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"Big Ballet" a 7 episode ballet contest

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I have seen the first episode with beautiful dancing by kristina Shapran and olga smirnova among many others and bits of the contest on you tube. Diana V. Is one of the judges. Would love to have more information about this.

Thanks,

Judith

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First I've heard of such a thing. Where did you see it, judith? What did they dance? How many contestants? Were they equally talented/accomplished in your view? Should we all be watching it? WHere?

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It's a Russian TV show- like a 'Dancing with the Stars' for professional dancers :) Has dancers from Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Stanislavsky, Perm, and I can't remember where else and Diana Vishneva is one of the judges. The last I heard, Shapran was leading.

The first episode is on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAflZZDHe24&feature=my_watch_later_videos&list=WL65F501B40DDC2D5F .It's 2 hours so get your cup of tea and settle in!

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Me too! Is episode four coming up? Is it you I must thank with all my heart for posting these episodes on youtube?! If so, thank you!!

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Episode 4 is up but it includes 3 pieces of copyrighted music, so it is banned in US.. including Olga Smirnova and Anna Tikhomirova's dancing. I don't know why that is a big deal, so soon ballet would be illegal because of Tchaikovsky and Minkus? Ridiculous.

I don't know if I should take out those three pieces and upload a "condensed" version...

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Ugh, just saw Shapran and Polunin's segment. That was some of the worst choreography I've suffered through. What a pretentious list of contemporary dance cliches ('robotic' movement! big extensions! overparterning! pointless pointes!) -- not even these two could save this work -- it was more like the cheese seen on So You Think You Can Dance (no offense, fans of this show) than any serious balletic choreography. Dumbed down Macgregor/Forsythe pastiche. The little clip of rehearsal footage was nice to watch though. Disappointing, considering the choreographic choices for this show have been mostly good, and at the least interesting.

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