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Mariinsky at the Kennedy Center 2013-2014

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#136 nysusan


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 05:42 AM

I enjoyed both performances on Saturday but neither was great. I liked Esina more than most. Her plastique is totally different from the current fashion at the Mariinsky. She doesn't have that super stretched looked and doesn't carry her rib cage far forward like most ballerinas do when they're used to dancing on raked stages. She used her upper body in a softer, more sculptural way. Askerov was much improved from his performance in California last year and I thought they made a good couple.

I also enjoyed Kolegova more than last year. Her dancing was never the problem, but last time I found her interpretation unfocused. This time I felt more of her Odette's story and found her to be more expressive (though she is still very much on the remote side). I didn't like Zuyzin at all. His dancing was mediocre and his characterization was totally bland. At least as bad as Ivanchenko.

All of the soloists were great and I really can't pick a favorite of the 3 jesters I've seen. But I think the most outstanding male soloist has been Ernest Latypev. Wow, what gorgeous line and great elevation. I've also really been enjoying old favorite Nadia Gonchar and new favorite Nadezhda Batoeva and I even caught Anna Lavrienko in 1 performance of the Neopolitan dance on Friday night.

#137 Natalia


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 06:17 AM


I found this picture online:
Looks less like a wig than hair extensions.

This is pretty much exactly what his hair looked like on Friday night, so no bubble wig!



Then he pitched the wig, which was combed back (no bangs) and even showed receding hairline in the temples. He looked so much older onTuesday. Happy that Schklyarov is back to looking young.

#138 Buddy


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 11:38 AM

 She [Olga Esina] used her upper body in a softer, more sculptural way. 

Thanks, nysusan, for your review. The Odette that I saw Olga Esina perform at last year's Mariinsky Festival was slightly different from her two last autumn in Naples, Italy. I would say her Naples performances were somewhat more animated, expressively vibrant and vey secure. Her Festival performance, which I really liked, was very 'artistic'  and lovely. As for using "her upper body in a softer, more sculptural way," at the Festival I wouldn't necessarily say "more" than the others, but differently. She was indeed soft and sculptural. In the slower passages, she had a way of slowing things down almost to a suspension, yet compacting so much feeling and interest into this. Also she would punctuate this with dramatic reaches and positioning, that made a very effective contrast. Whenever this seemed liked it might get too loose, she would return it to a beautifully controlled and refined 'softness.' I've probably discussed this more completely under her name in the "Dancers" topic.
Also glad that you liked Anastasia Kolegova. Like Birdsall, I personally prize her 'understatement,' because it allows her delightful and lovable natural self to shine through.
I like Timur Askerov. Among other things he seems to be a very secure and sympathetic partner.
Thanks again for sharing your thoughts. 

#139 YID


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 11:07 AM

Bravo to the Mariinsky corps de ballet. I enjoyed watching it tremendously. The dancers were as if a mere refelction in a mirror, such alignment of every limb, every angle, heads tilted and as if they breathed as a one body. Bravo, A+++. As for soloists, i didn't like O.Esina, neither she has the flexibility, powerful expression of upper body (she does bend in lower back) that deprives  volume and air from her movements, now can she spin. (come one- 27,5 single fouettes? for a Lead in Swan Lake with Mariinsky? - i even had to second guess myself about 32 fouetes). Me- disappointed with her (but i had the ticket for Matinee, and seeing Ernest Latipov was a bonus. T. Askerov was good, much improved from before and I could see his neck ;- )) -right track. Kolegova was better (imho) compared to Orange county engagement, she was right on music. and I was glad that A. Somova performance was much softer, without edginess and acrobatics, very right on music*. Sklyarov was (as expected) trying to out-do himself. I liked his "frazing" certain well thought jestures that conveyed the story line. To round-up, i would much prefer to see a cast different to Esina and Kolegova, however, BRAVO to the company itself and its GORGEOUS SPLENDID corps de ballet. It was nice to see forum friends in DC

* orchestra was not as good as before, the solo violin had problems at times, the tempo was wrong at times, and wind instruments were wrong many times....

#140 Kristen


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 01:35 PM

Thanks to all who posted - have enjoyed reading all the reviews.  I attended on Friday night - dazzled by the overall quality of the corps, the costumes and sets - VERY disappointed by the orchestra.  I found Somova lovely, but lacking in that ability to make me experience ballet nirvana.  She had zero rapport with Shklyarov, though his lackluster dancing in the 1st act might have been responsible.  I found the loud rustling noise of the swan’s tutus hitting one another very distracting.


Once we reached the black Swan section, Shklyarov displayed grand jetes with totally unexpected ballon and Somova became an Odile that spoke to the audience.  The woman sitting in the row ahead of me spoke with a Russian accent.  When Somova completed her black swan fouettes, the woman gave a “thumbs up” signal to someone across the aisle.  At the intermission, the woman across the aisle came over to her and said “you’ve done WONDERS with her.”  So perhaps excellent coaching explains the transformation of Somova that has been discussed here.


Standouts were the joker, Vladislav Shumakov, displaying that Angel Corella style pure joy of dancing that so few have.  Viktoria Krasnokutskaya was dazzling in the first act pas de trois.  Would love to have seen Rothbart, Ivan Sitnikov, dance Siegfried.


Wonderful QUIET audience – are ALL the coughers, hummers and candy wrapper rustlers in Palm Beach?

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 11:37 AM

Tatiana Terehova coaches Alina Somova, and I saw her in DC in the audience. She's said to have significantly improved Alina's style.

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 03:55 PM

Tatiana Terehova coaches Alina Somova, and I saw her in DC in the audience. She's said to have significantly improved Alina's style.


When I first saw the Mariinsky -- then Kirov -- Terekhova was the stand-out for me. A lot of balletomane attention and admiration was focused on Assylmuratova, especially in the wake of a Croce piece about her -- and not wrongly of course -- but for whatever reason Terekhova's (as it seemed to me) crystalline, yet free dancing spoke to me much more immediately. I was quite pleased when I learned that she was working with Somova.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 06:39 AM

I attended on Friday night... Would love to have seen Rothbart, Ivan Sitnikov, dance Siegfried.

Sorry for interfering, but actually that Friday night Andrei Yermakov was dancing Rothbart. He appeared as Rothbart four times: January 28, 30, 31
and February 2.

Thanks for sharing your impressions.

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