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2012/2013 Mariinsky Ballet Season: General News, etc.


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#271 Buddy

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 06:18 AM

Some promotions of corps to coryphee happened today. A friend alerted me. I guess the most news-worthy item is that Kampa has been promoted to Coryphee. You can go to the Mariinsky's website and see the promotions.

Very glad to hear this about Keenan. From recent video clip viewings I've seen some beautiful airy qualities that I've not noticed before. In addition to her other fine potential these might make her much more of a recognizable Mariinsky artist than I previously believed.

#272 Rosa

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 10:26 PM

Kim Kimin made his debut as Siegfried on the 19th, and will perform Solar in June. He is receiving a lot of opportunities!

#273 Natalia

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 06:59 AM

The return of Alina Somova after a one-year maternity leave has been accelerated! Originally announced for the July 31 GISELLE (which she will still essay), the Grand Return will be on July 21 as Medora in CORSAIRE-Jardin Animee as part of a mixed bill at the Mariinsky II.

http://www.mariinsky...13/7/21/3_1200/

 

Also of note is the very fast sudden rise of Viktoria Krasnokutskaya, who'll debut as the lead in Emeralds this July (unless she already did so and I missed it).



#274 Natalia

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 06:31 AM

Another one of the 'new moms' returns to the stage:  Victoria Terioshkina on August 6, as Death in Jeune Homme et la Morte, opposite guest Ivan Vasiliev as the young man.

 

http://www.mariinsky...013/8/6/3_1900/



#275 nysusan

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 06:59 AM

Another one of the 'new moms' returns to the stage:  Victoria Terioshkina on August 6, as Death in Jeune Homme et la Morte, opposite guest Ivan Vasiliev as the young man.

 

http://www.mariinsky...013/8/6/3_1900/

WOW, now that's a performance I'd love to see!!!!



#276 Drew

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 10:30 AM

Osipova will be dancing with the Mariinsky in Carmen that week as well.

 

[I have deleted a bemused meditation on the prominence of this ballet in the Mariinsky repertory.]

 

I think Vasiliev could be fantastic as the young man in Jeune Homme et La Mort...and I suppose "Death" is (dance-wise) not a bad role in which to return to the stage for Tereshkina.



#277 Drew

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 10:34 AM

Are there any reports on Lopatkina in the Ratmansky Little Humpbacked Horse? 



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Posted 21 July 2013 - 09:36 AM

Please forgive the extremely belated way in which I'm sidling into this thread...

 



Also of note is the very fast sudden rise of Viktoria Krasnokutskaya, who'll debut as the lead in Emeralds this July (unless she already did so and I missed it).

 

Krasnokutskaya danced the Violette Verdy role on the 8th of February this year, but I have a funny feeling that wasn't her debut either.

 

To me the surprise is Ivannikova. She danced Gulnara with Somova's Medora in tonight's Corsaire excerpt; and she was apparently going to debut in Diamonds on 7/7 -- but then, NOT a surprise, she was replaced by Skorik. Has there ever been a Mariinsky Jewels cast that actually made sense? 

 



Are there any reports on Lopatkina in the Ratmansky Little Humpbacked Horse? 

 

Well, she didn't do the eight double pirouettes in the Tsarevna's final variation. Five doubles, with a break in the middle... That's a matter of fact, the rest is personal taste. 

 



Osipova will be dancing with the Mariinsky in Carmen that week as well.

 

[I have deleted a bemused meditation on the prominence of this ballet in the Mariinsky repertory.]

 

I imagine many of us could write out this meditation ourselves, word for word...



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Posted 21 July 2013 - 10:42 AM

Thanks, Shirabyoshi, for your preceding comments.

 

Could I also step back in time for a minute? I just looked very briefly at the video of Kim Kimin's debut as Siegfried in Swan Lake on May 19 with the Bolshoi's Anna Nikulina. I've liked him very much since the first moment that I saw him.  

 

I really want to watch this more carefully. Anna Nikulina has beautiful qualities that I'd enjoy seeing much more of.

 

What I like so much about Kim Kimin is that he has remarkable bravura and virtuosity with an equally remarkable and powerful poetic presence and yet he never tries to steal the show. He is a fine partner who always keeps the attention focussed on his ballerina.

 

I wish them both much future success.

 

 

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This video clip is posted above on this page.

 

Additional Added:

 

Not only does he direct all his attention to his partner, as artistically as possible he really seems to be cheering her on. From my limited observations of him, I think that this is totally sincere. Very fine qualities.



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 12:17 PM

Just back at my hotel after seeing Don Quixote at the Mariinsky. Elena Yevseyeva was wonderful as Kitri: temperament, lovely, the "wow" factor in her technical dancing, and a demeanor of complete confidence and having fun.

Kim Kimin was very impressive. I do think he looks different than the rest of the company (and I am not talking about his being Korean), but he is impressive. He seems to change slight things to the choreography.

Sergeyev was amazing as Espada. Jaw dropping. He should be a Principal.

The disappointment was Kampa as Queen of the Dryads. She seemed so nervous and cautious as if she were scared to death. This was the exact opposite of Yevseyeva's confident Kitri. You just don't expect a deer in the headlights approach at the Mariinsky!

I was also surprised to see a fairly subdued Street Dancer. People have told me Pavlenko is a good dancer, but she almost seemed like she could be nursing an injury. When the Street Dancer lunges forward right before dancing between the knives she barely did a lunge at all.

The Vaganova students must be on break for the summer because they were no where to be seen tonight. Don Quixote's dream seems sparse without them. Missed them very much!!! It is so cute to see the young "kids" in that scene.

Romeo and Juliet tomorrow.

Too tired but will tell everyone about the Kschessinska exhibit at her mansion "Fouettes of Fate" and the Golovin exhibit at the Russian Museum when I get a chance.

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 01:36 PM

Thank you for this report--I'm very interested in reading about all the performances you see.   (From the very little I have seen of Yevseyeva I'm not surprised to read about her being a quality Kitri.)



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 03:51 PM

Thanks, Birdsall. Hope that you enjoy everything that you see. 

 

I thought that Elena Yevseyeva was Lovely as Kitri at this year's Mariinsky Festival. I'd never heard of her before and I was very pleasantly surprised.

 

Kim Kimin was her partner and was  indeed "impressive."

 

(Birdsall, get over to the Hermitage Art Museum, if at all possible. Rembrandt, Leonardo and a Michelangelo second floor. French Impressionists and Post Impressionists third floor. Allow plenty of time to find your way around.)



#283 Birdsall

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 08:33 PM

Buddy, I went to the Hermitage last time and even though there was no way to see it all in one day I am doing all the things I wanted to do but didn't have time to do. I am sure I will re-visit the Hermitage on a future visit, because it is worth re-visiting!! I do appreciate the suggestion.

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 05:59 AM

By the way, I took a boat ride along the Neva and some canals today, and the guide said if a person spent 2 minutes looking at everything in the Hermitage it would take you 8 years to see everything!!!! That made me laugh since this topic came up here!

#285 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 07:53 AM




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