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#436 Mathilde K

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 04:07 AM

I wonder if all the teachers/coaches could have a meeting with Fateyev and Gergiev and express concern about quality and the hours spent helping dancers not quite ready vs. the lack of hours spent coaching excellent dancers who deserve more coaching to perfect roles. Maybe the coaches do not want to speak up or they already have and feel it is like talking to a brick wall.


They are afraid. Fear of being replaced. At Mariinsky there are no irreplacable people.

#437 Mathilde K

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 06:59 AM

It is amazing that Fateyev slandered his own dancers. Very strange.

None of the discussion that took place in the Fall 2012 lost any actuality.

I find it ironic that in the thread started in anticipation of Skoryk's opening night performance of «Swan Lake» in California, not a single person reported on that performance. A catastrophe occurred, as some feared, in the fouettés. This did not prevent Fateev to give her 4 more «Swan Lakes» during that tour. In Berkeley, however, he decided to place Kondaurova on the opening night. I enjoyed that performance tremendously in spite of the fact that apart from Adagio, Kondaurova was not particularly subtle as Odette, while her Odile was marred by quite a few small lapses and her fouettés were weak.

#438 Tiara

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:06 AM

I think Oxana Skorik has a real problem with that left ankle.  That was a calamitous performance.  Bad fouettes and bad ballonnes and numerous mistakes - whether these are because of underlying faulty technique or physical limitations, or both, she is very lucky that the current Acting Artistic Director has a forgiving nature.



#439 Helene

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 12:24 PM

Thank you all for your thoughts on these matters. Especially Natalia, for that splendid collection of links, but really all of y'all, even those not sympathetic to my view, since it's such a stimulating conversation, and you all know so much.

Birdsall, you raise a point about why the men's variations -- I have not heard that argument, but I remember hearing it was common knowledge that Petipa did not choreograph the men's variations, but let the men choreograph their own most effective solos.

 

Petipa created male solos that were not danced by the hero, but by a surrogate of sorts in some of his ballets.  Also, Petipa did choreograph male solos:  in two of Doug Fullington's presentations, a dancer demonstrated Prince Florimund's Wedding PDD variation from the notations, and it looked a lot more similar to Bournonville in style than the big sweeping variations we see today.  Also Doug noted that in at least one case, the male dancing toward the end of Peitpa's life had already changed the variation to what we would think of as a more modern "after Petipa" style.  (It may have been Gorsky.)



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 01:45 PM

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#441 Mathilde K

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 01:13 AM

David Dougill in Sunday Times

http://www.thesunday...icle1443371.ece

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"First off were Oxana Skorik as Odette/Odile and Timur Askerov as Prince Siegfried both of them first soloists. Askerov has a warm personality (he smiles a lot) and a plushly elegant dancing style. Skoriks Odette has beautiful line and phrasing, but is too remote and mannered in characterisation. Their lakeside pas de deux was meticulous but soulless. In the ballroom scene, Skorik was a dazzling fouetté-ist, but her seductiveness was mostly surface."

#442 Buddy

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 06:11 PM

There is now a June video clip of Oxana Skorik performing Diamonds ( Драгоценности) (with Konstantin Zverev). I’ve seen a lot of Oxana Skorik performances (and a lot of videos) and all I can really say is that after two viewings -- I’m Spellbound.

 

 

Correction: Драгоценности translates (Google) as "Jewelry," thus Jewels, but Oxana Skorik and Konstantin Zverev are performing the duet from Diamonds.



#443 MadameP

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 12:33 AM

It is his job and his right, given, to do as he pleases, but...history-(and not only ballet's)-is full of case scenarios where "rightful" decision were-(are)-endlessly questioned when outcomes are just too much to witness or accept. Given, Skorik is dancing right now all she wants under her powerful tutelage, but given also that this is being exposed to the whole world as the decline of the company. It is not a win-win situation. Both Skorik and Fateev are destroying a legendary symbol. And yes...this is all "legal".

In Oksana SKorik's case, Fateyev has well and truly exercised his "right" to cast whoever he pleases in whatever roles he pleases, and seemingly with no thought to her suitability.   There are very few principal roles that she does not now dance, and the major omission at the moment is Aurora.  Even this role, she is to dance.  She was originally on the playbill to dance Aurora long ago (I will try to research the date, but I think it was right at the start of the season, or maybe even last season) but she was replaced.  Recently I sat in the loge next to the stage for her Raymonda and did my best to watch objectively.  I still see an inexpressive dancer, although she did smile, but that was her only expression apart from here normal still face.  I do see a dancer who has gained very much in confidence and also who is technically much improved, and undoubtedly this is because of the sheer amount of stage exposure she has had.  However, I still do not see an artiste, and I am very much surprised by those who claim this for her.  Yes, she has beautiful lines, but what good are they when they are not used to illuminate a role?  Her roles are interchangeable - she does not characterise - and really I feel that watching her, I am watching a student perform exercises.  It's difficult to explain it, and many have said they see no "soul" in her dancing.  That's what I feel, too.  I wish Yuri Fateyev had championed some other dancer.   She is not a Mariinsky dancer, in that she does not reveal the soul and heart of her performance through every movement, and that for me is the great VaganovaMariinsky tradition, which she does not exemplify.  



#444 Natalia

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 01:40 AM

Oxana Skorik debuts as Aurora in SLEEPING BEAUTY in two weeks:

http://www.mariinsky...16/3/13/2_1900/

Kim Kimin is Desire. Is it a role debut for him?

#445 Birdsall

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 02:53 AM

I believe debuts for both. I think Aurora was the only classical main role Skorik lacked and her debut was supposed to be a year ago or so but she canceled. I don't think it is ideal for her at all. I like Auroras to have a joie de vivre that I have never seen Skorik have.

#446 Natalia

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 03:06 AM

Thanks. I'm sure that Kim will be great in his solo. Hoping the best for both debuts.

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 06:06 AM

Oh my... :icon8:  May the spirit of Fonteyn miraculously  descends upon her...



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#449 MadameP

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 04:17 AM

Skorik has been replaced by Osmolkina as Aurora.  



#450 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 07:52 AM

Look at the casting for April 8!

Performers

Princess Aurora: Hee Seo (ABT)
Prince Désiré: Vladimir Shklyarov
The Lilac Fairy: Yekaterina Kondaurova
The Diamond Fairy: Sofia Ivanova-Skoblikova
Carabosse the Wicked Fairy: Islom Baimuradov
Princess Florine: Maria Shirinkina
Bluebird: Alexei Timofeyev


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