Ivan Vasiliev named principal with ABT
Posted 18 September 2012 - 09:31 AM
I keep thinking on the likes of Markova, Nureyev, Fonteyn, Alonso, Baryshnikov, Kirkland, etc...who eventually conquered such diversity...
Posted 18 September 2012 - 09:32 AM
Posted 18 September 2012 - 09:47 AM
Yes, I do see where you're coming from absolutely (I've never seen Vasiliev with anyone but Osipova so my experience is more limited) and if Vasiliev turns out to be the soul mate partner for Part, I will be thrilled she found someone to dance with besides Cory (I think it would even be good for him to dance with someone like her-- I find he and Osipova too competitive together). But If anything, Vasiliev is more limited by emploi than Herman--though short, Herman has the lines of a prince, despite his height. Vasiliev is a much rougher dancer, though I am sure we will see him as Siegfried soon, whereas Herman does not dance it ABT. I could be proven totally wrong though!
Posted 18 September 2012 - 10:17 AM
Posted 18 September 2012 - 11:39 AM
I also agree with the persons who said he appears as if he wants to show the difficulty of the movements. I also think that this contributes to me not liking his characterizations - it doesn't appear as if those movements are naturally a part of the characters, but something the dancer wants to show me. In some solos, that isn't as much of a problem as in other cases. My overall impression of him as a dancer makes me wonder how versatile his casting will end up being, and how much influence this all will have on the casting of other dancers.
Posted 18 September 2012 - 12:18 PM
Posted 18 September 2012 - 12:27 PM
Posted 18 September 2012 - 05:04 PM
Posted 19 September 2012 - 04:54 AM
Please note that the cast for 'Don Quixote' on September, 22 will be announced later, according to Ivan Vasiliev's health condition.
Does anybody know what this is about?
Posted 19 September 2012 - 05:35 AM
Back to Solor and other Vasiliev interpretations. Even if Vasiliev may be the Lawrence Olivier of ballet, I simply cannot get past his poor line. This is classical ballet dancing and certain basic visual aesthetics should be met before one moves on to the next qualification for the noble, princely roles.
It's not the stature (shortness). It's the proportions and degree of muscularity. As I pointed out earlier, Simkin is short but he has the proportions of a noble.
Andrei Batalov of the Mariinsky had (has, if still active?) the same challenge with line and proportion. That doesn't take away from the joy that I experience when seeing Vasiliev or Batalov in demi-caractere bravura roles, such as Basil or the big PDDs like Flames of Paris or Pas d'Esclave.
Posted 19 September 2012 - 06:32 AM
What happens with his performances with Mikhailovsky? They are rumoured to come to London in March, does anyone know if he is likely to appear with them?
Also what happens about Muntagirov? Will he continue to guest at ABT? Of course he is tall with a beautiful line but now his champion, Wayne Eagling, has been booted out of English National Ballet, there is a question mark over how likely he is to stay, particularly as he seems to have been filched from his regular partner Daria Klimentova to dance with his new boss Tamara Rojo. I suppose his future at ABT depends on whether or not the company operates a quota system where Russian male dancers are concerned, but I was very surprised by the negative comments about him here last season, does he dance less well with ABT or is he just unpopular there? Personally I am hoping that the Royal Ballet will snap him up as the male ranks are looking thin after the loss of Putrov and Polunin.
Posted 19 September 2012 - 06:42 AM
Posted 19 September 2012 - 07:25 AM
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