2012/2013 Mariinsky Ballet Season Begins; Announcements
Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:19 AM
I want so badly to like this girl but .... her hands make me often cringe and she drop character way too often. It almost looks as if she is dancing with really long fingernails or something? It's just odd and looks large in proportion to the rest of her and then add in the tense nature of the way she places them. For me, it just doesn't work.
I will say she handled her Act 1 better and with more vim and vigor than I had expected. There was one very nice moment in her Act 2 variation but otherwise it was a disappointment and this Wedding Pas was so full of tension on her part that it was difficult to enjoy at all. Plus no tangible chemistry between them outside of the usual teamwork needed to complete a Pas. She was very fortunate that she had him as a partner too. He is better than a few "names" in that regard by a long shot. And bless his heart- the look he gives her at the end of the Pas. It's as if he is double checking that she is ok. Either physically or emotionally or both. I would not be the least bit surprised to learn he is a favored personality among the company men.
She has alot going for her as a dancer but this is just simply not the right rep or company for her to achieve her personal best, imho. I hope she moves onto somewhere else or at least gets some serious one on one coaching for those hands and arms.
editing to add: Just watch her Act 3 variation and coda. At least she made a nice show of the coda and looked so happy to get to relax and even show off a bit with the nice fan work. A nice way to end a rather shaky debut.
Any insider news on what we can expect next from her?
Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:15 PM
Posted 23 January 2013 - 01:09 PM
Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:15 PM
Remember, Somova has done this role quite a bit. Personally I'd rather watch Keenan Kampa. At least her fouttees didn't look like a fish flopping around on dry land gasping for breath, her feet point, she has turn out, her rib cage isn't out of alignment, etc etc.
I'm not saying I thought it was a brilliant attempt, or even a particularly good one. But it was her first, and to my eyes hardly the atrocity it is being made out to be. Certainly other people have polluted the shades of the Mariinsky long before her (to steal from P&P).
Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:22 PM
" But it was her first, and to my eyes hardly the atrocity it is being made out to be" - as someone in a russian forum said, "let her be and be trained in any other place but Mariinsky", when there are many more much more talented (though neglected) balerina's. But what can i say, when there's an artistic genocide in Mariinsky ballet, and acid attacks in Moscow.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:06 AM
The perfect way of describing the current Kirov policies. Well said.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:36 AM
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:05 PM
Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:37 PM
I never danced, but I've played sports. Some athletes burst out of the gate and their talent is so obvious that it's blinding and they are ready to perform at a very high level. Others need time and space to grow and mature before they are ready for the elite level. Ms. Kampa would have benefited from a slower trajectory. Of course the same could be said for Ms. Skorik and Ms. Somova.
How old is Daria Pavlenko? Could she make a move elsewhere? Maybe to the Mikhailovsky? Or abroad to La Scala or a similar company?
Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:54 AM
Posted 31 January 2013 - 03:39 AM
If so, it's odd to have her listed as corps, sitting in the corps ladies' dressing room, living in the tight corps de ballet 'hostel apartments.' Anybody who gets a contract with principal roles should be listed as 'Guest Soloist' at least.
True, she danced virtually no small solo parts in Boston, let alone larger solo roles. The Street Dancer in Boston's DonQ came a few days before her departure, which Nissinen knew about months before.
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