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Anatoly Iksanov fired?


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#31 Drew

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:26 PM

They all seem to be playing nicely in public and to the press:

 

http://translate.goo....ru/news/553359

 

In the meantime, Vladimir Malakhov agreed that Tsiskaridze's dismissal was the "last straw," said Iksanov was a failure both at reconstructions and new ballets, and commented that he doesn't know Urin, but doesn't think he'll work out:

 

http://translate.goo....ru/news/553351

 

Malahkov was/is one of my very favorite male dancers -- but I'm thinking he (like so many others in this mess) is not exactly disinterested.

 

I can't resist adding that neither of the two reconstructions that I saw during Iksanov's time (Corsaire or Coppelia) remotely seemed to me artistic failures, especially not the Coppelia which I would have described as an unequivocal success. (I don't know how these productions were received in Moscow though. The Coppelia was certainly well-received in London. And of course, I'm just a fan not a professional.)

 

And would not the "new ballets" that Malakhov is criticizing include the Ratmansky premiers?  Including Bright Stream? Color me puzzled--or a person of very different taste than one of my favorite dancers...

 

[edited to add that clarifications about Malakhov translation below make the above comments besides the point: the translation was just mucked up...]



#32 volcanohunter

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:38 PM

They all seem to be playing nicely in public and to the press:
 
http://translate.goo....ru/news/553359
 
In the meantime, Vladimir Malakhov agreed that Tsiskaridze's dismissal was the "last straw," said Iksanov was a failure both at reconstructions and new ballets, and commented that he doesn't know Urin, but doesn't think he'll work out:
 
http://translate.goo....ru/news/553351
 

 

No, no, Google is wrong. Malakhov said that he regarded the building of the new theater and the reconstruction of the old one to be successes. I don't know why the computer got it exactly backward.



#33 Helene

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:41 PM

It seemed really odd in the context of the paragraph.  I also misunderstood that he was talking about only the buildings, not the ballets themselves.



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 05:45 PM

Urin is such an unfortunate name, can't they come up with a better translation?  Like Yourin or Uryn.



#35 volcanohunter

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 06:39 PM

You could try spelling it the French way, Ourine, but that isn't necessarily much better. Or maybe Ooreen, though every linguist would cringe at that transliteration.



#36 Drew

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 07:31 PM

Volcanohunter: Thank you very much for clarifications about translation....



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 09:22 PM

Malahkov was/is one of my very favorite male dancers -- but I'm thinking he (like so many others in this mess) is not exactly disinterested.

 

 

 

Well the Stanik position of CEO is now open....who will get it?   I don't think it's Malahkov's cup of tea, but I do see a pattern here that Tsiskaridze should heed: people are getting hired with past experience in the same type of position.  So if there is a new AD soon, I anticipate it will be a hire of an AD from another regional or municipal company.  Whoever it is - *that hire* will create an AD spot at the regional or municipal level - and Tsiskaridze may fill it.  (Sort of a Tetris pattern of hiring)



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 09:34 PM

Didn't Tsiskaridze already reject the idea of cutting his management teeth in a regional house?



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 10:03 PM

yes, I recall that he did.  But cooler tempers may prevail upon him after the new AD for the Bolshoi is named (assuming that Sergei Filin takes a medical retirement and Galina Stepanenko is not offered the permanent AD position).  



#40 macnellie

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:19 AM

Urin pronounced 'ou Reen ya. At least that is how I heard it on the ru news.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:05 AM

The stressed "U" in the name of the new Director is pronounced as the short "u" in "bull",
and "i" is short, like in "pin".
Therefore, Oorin could be a right transcription.

#42 volcanohunter

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 10:17 AM

What a horrible way for Vladimir Urin to have to begin his tenure.

 

New tragedy for Bolshoi as violinist dies in orchestra fall
http://www.google.co...32f0cc8012b.5f1

 

Apparently the pit floor of the newer theater had been raised to stage level, but a trapdoor was left open and unmarked, leading Sedov to fall about four meters to his death.



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Posted 20 July 2013 - 01:14 PM

"New Bolshoi director’s first big interview"

Ismene Brown Blog

Friday, 19 July 2013

http://www.ismeneb.c..._interview.html



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Posted 20 July 2013 - 01:44 PM

Mr. Urin sounds very impressive, and the word "transparency" in any project is music to my ears.



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 07:51 AM

From an interview with Valery Gergiev published today:

 

- How would you assess the acoustics of the renovated historic building of the Bolshoi Theater?

- When we arrived there, they were always putting up microphones for us. For "Pell
éas et Mélisande" I asked that every last one of them be removed, because to sing Debussy into a microphone is a small crime. They then assured us that without amplification [singing] at the Bolshoi was inaudible. If microphones really are necessary, this is very bad. Perhaps the [technical] services have not had time to sort these things out, haven't checked the acoustics.

http://izvestia.ru/news/554321

 

When the Bolshoi re-opened, this appeared in one of the wire stories:

 

Iksanov, in charge of the Bolshoi since 2000, says his building is now back among the world’s top 10 best acoustic stages, up from 55th position before the main stage reconstruction in 2005.
http://www.bloomberg...lion-refit.html

 

Apart from the matter of whether such an acoustical ranking even exists, the question still remains, was Iksanov lying? Was he speaking from a position of ignorance? Or is Gergiev up to some mischief? Is he still smarting from being denied the position of Grand Czar of All the Russian Opera Houses? Is he trying to deflect some of the criticism directed at Mariinsky-2?




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