2012/2013 Mariinsky Ballet Season Begins; Announcements
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:57 AM
In Essence I think that she is Extremely Beautiful and in expression she can be mind-bogglingly exciting.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:56 PM
to cure it all, (I pray god that she's well and happy), i might have my magic potion of Lopatkina in Swan Lake in February
Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:06 PM
I would add that at last year's Mariinsky Festival she performed the famous lakeside duet from "Swan Lake" at the final night Gala and for me it was possibly the best performance of the entire Festival.
[Added comment. The official schedule for this year's Mariinsky Festival has just been posted. Some performances and some artists' names are still to be announced].
Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:44 PM
Interesting to note that the DonQ scheduled on 3/2 is not yet cast. Hmm. I wonder if they are waiting to see how Kampa does with her Feb. repeat performance.
Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:48 AM
Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:34 AM
The corps de ballet remains the saving grace of the company.
Obviously she wasn't cast in principal roles when she was at Boston Ballet. Mikko Nissinen clearly thought she needed more time in the corps and wasn't ready for major roles. This just strikes me as a stunt casting to garner more press.
Maybe to the Mikhailovsky? Or abroad to La Scala or a similar company?
Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:48 AM
Please discuss the topic, not other members' opinions.
Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:06 PM
Skorik's weaknesses and off pointe moments have become such norm. Will she embody the "New Mariinsky Ballerina" concept...?
Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:05 AM
IMHO, I'd have to disagree—it seems like there's a real improvement. There are moments of weakness in the Bayadere, but they're outnumbered, to my mind, by moments of exceptional beauty. Her lines are incredible.
That GPC variation (famous, of course, for being fiendishly difficult) is also encouraging. See: going for the fourth pirouette at 0:45, see a regal port de bras, see those legs, feet, and turnout, and most importantly, see a much more confident dancer who no longer seems to be on the edge of tears. I never thought I'd be drinking the Skorik Kool-Aid, but I'm looking forward to what comes next.
Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:36 AM
The variation was nice too. And as far as msitakes being the norm, I've seen mistakes made by many Mariinsky ballerinas on youtube. I think one difference is that with modern techonology, we can watch and rewatch and overanalyze each mistake. Before when everything was live, mistakes were forgotten.
Now that practically every performance is on youtube, every single mistake ever made seems blown out of
I found the full video of the pdd here. She handled the turns in the coda nicely.
Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:46 AM
..., see a regal port de bras, see those legs, feet, and turnout...
I know this is me, but THAT is exactly the point. I can't bear ballerinas that are making spectators see ballet as an endless sequence of posing and placement, hence distracting them from the very esence of the art form: MOVEMENT-(including turns and jumps). I learned the beauty of the art from ballerinas with less than perfect lines-(usually rather stocky and muscled)- who were able to take absolute control over movement. Movement should be completely molded and conquered by the ballerina, ultimately winning the latter one, not the other way around. Skorik looks like a slave of it...always going thru it with great pain, seemingly wanting to cease it to luxuriate in her habitat...the motionless moments of beautiful posing. I'm not bying it. I feel cheated by her twisting of the concept.
Give me the Lepeshinskayas, Charins and Valdeses of ballet...give me the short, strong amazons who CAN do everything with no fear and greatness. I'll pass the rest.
Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:13 AM
[Added comment -- You might enjoy watching the internet video clips of Olga Smirnova's beautiful handling of the "Grand Pas Classique". Here's one.]
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