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Moscow IBC - 2013June 10-19, 2013


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#16 bingham

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:44 AM

No press release yet but, as you can see from this roster, the prizes have been awarded:

 

http://www.moscowbal....com/en/node/28

 

The 'big news' among Seniors: Skorik wins the Silver. Timur Askerov GOLD...yes, Gold. Draw your own conclusions. smile.png The only other senior golds awarded in the entire competition were to Russians Oksana Bondareva of the Mikhailovsky (in duets) and to David Zaleev (solos). No female solo senior gold was awarded this year. The other Mariinsky competitors managed only a bronze (Ernest Latipov) and 'diploma' (Alexei Popov). Ex-Mariinsky soloist Cheprassova was not so lucky.

 

Juniors:  American/Swiss Miko Fogarty wins jr gold, sharing the top female prize with Ksenia Rychkova and Elvina Ibraimova (both Russians). Two of the dancers representing the USA are among the 4 girls sharing 3rd prize-jr: Beck and Higgins.

Gisele Bethea,also of USA won the silver medal.



#17 Natalia

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 12:22 PM

Thanks, bingham. A big bouquet of USA jr medalists!

 

Here is a clip of David Zaleev, the Russian lad who won the lone senior solo gold medal (first prize). Hailing from Kazan, he is described as 'The New Nureyev' in the Russian TV clip above.

 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=VokIc073INI

 

Wow! I bet that Ardani and ABT are trying to obtain his services...hmmmm?

 

p.s. In reading Russian boards/fora, it appears that many atendees believe that Zaleev should have won the Grand Prix and not 'just' a gold medal. No G-P awarded this year. Rarely given.



#18 YID

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 01:20 PM

Cheprasshova got a Diploma (like Alexei Popov, whom i like from what i've seen), at least something.

I don't agree on Gold for Askerov and Silver for Skorik.

Alas. I will have to vote with my $$$ by not buying tickets to their perfomances.



#19 Natalia

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 03:07 PM

That stupid matrix is tough to read quickly...so thanks again for pointing out another winner, YID. I feel better for Cheprassova now.

 

I know what you mean about voting with $$$. Alas, I'm afraid that these medals are just the 'amo' that Fateev needs to promote Timur & Oksana to Principals before the next Kennedy Center season, where they'll likely open the run of Swan Lakes. I guess we'll be saving our $$$ together. (I would see her with another guy but I personally don't care for Timur's shortish-muscular line, short neck, etc.)



#20 Jayne

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 03:09 PM

No press release yet but, as you can see from this roster, the prizes have been awarded:

 

http://www.moscowbal....com/en/node/28

 

The 'big news' among Seniors: Skorik wins the Silver. Timur Askerov GOLD...yes, Gold. Draw your own conclusions. smile.png The only other senior golds awarded in the entire competition were to Russians Oksana Bondareva of the Mikhailovsky (in duets) and to David Zaleev (solos). No female solo senior gold was awarded this year. The other Mariinsky competitors managed only a bronze (Ernest Latipov) and 'diploma' (Alexei Popov). Ex-Mariinsky soloist Cheprassova was not so lucky.

 

Juniors:  American/Swiss Miko Fogarty wins jr gold, sharing the top female prize with Ksenia Rychkova and Elvina Ibraimova (both Russians). Two of the dancers representing the USA are among the 4 girls sharing 3rd prize-jr: Beck and Higgins.

I'm drawing away.....

 

I can only imagine Miko Fogarty's mother right now.  



#21 Natalia

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 03:18 PM

....

I can only imagine Miko Fogarty's mother right now.  

 

 

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#22 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 03:34 PM

 I'm afraid that these medals are just the 'amo' that Fateev needs to promote Timur & Oksana to Principals before the next Kennedy Center season,

 

Natasha...Is this the first time this has been predicted...?  innocent.gif



#23 Plisskin

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 03:47 PM

I'm not trying to be mean when I say this, but I have a hard time believing that their weren't better dancers to award Gold and Silver to other than Askerov and Skorik. Especially Skorik. I saw her variations from the competition and other than having nice lines, she has no personality/acting ability on stage, is very stiff, wooden, and seems terrified at times. She also constantly messes up. I cringed when she crumbled and lost her balance in the Grand Pas Classique: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=4sans6XAY3c

 

Maybe they are more impressive live to forgive their short comings...



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 04:01 PM

I think compared to the competition they were deserving of their places. It's not as though they were awarded the Grand Prix! Bondareva put in a couple of lovely performances in Round 1 + 2 but her Round 3 was really quite athletic and lacked artistry. Skorik put in good but not great performances in Round 1 + 2 and her Round 3 was much improved. I enjoy watching Skorik- I can't take my eyes off of her and think she is absolutely beautiful, but she's inherently unstable due to her hyper-flexible structure. She's obviously worked hard on this in recent years but it still troubles her. It would probably improve with the addition of some muscle mass but what dancer carries more than the absolute minimum muscle mass? She does have something special- the video is now gone from Youtube, but in her 2 swans variation in the rehearsal for the 3D telecast she looked much better than Odette- she just needs to come out of her shell on stage. When she's on, she's just gorgeous.

 

I have a newfound appreciation of Timur following this competition. People will whinge that he won gold because he's from a wealthy family and can benefit the Mariinsky, blah blah blah whinge whinge whinge, and so on. But, he was lovely- he looks so happy to be out there- he's super consistent, he puts in clean, precise, solid performances every time and I just love to watch him jump. He covers so much stage. He's a tall guy too, look at the length of those legs in grand jete! He doesn't look as good in partnering as he does in his solos- just lacks a little something that makes you want to watch him, but he was deserving of his place compared to the other males.

 

I can understand die-hard Mariinsky fans having a whinge about this pair. You can clearly see the artistic and stylistic difference between dancers who trained at VBA vs. those who didn't. But this wasn't a Mariinsky competition, and they performed well in each round and obviously performed very well compared to the other couples. Congratulations to them!



#25 Pamela Moberg

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 04:40 PM

Wonderful to see those clips from the competition, I was overjoyed- they do keep the flag flying for classical ballet in Russia. To compare, there was the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) ballet competition the other day and it was totally modern - and very boring. I do think that contestants should do one classical solo and one modern.


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