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Mariinsky at the Kennedy Center 2013-2014


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#16 nysusan

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 04:39 AM

I'll sign a letter to Gergiev, but lets add Pavlenko as well as Lopatkina!

 

My wishlist  for DC casting (not going to happen, I know) would be Lopatkina, Pavlenko, Vishneva (does she even still tour with Mariinsky?), Tereshkina & Kondaurova. Osmolkina & Novikova would be fine, too - but thats not going to happen.  I wouldn't even mind seeing Skorik again once to see how/if she's developed in the role. I'd go to see Olga Esina. I saw her O/O with the Vienna Opera Ballet 7 or 8 years ago & she was very good. Not Lopatkina/Pavelenko level back then, but I'd be curious to see what she looks like now. But my fear is that we're going to get Skorik, Somova, Kolegova, Matvienko with either Tereshkina or Kondaurova thrown into the mix.  

 

And what about our Siegfrieds? Schlyarov, of course,  but I'd much rather see Korsuntsev, Kolb, Yermakov or Sergeev instead of Ivanchenko & Askerov who we are probably going to get.



#17 California

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 05:09 AM

I'm not sure a petition from a public discussion board is the most effective way to proceed. It might be helpful to simply post the full name and mailing address + e-mail of Mariinsky management so individuals reading this can make contact individually, as they wish. (Public addresses and e-mails only, of course.)

 

I also wonder how much say the Kennedy Center management has on casting, although they probably assume it will sell out no matter what. Is it worth contacting Michael Kaiser? If so, individuals might send letters or e-mail, using the address on the Kennedy Center site.



#18 Drew

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 12:49 PM

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I also wonder how much say the Kennedy Center management has on casting, although they probably assume it will sell out no matter what. Is it worth contacting Michael Kaiser? If so, individuals might send letters or e-mail, using the address on the Kennedy Center site.

 

I agree that Kennedy Center is probably confident they can sell out Swan Lake with the Mariinsky (or close to it) no matter who is dancing. They may also feel it's not up to them to dictate casting for a company of the Mariinsky's prestige--even if they had the power to do so. And yet I do think the Kennedy Center cares about being treated and perceived as a top-level international venue--not the "provinces"--and must want the same dancers, say, New York or London or Beijing would get. That is, there is a prestige consideration as well as a business one when it comes to casting.

 

Whatever our opinions I doubt it's a matter of vetoing anyone--they can hardly say to any company, 'well xyz is good enough for you but not for us'--but perhaps requesting/requiring certain dancers. In that sense, I assume pressure on Kennedy Center might be meaningful if (a big "if") they have any say in what the Mariinsky does (especially since this tour is a done deal anyway).

 

Of course, they also probably don't take fans, even apparently well-informed fans, seriously especially when they can sell out in any case. What they might take seriously is the fact that Kondaurova was featured in the company's recent film broadcast; Lopatkina is...well, Lopatkina etc.

 

(A fan boycott? with a chance to see the Mariinsky corps in Swan Lake and other soloists in small parts even fans who despair of the lead casting may break down and buy tickets. If I were in D.C. I would...)



#19 meunier fan

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 01:00 PM

As relates to the above .... The Hochhausers did, in fact, say that Osipova and Vailiev would appear with the Bolshoi or else no deal in London this past summer.  ....  Guess it depends on the producers ... and, of course, they did ONLY appear once together during that three week season in FLAMES OF PARIS (the production of which had been done FOR them after all ... and they lost out on the Paris opening of the same) .... although Vasiliev did do a second 'replacement' performance.  



#20 Jayne

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 09:03 PM

I think honey will get you further than vinegar.  Better to request specific performers - rather than to criticize others. 



#21 Ballet Foot

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 12:21 PM

I am not certain that The Kennedy Center has much control over either the repetoire or the cast. I remember several years ago when Bolshoi was scheduled to  perform a certain ballet, & then changed their schedule at last moment. This caused much consternation, especially among the season ticket holders. Of course, recent contract negotiations might have taken this unfortunate situation into consideration.

 

 

 



#22 sandik

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 01:07 PM

Last minute changes often have to do with injuries and the domino effect that can have on casting -- touring contracts often have an emergency clause for such events.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 01:19 PM

I know the local ballet company in my city has a list of shows it advertises on its website that it is willing to take on tour, and I assume that means venues can request particular shows. Of course, that does not mean a big company like the Mariinsky or the Bolshoi would let venues choose (more prestige probably means the venue has less say and vice versa), but it means that it sometimes does happen. I am sure there is a contract and it is all hashed out in the contract what the venue and what the company does or does not do. It probably varies. Some venues might want more control and others simply want to book the act and do not care what shows.



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 06:02 AM

Casting is posted for the Kennedy Center visit in January 2014: http://www.kennedy-c...ts/?event=BOBSG

 

PRINCIPAL CASTING (subject to change)
Tue., Jan. 28, Fri., Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. & Sun., Feb. 2 at 1:30 p.m.
Viktoria Tereshkina, Vladimir Shklyarov

Wed., Jan 29 at 7:30 p.m. & Sat., Feb. 1 at 1:30 p.m.
Anastasia Kolegova, Maxim Zyuzin

Thu., Jan. 30, Sat., Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Alina Somova, Timur Askerov

 

#25 abatt

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 06:27 AM

How is Kolegova?

 

Yes!  Tereshkina!  Happinesshappy.png



#26 Buddy

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 09:10 AM

Anastasia Kolegova is a Sweetheart. You'll fall in love with her immediately ! She's also a very fine dancer and she's not tall making her all the more special for a Mariinsky Odette-Odile.
 
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I'm putting her in your hands, Abatt. Please see that she is given a wonderful reception and very well cared for.   flowers.gif   


#27 Birdsall

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 10:26 AM

How is Kolegova?

 

Yes!  Tereshkina!  Happinesshappy.png

 

I think Anastasia Kolegova is wonderful. I actually like her better than many Principals at the Mariinsky. She has an introverted persona on stage, so she is a great Odette, but she can also be spicy as Odile, although I feel she is always subtle in demeanor (less aggressive), and her dancing is technically impeccable. However, Tereshkina is probably the best Odile, because she drips confidence and evil. Tereshkina wows you mainly as Odile. I think she is good as Odette also, but her Odile is the more exciting than her Odette.



#28 Natalia

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 02:29 AM

The first cast is fantastic. Champagne casting. I hope that it holds and that it's not just a bait-and-switch. beg.gif

 

Surprised to not see Kondaurova but maybe she, too, is unavailable due to rehearsals for Olympics opening ceremony the following week?



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 01:36 PM

I asked Gergiev yesterday to look into casting for DC and to put Lopatkina on tour. I'll keep on praying. I'd love to see Tereshkina, but I would not stay for Somova or Kolegova, nor Zuzin or Askerov.



#30 YID

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 02:13 PM

Dear forum readers, please post (or email me - those who know my e-mail or via PM here) your prefered casting, I will be happy to try to pass it to Mr. Gergiev on Tuesday after his concert in Carnegie Hall.




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