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Yulia StepanovaWhy is she not a major star?


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#1 tamicute

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 08:14 AM

I just signed onto Ballet Alert because I saw no topic on Yulia Stepanova. Being a ballet fan in my 70s, I was introduced to Ballet Alert by a  friend, just as I was introduced by a friend to the marvelous Youtube videos which introduced me to an amazing young ballerina, Yulia Stepanova.

I had no ballet training, but before my 20th birthday in 1961, a friend invited me to my first ballet performance. It was the Kirov Ballet dancing Swan Lake in their first visit to the USA. I fell in love with ballet immediately and although I have seen many other ballet companies, for me, there is none to compare with the Kirov Ballet, now known as Mariinsky Ballet.

During Soviet times, I visited Leningrad several times and always watched the Kirov Ballet. However, since the fall of communism, i never returned, but have seen many Kirov tours in recent years with my last visits to Costa Mesa and Berkeley for last October's Swan Lake.

I was first introduced to Youtube in 2009 and I cannot remember if it was 2009 or 2010 when my eyes first saw a video of Yulia Stepanova, but I immediately saw a ballerina unlike any my eyes have ever seen. i am not talking about technique because today's dancers excel in technique, but every little movement from her finger tips to the top of her head, had special meaning, even better than all the great ballerinas who I saw at the Kirov Theatre many years ago.

I initially purchased tickets to the California Swan Lakes, hoping to see Yulia Stepanova dance Odette/Odile. Two of the three Swan Queens were vastly inferior to all the Swan Queens I have seen dancing as a Kirov ballerina and the one who i liked, was the lowest regarded of the three, Anastasia Kolegova. My biggest disappointment and a big shock, was that Yulia Stepanova did dance in every performance, but all she did was one of 4 Big Swans and in the Spanish dance, which is not a classical ballerina role.
I am bewildered. Why is Yulia Stepanova not  a big star?

#2 Birdsall

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 01:43 PM

I am bewildered too. The clips on YouTube show an incredible dancer. I believe some clips have been removed. This is someone born to dance Odette/Odile!

I like many of the Principals at the Mariinsky but Stepanova would probably outclass every single one of them if given a chance. She has authority in roles like Lilac Fairy where she signals Carabosse to scram. Technically great but also an incredible actress!

#3 Helene

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 02:39 PM

Welcome to Ballet Alert! tamicute.

#4 tamicute

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 08:50 PM

Welcome to Ballet Alert! tamicute.

Thank you very much.



#5 Renata Rodrigues

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 12:48 PM

The day has come: Yulia will dance Odette-Odile on March 6yahoo.gif



#6 Janneke

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 01:18 PM

Great news! I hope someone in the audience will document and put it up on Youtube... In fact I am sure someone will.



#7 Fraildove

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 03:06 PM

Long long overdue!!! Congratulations Julia! Wish I could be there to see it in person, but I second that someone will post on YouTube.

#8 amiaow

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 08:25 PM

Also Gamzatti on Feb 19th- is this also a debut?



#9 Renata Rodrigues

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 07:59 AM

Also Gamzatti on Feb 19th- is this also a debut?

Yes. 



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 02:23 PM

The first video of her Gamzatti has hit youtube! (first posting, not sure if link will work)

 



#11 Helene

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 04:50 PM

Many thanks for the link!



#12 Drew

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 08:16 PM

My thanks for the link as well.



#13 macnellie

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 12:11 PM

And mine!

#14 hydraulix

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 05:24 PM

I've seen the video where she dances in the corps during the Kingdom of the Shades. I wouldn't say she outclassed the entire corps, but there just was something special about her.



#15 artsong

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 06:50 PM

Her Odette is now on youtube:

 




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