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Stanislavsky Theater - Week of June 16 - Sergei Polunin

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I went to see Sergei Polunin at the Stanislavsky twice last week, once as Basil in Don Quixote and once as the Prince in Swan Lake. It was my first time seeing him. He was absolutely spectacular, especially in Swan Lake, although he and Natalia Somova are not good partners for each other. I really liked the Stanislavsky's narrative take on Swan Lake, especially in the third act. Rothbart enters earlier than normal in the act, and the national dances are part of his attempt to trick the Prince into declaring his love for Odile. At various places in the national dances, Odile takes the place of the leading woman and then just as suddenly disappears - it helps explain why Siegfried is so distracted and makes such a terrible mistake, and it also helps ramp up the tension during the act. The orchestra was powerful and lyrical as ever, and the costuming was a little hokey. Kultura was there filming it, so presumably it should make its way to youtube at some point, though I can't yet find it. I have a full review of the two performances on my blog, here: http://itinerantballetomane.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/sergei-polunin-at-stanislavsky-theater.html

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Thanks for the heads-up on the use of Rothbart in this production -- Deborah Jowitt talks about the dramatic development in the pas de deux in her essay on Dance Theater of Harlem at Jacob's Pillow. We just had a run of Swan Lake here in Seattle with Pacific Northwest Ballet, as well as seeing the duet in excerpted form, so we've had several chances to think about how it works in situ and alone.

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I was just looking at the Stanislavsky's schedule and I see that they performed The Little Mermaid, which impressed me - I didn't think any of the Russian companies had attempted this work, or much Neumeier in general.

Did Dmitry Zagrebin happen to dance in either of the productions that you saw?

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Zagrebin was the Jester when I saw Swan Lake. He was good at all the jumps and spins, but it's hard to get a sense of a dancer's other abilities from that part.

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Zagrebin was the Jester when I saw Swan Lake. He was good at all the jumps and spins, but it's hard to get a sense of a dancer's other abilities from that part.

Agreed. Thanks for the report, Swanilda.

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Zagrebin was the Jester when I saw Swan Lake. He was good at all the jumps and spins, but it's hard to get a sense of a dancer's other abilities from that part.

Zagrebin won senior gold medal in the 2009 International Moscow Ballet Competition, so his technique must be strong.

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