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Vaganova Academy Graduation Concerts 2013


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#1 Natalia

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 05:25 AM

News? I've heard very little, except that this year's edition features yet another Nacho Duato work, Na Floresta, as well as Gayane Suite and the usual Divertissements. No 19th-C classical scene, as in most years past? Not to take away from certain fine graduates but the general feeling has been that the Class of 2013 is not at the high level seen during the last couple of years. Still, Fateev needs many new corps de ballet members, so I'm guessing that Zaklinskaya, Ivanova-Skoblikova and a few others may make it into the MT company.

 

The much-touted Zhiganshina doesn't graduate for another year (or two). They're making us suffer year and year, as they did with Olga Smirnova and Kristina Shapran, who were the belles of the graduation concerts for many years before they actually graduated in 2011.



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 12:10 PM

Here's a peek at Zhiganisha:

 



#3 Natalia

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 12:35 PM

Thanks, canbelto. That's Lacotte's Le Papillon pdd, performed last month during a special concert at the Hermitage Theater, featuring non-graduating students. I believe that Zhiganshina will dance only in the final concert of the graduation classes, on the 22nd.



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 12:38 PM

Thanks, canbelto. That's Lacotte's Le Papillon pdd, performed last month during a special concert at the Hermitage Theater, featuring non-graduating students. I believe that Zhiganshina will dance only in the final concert of the graduation classes, on the 22nd.

Zhiganshina graduates next year, along with the equally talented Svetlana Strebko, and she dances Le Papillon pdd at the 22nd June Vaganova graduation performance.



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:47 PM

Thanks, canbelto. That's Lacotte's Le Papillon pdd, performed last month during a special concert at the Hermitage Theater, featuring non-graduating students. I believe that Zhiganshina will dance only in the final concert of the graduation classes, on the 22nd.

plus she is dancing on August 4 Mariinsky Swan Lake in pas de trois with Ivannikova and Zyuzin.



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 07:34 AM

As a brief update, I attended the first two graduation performances and will attend the last one tomorrow. Initially there was a fourth planned for Sunday the 23rd but that has been cancelled.
Surprisingly, Zaklinskaya is not quite following in her mothers' footsteps in terms of classical ballet. She was featured only in a character role in Gayane, and the soft-slippered Scheherezade pas de deux. No pointe work. It is clear she is character material...should she choose to have a performing career.



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 05:23 PM

As a brief update, I attended the first two graduation performances and will attend the last one tomorrow. Initially there was a fourth planned for Sunday the 23rd but that has been cancelled.
Surprisingly, Zaklinskaya is not quite following in her mothers' footsteps in terms of classical ballet. She was featured only in a character role in Gayane, and the soft-slippered Scheherezade pas de deux. No pointe work. It is clear she is character material...should she choose to have a performing career.

 

Thank you for the update. Whatever a young woman's abilities, I can easily understand why a daughter might not want to follow exactly in the footsteps of such a very accomplished and celebrated Mom-probably easier to make one's mark following at least a somewhat different path. (Though of course we don't know what's going to happen in future...)



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 03:23 PM

 

plus she is dancing on August 4 Mariinsky Swan Lake in pas de trois with Ivannikova and Zyuzin.

 

Is this correct - a yet-to-graduate Vaganova student will dance the pas de trois with the Mariinsky?  She seems like a very nice girl who actually responds in person to comments on the (many) videos her dad posts.  I hope she goes on to have a glittering career.



#9 Natalia

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 06:43 AM

A bit more news:

 

According to the following Russian news article (from Kutura TV web), 14 of this year's 27 Vaganova Academy (ARB) graduates will be taken into the company. Some of the standout graduates who will enter the company include Anastasia Zaklinskaya, who danced Scheherazade pdd in the recent concerts with Roman Belyakov; Sofia Ivanova-Skoblikova and Andrei Arsenyev (both danced a great 'Carnival in Venice pdd' at the first concert; we see him above with 2014 class member Zhiganshina); and -- hold onto your socks when you read this name -- one Yuri Baryshnikov! So a 'Baryshnikov' will soon be 'back' on the roster of the Kirov/Mariinsky.

Article: http://tvkultura.ru/...rticle_id/94265

 

Link to video clip....for a small look at Zaklinskaya in Scheherazade, go to the 1:50 mark:

http://tvkultura.ru/...rticle_id/94313

 

p.s. The above article also quotes Gergiev about the need to hire unprecedented number of dancers because of the new Mariinsky II. In addition to the 14 from this year's Vaganova class, new corps members have been hired from the 2013 classes of the ballet academies in Perm, Novossibirsk and Kiev, but exact numbers and names not cited.



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 12:55 PM

A bit more news:

 

 

 

p.s. The above article also quotes Gergiev about the need to hire unprecedented number of dancers because of the new Mariinsky II. In addition to the 14 from this year's Vaganova class, new corps members have been hired from the 2013 classes of the ballet academies in Perm, Novossibirsk and Kiev, but exact numbers and names not cited.

 

I hope they don't destroy their treasure in the rush to augment it.   It would be genuinely tragic--a crime against art. That's comically high-minded and melodramatic language I know...But, under the current Mariinsky leadership, I have come to believe the stakes are that high. And I feel it all the more strongly having seen the company at last (as many readers of this forum had done long ago and much more often) at their home theater.

 

One tour guide in St. Petersburg claimed locals had a saying about Nevsky Prospect--the historic avenue that cuts through the city:  70 years of communism and not a single building was destroyed on Nevsky; a decade of capitalism, 6 buildings have been destroyed on Nevsky.  It is possible to destroy one's own traditions--or dilute them to the point of destruction.

 

P.S. The above should not be construed as a defense of the Gulag...just saying I hope the Mariinsky can absorb what's coming, modernize where it must, and remain itself. And that what happens there still matters to ballet.



#11 Lidewij

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 01:27 PM

Some videos of this year's performances have popped up. Here's Anastasia Zaklinskaya in Sheherazade:

 

More videos are on this channel, including the performance by Ksenia Zhiganshina and the 'Venice Carnival' pdd mentioned by Natalia.



#12 Natalia

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 02:02 PM

Thank you, Lidewij! Here is a link to a list of all postings by videographer "Leo PETIT."  Even the entire GAYANE SUITE is there, in 4-5 segments. Hopefully the ALBINONI ADAGIO with Baryshnikov will appear soon.

 

http://www.youtube.c...A?feature=watch



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 07:56 PM


Zhiganshina graduates next year, along with the equally talented Svetlana Strebko, and she dances Le Papillon pdd at the 22nd June Vaganova graduation performance.

 

 

Are they in the same class? I don't recall seeing Strebko in any of the class videos with Zhiganshina.

 

I'm somewhat confused about what the graduating class consists of.

My understanding is that at Vaganova you can leave after 7 years or 9 years.

Are these both considered the graduating class or just the latter?



#14 Lidewij

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 02:27 AM

There's a video of Strebko in her 7th year; at that time at least they were in a different class, I don't know if that is still the case.

Part 1 and part 2

(She's the blonde girl in front with the pretty feet)

 

Was Strebko featured in any of the performances?



#15 Natalia

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:21 AM

I haven't heard yet about Strebko's participation in this year's concerts but here are two other YouTubes showing her talents. First, a 2011 'Valse Bluette pdd' at the Hermitage Theater:

 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=W7yAS0CbLPc

 

Then Nutcracker pdd with MT pro Alexei Popov, at a recent competition in Moscow (2013):

 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=HLys2P1NZgk

 

IMO, she is even lovelier (neater) than classmate Zhiganshina, even though the latter bested her at that competition in March.




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