so during Soviet times, talented dancers were not trapped in the corps and were given opportunities for soloist and principal roles. Just ask Nina Ananiashvili, who graduated around 1981 in Soviet times. Also, more recently, Yulia Makhalina danced principal roles in the late 80s as a teenager and Larissa Lezhnina at age 19 or 20 was filmed in 1989 for the commercial video Sleeping Beauty.
Historically speaking, weren't the vast majority of dancers at the Mariinsky career corps members, just like at the Bolshoi, POB, RDB, with few if no chances for solo roles, regardless of their talent? The break-up of the Soviet Union was the first driver that gave all but dancers at the highest level leverage to move.
Young dancers in the Soviet Union certainly were given principal roles, but under Fateyev, this does not happen - unless your name is Oksana Skorik.
Posted 30 August 2012 - 01:59 PM
Posted 30 August 2012 - 02:13 PM
After this performance she did not dance a principal role again until her Firebird debut on July 14th, 2012. Stepanova is scheduled to dance Big Swan and Spanish Dance in Swan Lake in America in October, plainly an insult to a ballerina with so much talent, artistry and beauty, who is worthy of the principal role of Odette/Odile.
Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:42 PM
Posted 31 August 2012 - 05:10 AM
Bart, here is the Stepanova video I think you are talking about. She's fascinating to watch. Her section starts at 7 minutes-ish (after Vishneva and Kondourova)
It is Big Red who does it best for me here...
Posted 02 September 2012 - 04:58 AM
Posted 02 September 2012 - 06:10 AM
By the way, I totally agree with the thrust of this discussion...but y'all already knew that, didn't you? (wink) The casting policies of the current Mariinsky ballet administration are beyond belief. The absurdity of Shirinkina debuting a major ballerina role (Cinderella) at the opening night of the upcoming Kennedy Center run is just the latest madness; not that she doesn't have the ability to succeed but that is not the point.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 09:47 AM
Posted 02 September 2012 - 11:25 AM
Posted 03 September 2012 - 09:00 AM
They always need to sell tickets early in the week. People who want to see the Mariinsky on the weekend will go no matter whom is cast.
It seems rather unfair to Shirinkina to have her debut during an opening night--a kind of favoritism that could effectively hurt her if she needs some seasoning in the role. I hope she does do really well, as she definitely caught my eye the one time I saw her and she seems a natural 'Cinderella.' But yes, it's a bit odd.
Shrinkina is an interesting choice for the opening night reviewers, since she's a dancer who has generated interest and isn't a dancer they've seen every tour, plus there's the distraction of "What do we think of Ratmansky?" and how has this production changed since the last time. If she gets middling reviews, I suspect they will also have a caveat about the production and the "sour" score.
Posted 03 September 2012 - 09:11 AM
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