I suspect that if all comes down to just wishing a dancer to "make it to end" then we have a problem.
I'm glad she made it to the end.
Posted 12 June 2013 - 06:59 PM
Posted 13 June 2013 - 12:45 AM
They're so calm and subdued as to be lethargic.
Lethargic is the perfect word to describe the Kirov's 21st century style.
Posted 13 June 2013 - 02:49 AM
Performance from Moscow Ballet competition- great to see this variation, ....
I cannot believe that Skorik is exposing herself like this, in a major int'l ballet competition. I wonder how they're doing - made it to the finals? This is the competition won by the likes of Obraztsova and Schklyarov, in recent years (solo category). Maybe Skorik/Askerov are in the duets category and there are few entries?
Posted 13 June 2013 - 02:54 AM
Speaking of Obraztsova, there is a little section on her trip to Moscow competition with some footage and her reflections on her recent monologue about herself on Youtube. It now has English subtitles for those of us who have very poor Russian!
Edit: Definitely competing as duo- http://moscowballetc....com/en/node/28 has updated standings and categories.
Posted 20 June 2013 - 04:10 AM
Closing the loop on the Moscow IBC within this thread: Oksana Skorik had the 2nd-highest finish among ALL senior female competitors. Only Oksana Bondareva, a first soloist at the Mikhailovsky, bested Skorik, earning Gold in Duets. (No solo female dancer won a gold medal.)
Main competition news/discussion here: http://balletalert.i...oscow-ibc-2013/
Posted 27 July 2013 - 03:33 PM
"Swan Lake" Acts III and IV with Timur Askerov from May 17.
Quite Wonderful !
Act IV Odette starts at 22:00
Someone at the very end yells out "Spasiba!" ("Thank You!" in russian), which I've never heard at a ballet performance before. Totally justified.
Posted 27 July 2013 - 05:54 PM
I watched the first 25 minutes. Ms Skorik gave a fair performance, quite solumn in expression, there wasn't anything particularly glittering, evil, or different to her Odile compared to her Odette that followed. I do think she is posing less, and moving through the steps better.
Gergiev's boast that the Mariinsky will now give 1000 performances annually compared to Bolshoi's 500 - I have to wonder why they are not using the still healthy Julia Makhalina. I would go see her as O/O in a heartbeat. Even if she lacks the technical mastery she had at 22, I still think she would do better than some of young things that Fateev is shoving on stage without adequate coaching time or seasoning in the corps.
Posted 29 July 2013 - 10:45 AM
Posted 03 August 2013 - 01:41 PM
Posted 03 August 2013 - 03:45 PM
It seems to me that the right place for her at the moment is to be 3rd or 4th night for each rep, slow down her debuts, and stop giving her soubrette roles (no more Kitri, please no Swahilda, etc). If the pressure is off and she is relaxed, then the mistakes go away, and her good qualities can shine through. I suppose no one truly comes out of the box as a finished performer, and even Zakharova's first O/O was not as fine as the one she gives 12-15 years later.
Now, if only the Mariinsky could get Vishneva to give more performances at home!
Posted 08 August 2013 - 07:55 AM
Posted 08 August 2013 - 08:07 AM
... stop giving her soubrette roles (no more Kitri, please...)
Oh yes indeed, please...
Posted 19 August 2013 - 12:07 PM
I'm still very much following the parallel development of Oxana Skorik and Olga Smirnova (now at the Bolshoi). Above is posted a video clip of Oxana Skorik's Act IV Odette from Swan Lake (starting at about 22:00). For me, it's as fine a video statement of her beauty as I've yet found.
Here is one of Olga Smirnova which, from what I've viewed on the internet, shows her at her Vaganova finest with qualities that I cherish.
Posted 01 October 2013 - 04:36 AM
This is a review that I posted elsewhere of Oxana Skorik's two "Swan Lake" performances two weeks ago in Naples, Italy.
This is from the only press review (GBOPERA Magazine) that I've seen of the performances.
"An Odette / Odile technically flawless, beautiful long lines, sustained, even more deserving of praise for having been danced with delicate lyricism suited to the role, especially in the "White" Pas de deux, the end of which unleashed a veritable ovation, supported even by the members of the orchestra! The most difficult parts were carried out smoothly and with poetic ease, thanks to the fine use of the arms, real swan wings. Refined and sober, she appeared perfect in the role of Odette…."
(translated from italian. thanks to NEOPHYTE at Dansomanie for posting this)
" ….[an ovation] supported even by the members of the orchestra! "
If this is true than I'm indeed impressed.
I saw both of her performances and they were outstanding. I agree with what this reviewer has written. I do have to add one fact. In neither performance of the Act II White Swan duet were the two overhead lifts performed. This possibly was a partnering issue. Oxana Skorik, at least on point, is taller than Vladimir Shklyarov (her partner in both performances), and someone may have chosen not to include them, because of difficulty. (I did once see an entire series of Mariinsky Swan Lakes where almost everyone omitted these lifts, although this is not usually done) In an internet video of Swan Lake, danced with Timur Askerov, she performs all the lifts in the entire ballet with confidence and immense beauty. These two lifts were the only elements in both performances that she omitted that I noticed. Although there was at times a sign of tenseness, all the other technical challenges were handled flawlessly.
I continue to feel that she has the ability to be one of the finest ballerinas of our times. Perhaps she already is.
Vladimir Shklyarov was her partner.
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