2012/2013 Mariinsky Ballet Season Begins; Announcements
Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:35 PM
But if a youtube duel of Grand Pas Classique it is...here goes: clearly both of these young dancers have problems negotiating some of the ballet's more harrowing moments -- I pause in typing of this sentence to appreciate Cynthia Gregory sans cigarette -- but only one of them looks like a potential world-class ballerina: Smirnova. And it's the upper-body and indeed the "danciness" that, in these youtube excerpts, makes the crucial difference.
Skorik does have some lovely qualities (including some of her lines). And indeed looks as if she has fine potential and may "grow" as a dancer and artist. Her prominence at the Mariinsky at THIS stage of her career remains a puzzlement if youtube here and elsewhere is to be believed. Of course, it may not be; fan reports of live performances (as on this thread) are rather divided.
Smirnova I have no doubt is someone I want to watch "grow." Here's hoping it happens and that I get to see her one day!
Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:25 PM
One quick correction. It is "writer" who brings up the consideration of videos and I think has made some points that are well worth thinking about.
Also I did not want to imply a competition between Oxana Skorik and Olga Smirnova, but rather a complimentary look at these two remarkable artists, whom I consider to be equal but beautifully different.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 05:04 PM
I agree, Maya would probably be a star today, but she would have to be much thinner. But I wonder if the ultra think body type diminishes a dancer's strenghth and ability to do such big jumps.
Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:49 PM
In Essence I think that she is Extremely Beautiful and in expression she can be mind-bogglingly exciting.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:09 AM
Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:26 AM
But how much smiling does Nikiya have reason to do, really?
Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:03 AM
Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:49 AM
Not much...just the Hootchie-Koochie Basket Dance just before the snake bites her. That bit must have some vem and vigor!
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 01:42 PM
So unfortunate!!!!! I suspect Ivanova's Giselle would have been heavenly! Really disappointed. I was happy she was dancing that role on my birthday!
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