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Ivan Vasiliev named principal with ABT


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#1 Dale

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 11:07 AM

From the company:


IVAN VASILIEV NAMED

PRINCIPAL DANCER AT AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE



Ivan Vasiliev, principal dancer with the Mikhailovksy Ballet, has been named a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, effective immediately, it was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. He is scheduled to perform during the 2013 Metropolitan Opera House season and on ABT’s national and international tours.

Born in Vladivostok, Russia, Vasiliev studied at the Dnepropetrovsk Ballet School in Ukraine and later at the Belarusian State Choreographic
College in Minsk, graduating in 2006.

In 2006 he was invited to join the Bolshoi Ballet as a soloist, making his debut with the company as Basilio in Don Quixote. He was promoted to the rank of principal dancer in May 2010. Vasiliev’s repertoire with the Bolshoi includes the title role in Spartacus, the Nutcracker-Prince in The Nutcracker, Colas in Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardée, Solor and The Golden Idol in La Bayadère, Conrad and the pas d’esclaves in Le Corsaire, Philippe in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Flames of Paris, Acteon in Yuri Burlaka’s La Esmeralda, The Young Man in Roland Petit’s Le Jeune Homme et la Mort and featured roles in Christopher Wheeldon’s Misericordes and Asaf Messerer’s Class Concert.

Vasiliev has appeared as a guest artist with the International Rudolf Nureyev Festival in Kazan and the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater. Since 2009 he has been a member of the cast of Kings of the Dance. In December 2011 he joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet as a principal dancer.

His awards include the Bronze medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition (2004), the Gold medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition (2005), the Gold medal at the Arabesque-96 Ballet Competition in Perm (2006), and the Grand Prix – Varna International Ballet Competition (2006). He is also the winner of theTriumph Youth prize (2006), British Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards in the category ‘Spotlight’ (2008) and as Best Male Dancer (2010), and the Benois de la Danse prize for his performance in Le Corsaire and The Flames of Paris (2009). In 2011 he received Grand Prix at the International Dance Open Festival.

Vasiliev first appeared as a Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre in 2011. His repertoire with ABT includes Solor in La Bayadère, Pyotr in The Bright Stream, Franz in Coppélia, Ali, the Slave in Le Corsaire and the Flames of Paris pas de deux.

#2 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 02:40 PM

Hallberg in the Bolshoi roster and Vasiliev in ABT's. What a sign of the end of the cold war..! Posted Image

(Has he ever danced Albrecht, BTW...?)

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 02:49 PM

Hallberg in the Bolshoi roster and Vasiliev in ABT's. What a sign of the end of the cold war..! Posted Image

(Has he ever danced Albrecht, BTW...?)


Yes, both as a guest artist with other companies and (just once, I think) at the Bolshoi.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 04:38 PM

How do we think this new development will impact the other short virtuoso men at ABT? Cornejo is clearly a very important star at ABT, so I doubt that Vasiliev will cut into Herman's territory. However, I'm not sure whether this will hurt Daniil's chances for a promotion. Personally, I'm thrilled about Vasiliev's more permanent relationship with ABT.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 04:45 PM

ABT was is and will be an international company. I think there has never been a real effort to change that. Vasiliev and Semionova will DEFINITELY cut down other's hopes for roles, but that's the way it is...

#6 Natalia

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:21 AM

I like his leaps and other tricks but not the aesthetics. ABT seems to have become 'Ardani Ballet Theater' and it's not all for the better.

And they wonder why ABT doesn't have money to pay for substantial realistic sets & costumes, instead settling for 'lego sets' and one-dimensional cardboard cut-outs for a Nutcracker?

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 07:10 AM

And they wonder why ABT doesn't have money to pay for substantial realistic sets & costumes, instead settling for 'lego sets' and one-dimensional cardboard cut-outs for a Nutcracker?


I've only heard that question raised one place actually.

I like the nutcracker sets. I don't think they look cheap in the slightest.

#8 Natalia

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 07:13 AM

...
I like the nutcracker sets. I don't think they look cheap in the slightest.


You like that plain blue background with the one-dimensional white little house? Uh...to each his own.

They 'broke the bank' with that one.....NOT!

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 07:16 AM

I like his leaps and other tricks but not the aesthetics.


I totally agree, he is a dancer with very limited emploi.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 07:21 AM

I like his leaps and other tricks but not the aesthetics. ABT seems to have become 'Ardani Ballet Theater' and it's not all for the better.

And they wonder why ABT doesn't have money to pay for substantial realistic sets & costumes, instead settling for 'lego sets' and one-dimensional cardboard cut-outs for a Nutcracker?


So very true, Natalia. In my opinion he does not bother to create character or act the role he dances. Seems to just be all about technique and not even beautiful technique. I got the impression watching him dance, that he wishes audiences to appreciate the difficulty of ballet mechanics. Don't get me wrong he is very athletic but I prefer dancers who make ballet seem like the easiest or most natural thing in the world. Vasiliev to me appears to be all mechanics and grits, lacking aesthetics as you pointed out.

I hope Simkin gets the message and maybe tries to bulk up a little bit if only to make himself a better option than Vasiliev in certain roles. Vasiliev will be digging into Simkin's roles most likely.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 08:22 AM

I agree, Cordelia. Don't get me wrong - I've 'woo-hoo'ed' at Vasiliev's Flames of Paris PDD.

I actually see Simkin in a different light, several notches above the 'rough and tumble' emploi of Vasiliev. Simkin is, to me, more the 'petit prince' than the gangster. Incredibly refined and elegant. Both Vasiliev and Simkin are short and have won many competition medals but, to me, that's where the comparisons end.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 08:56 AM

An early Basilio from Novosibirsk and his Solor at ABT seemed like he was in character to me, but I am more used to opera singers, (and some of the greatest singers just stand and sing without any acting), so maybe I am more tolerant to just skimming the surface of the character, but I did feel his Basilio and Solor were not just acrobatics. I think it is a case of viewing a glass half empty or half full.

I think he is definitely a creature of the stage and has star charisma so he may not be to everyone's liking, but he belongs on the stage, in my personal opinion!

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 09:07 AM

Regardless of personal opinion on Vasiliev's talents, I think abatt brings up the most important point: his height. Kevin already under utilizes Herman because of how he views his height and the ballerinas available to partner him; I would expect that Vasiliev won't have the same issues from management though....what a shock.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 09:30 AM

Regardless of personal opinion on Vasiliev's talents, I think abatt brings up the most important point: his height. Kevin already under utilizes Herman because of how he views his height and the ballerinas available to partner him; I would expect that Vasiliev won't have the same issues from management though....what a shock.


Part of that is (as implied) politics I'd imagine. The other is that, although he has improved, Herman has historically been, and to some extent remains, a weak partner.

He can now decently partner the short, smaller women, but a woman taller than him (and many men have partnered taller women, cynthia gregory had partnerships with men who were less than the ideal height for her) is not possible.

Given the ease with which Vasiliev lifted Veronika Part, I think a wider range of partners will be available to him (based on physical ability).

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 09:31 AM

Regardless of personal opinion on Vasiliev's talents, I think abatt brings up the most important point: his height. Kevin already under utilizes Herman because of how he views his height and the ballerinas available to partner him; I would expect that Vasiliev won't have the same issues from management though....what a shock.


I think Vasiliev is wonderful in certain things and not so great in many others, but he is certainly an exciting and charismatic dancer. Partnering is not an issue for him as it is with Cornejo and Simkin because despite his height he is very strong. I remember seeing him as Ali in Corsaire last season. I think Part was dancing Medora - anyway whovever it was she was obviously too tall for him yet he partnered her beautifully. It must have been Part because I remember thinking that I wish they'd pair her with him instead of Stearns!


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