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Osipova named Principal at Royal B while staying with Mikhailovsky


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#46 ksk04

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 07:00 PM

The rate at which Osipova acquires and "unacquires" principal contracts seems wildly unsustainable. Hopefully she is not burning bridges, and retains her commitments to all of these masters without stepping on too many toes--though I guess all she needs to do is point to Polunin and say "at least I'm not him."

#47 Drew

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 07:12 PM


From the above Kommersant quote:
Osipova in Kommersant: http://bit.ly/Y9LxhP Royal Ballet principal her main job from now on, likes London better than NY

I'm sure she likes our money, though. That's reason enough to book tix to see anybody but Osipova, even if she jetes her way up to the moon. Hee Seo and Isabella Boylston are my choices! I don't think that they complained publicly about Moscow during ABT's own tour to Russia last year, did they?

Agreed. Also, Semionova is another reason to not book tickets for Osipova. She's lovely. And versatile.


Seriously, I don't think any dancer's desire for money or what one assumes about that desire (which I personally assume includes Seo's and Boylston's and Semionova's desire for money too) is a reason not to see them dance: nor do I assume that vulgar materialism explains any genuine ballerina's career and capabilities. And I firmly consider Osipova a genuine ballerina. Some prefer others to Osipova and that's one thing, but it doesn't make her any less an artist that she wants to get the best possible contracts for herself.

There is certainly something appealing about dancers who are deeply embedded in their companies--which of course is not Semionova either--but I personally don't remotely hold it against Osipova that she has had a less stable career because I consider the performances I have seen her dance to be of historic quality, comparable to the best I have ever seen going back at least to the 70's.

I note, too, that she has always said in interviews how much she loves London -- I remember that from at least a couple of years back. (I like it myself.) She also said--way back, when she was first dancing with ABT--that Fonteyn (with whom she shares a birthday) is one of her idols. I don't think going to the Royal is some artistically incomprehensible decision, actually rather less incomprehensible than going to the Mikhailovsky from a certain point of view. (Nor is it as if the Mikhailovsky OR the Bolshoi -- her two other home companies -- have been paragons of stability in recent years.)

I'm sad she will be dancing less with ABT, but by no means puzzled by her decision.

#48 trieste

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 08:55 PM

It seems like a wise enough choice on Osipova's part -- having seen her once, I'd love to see her again no matter what company's banner she's under.

As for homegrown talent at the Royal Ballet, Melissa Hamilton is one to watch. By all rights she should be a principal in the next decade. Far better than Lauren Cuthbertson in my eyes, and of much wider employ to boot.

#49 Helene

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 10:53 PM

Seriously, I don't think any dancer's desire for money or what one assumes about that desire (which I personally assume includes Seo's and Boylston's and Semionova's desire for money too) is a reason not to see them dance: nor do I assume that vulgar materialism explains any genuine ballerina's career and capabilities. And I firmly consider Osipova a genuine ballerina. Some prefer others to Osipova and that's one thing, but it doesn't make her any less an artist that she wants to get the best possible contracts for herself.

Yes.

Who boycotted Nureyev because he could drive a hard bargain and never picked up a dinner tab?

Like other young people who come into money without much experience with it, I hope she socks some away and has good advisers she can trust. The Royal Ballet, despite it's attempt to toss its heritage, seems like a better fit for her, anyway. Maybe her love of Fonteyn can help her find and re-establish the virtues that Fonteyn embodied within the company. If we're lucky, the Royal Ballet will mount some of the Fonteyn/Ashton rep that's endangered.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 02:24 AM

Like other young people who come into money without much experience with it, I hope she socks some away and has good advisers she can trust. The Royal Ballet, despite it's attempt to toss its heritage, seems like a better fit for her, anyway. Maybe her love of Fonteyn can help her find and re-establish the virtues that Fonteyn embodied within the company. If we're lucky, the Royal Ballet will mount some of the Fonteyn/Ashton rep that's endangered.


Sock some away? Not likely in one of the most expensive cities in the world, but she has always had a fondness for Britain and I remember an interview where she was gushing over the city of Nottingham where she did indeed receive an exceptionally warm welcome.

The RB needs her badly and there is a hole at the top to fill with three principal ladies leaving in the past year. I agree with Helene concerning the Ashton rep and the company's heritage. Two Pigeons hasn't been danced by the main company for an age now, I'd revive it specially for her.

#51 mimsyb

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 03:56 AM

I wasn't criticizing Ms. Osipova's (or any other dancer) for wanting to make money. More power to them. I merely meant that if Osipova doesn't perform as often with ABT, there are other choices. For me personally, if she's listed on one of my subscriptions, fine. It's not that I don't enjoy her performance. But not seeing her gives me the opportunity to see what some other dancer is capable of. And that also gives me pleasure. I adored Fonteyn, but also relished seeing Nerina, Beriosova, Grey. Sometimes seeing other dancers opens our eyes and minds to new possibilities. In fact, this year I exchanged one of my Osipova "Don Q" performances (I had both) for another dancer's casting in that ballet, just so I could see a "second opinion" of the role. That for me is part of the joy of watching ballet. And like a few other posters, I would be extremely happy if the Royal were to revive a few of the works Ashton did for Fonteyn. And then bring them here. ABT probably would never revive some of them, but the Royal can. That reason alone is a good one for her being at the Royal. So maybe it's just a better fit for her.
What's not to like in London?

#52 abatt

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 05:41 AM

I actually admire Osipova's choices more than Vishneva's. Vishneva has spent a considerable amount of time on modern dance performances, and that has distracted her from classical ballet. She has, in my opinion, wasted some of the prime years of her career on this. IN contrast, Osipova is not running around giving solo performances where she writhes on the floor or twirls around the stage with a lamp shade on her head (yes, I'm referencing the Beauty in Motion shows). Osipova at least is spending her time on seeking out important classical ballet opportunities.

I also don't fault Osipova one bit for seeking to maximize her income while she is a hot ticket. A dancer's career is short, so you have to strike while the iron's hot. As soon on your technique starts to fade, the world has moved on to the next hot young virtuoso.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 06:36 AM

http://artsbeat.blog...allet/?ref=arts

From the NY Times on the Osipova jump to the Royal.

#54 Alymer

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 02:31 PM

who boycotted Nureyev because he could drive a hard bargain and never picked up a dinner tab?


Well he bought me lunch in Vienna. Does that count?

#55 Helene

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 03:04 PM

That definitely counts!

#56 Ilya

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 06:34 PM

From the above Kommersant quote:
Osipova in Kommersant: http://bit.ly/Y9LxhP Royal Ballet principal her main job from now on, likes London better than NY

I'm sure she likes our money, though. That's reason enough to book tix to see anybody but Osipova, even if she jetes her way up to the moon. Hee Seo and Isabella Boylston are my choices! I don't think that they complained publicly about Moscow during ABT's own tour to Russia last year, did they?


[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]Here is the translation of the excerpt from Osipova's interview in Kommersant (http://kommersant.ru/doc/2165603) which deals with New York. I don't see where she "complains publicly". On the contrary, she is very nice and diplomatic. It's quite natural that a European city is closer to her culturally than a North American city.[/size][/size][/font]

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Q: Why London rather than, for instance, ABT in New York where you spend the Spring season?[/size][/size][/font]
[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]A: My beloved person and teacher Irina Kolpakova is in New York, and ABT is part of my life; however, I am happy with the relationship that I currently have with them. I arrive, I dance at the Met, and I leave. At this point, I wouldn't be able to live in New York.[/size][/size][/font]
[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]Q: In other words, this is related to the city?[/size][/size][/font]
[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]A: Yes and no. It seems to me that I wouldn't be able to get americanized. New York is a different world, a different culture. Never say never, but London is closer to me right now.[/size][/size][/font]
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#57 mussel

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 09:54 AM


From the above Kommersant quote:
Osipova in Kommersant: http://bit.ly/Y9LxhP Royal Ballet principal her main job from now on, likes London better than NY

I'm sure she likes our money, though. That's reason enough to book tix to see anybody but Osipova, even if she jetes her way up to the moon. Hee Seo and Isabella Boylston are my choices! I don't think that they complained publicly about Moscow during ABT's own tour to Russia last year, did they?

Agreed. Also, Semionova is another reason to not book tickets for Osipova. She's lovely. And versatile.


I don't understand the backlashes simply because she prefers London over NY? I mean if she is leaving ABT then I'd understand the resentment.

#58 volcanohunter

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 10:26 AM

"[font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4][font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]I am happy with the relationship that I currently have with them. [/size][/size][/font][/size][/size][/font][font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4][font=Helvetica][size=3][size=4]I arrive, I dance at the Met, and I leave."[/size][/size][/font][/size][/size][/font]

Pardon me for putting it this crudely, but that formulation does sound a little "wham, bam, thank you, ma'am."

#59 Helene

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 10:39 AM

As long as she doesn't phone in her performances, I don't think she owes anything more to anyone except her partners. ABT is full of itinerant dancers, and there have been Principals whose performances have dwindled over the years.

She's taking advantage of opportunities offered, and I don't see an issue with this. If she were to leave ABT after her current contract ends, that's her choice. ABT invested nothing in her training.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 06:43 PM

Helene - I'm surprised at myself because I've never read any post by you that I didn't totally agree with. I don't think I can substantiate it, but this one time I don't think I agree with you. While I'm a fan of Ms. Osipova and enjoy her performances very much, there's something about her rabid company-hopping that grates. Maybe it's the "user" quality of it - what else can I get, both artistically and in terms of money. I've never met a dancer who dances for the money. Have you? One also gets a sense of little commitment. This ballet, that company, this city or that one. It makes one wonder what it is she actually cares about. Maybe ultimately it doesn't matter, but there is something about all this that makes me uneasy. A dancer's life is not just about "taking advantage of opportunities offered". That's hedge fund mentality.


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