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#16 Drew

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 07:31 PM

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 08:46 PM

Having heard great things about Stepanova I must admit I found the clip disappointing. The unsteadiness of her free leg was surprising, as was the lack of musicality. She seemed to be going from pose to pose without any inner life, and the iconic steps weren't well articulated. In particular, those final beats on the leg in the White Swan pas de deux were hardly done at all. Her jump also seems very weak. But it is a first-night performance and I can only imagine the nerves. I have no doubt she will grow in this role.



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Posted 07 March 2014 - 10:49 AM

Her Odile. I like it much more. I love the fact that she did the double frappes in the variation:

 



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 10:48 AM

I've now watched the famous Odette duet posted above by artsong perhaps 15 times, initially out of admiration for the portrayal by her partner, Xander Parish, and I've come to appreciate her more and more. I think that she is extremely beautiful here. I almost always focus completely on the ballerina in this duet. For the first time in years my attention is shared with both. I think that they have found a very good balance of mutual support and interaction.



#20 moushka

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 08:08 PM

I just noticed that Yulia will dance Odette/Odile in London on Tuesday, August 5. I would so love to be there! Of course, Skoryk is opening - so disappointing as the critics probably won't see Yulia. At least she's getting some good roles now. Thank you to whoever posted the link to the ROB site as you can click through to see who's dancing when. Also, she's dancing Firebird on August 11th. There's a video of that performance with Ilya Kuznetsov on YT. i'll try to post a link.



#21 Tiara

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 03:14 AM

Having heard great things about Stepanova I must admit I found the clip disappointing. The unsteadiness of her free leg was surprising, as was the lack of musicality. She seemed to be going from pose to pose without any inner life, and the iconic steps weren't well articulated. In particular, those final beats on the leg in the White Swan pas de deux were hardly done at all. Her jump also seems very weak. But it is a first-night performance and I can only imagine the nerves. I have no doubt she will grow in this role.

I was present at this debut, and rate Stepanova's Odette/Odile as the best I have seen.  Her portrayal was truly miraculous - there is no other dancer in Mariinsky who has her expressiveness, her beautiful arms and upper body and the flow of arms.  Her Odette was tender, gentle and feminine, flowing through her movement and her Odile was bewitching and glamorous with particularly fine variation and great fouettes.  It was an unbelievable performance, and she had great applause from the audience and also an unbelievable amount of flowers.  I count myself lucky to have seen what is a historic debut!



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Posted 21 March 2014 - 07:53 PM

I just noticed that Yulia will dance Odette/Odile in London on Tuesday, August 5. I would so love to be there! Of course, Skoryk is opening - so disappointing as the critics probably won't see Yulia. At least she's getting some good roles now. Thank you to whoever posted the link to the ROB site as you can click through to see who's dancing when. Also, she's dancing Firebird on August 11th. There's a video of that performance with Ilya Kuznetsov on YT. i'll try to post a link.

Having seen Stepanova's amazing debut live at the Mariinsky Theatre with a few of my friends, I wanted to see her August 5 London Swan Lake with the dancer, who should have been her partner for her debut, Konstantin Zverev, who convinced me in his debut with Tereshkina, that he is clearly Mariinsky's best Siegfried. However, airfare to London is much more expensive than airfare to Russia, so I cannot afford going via expensive London airfare.

Watching Galina Mochkina's horrible video filming with out of synch audio, is disgraceful. I am so thankful that my own eyes saw the best Odette/Odile that I ever saw and all my friends called Stepanova's Odette/Odile as the very best they ever saw. I first saw a Mariinsky Swan Lake almost 55 years ago and my first Bolshoi Swan Lake over 50 years ago. I have seen , live on stage, all the great Mariinsky and Bolshoi ballerina of past past 50 years and none were at Stepanova's artistic level.

Stepanova's expressions as both Odette and Odile were mesmerizing. There has never been a  more feminine Odette and never a more beautiful Odile, than Stepanova. Her musicality on the live stage is superior to all the Odette/Odile ballerinas I have ever seen and all my friends raved about her magnificence. The beauty of her arms and her flowing movements from all of her body, were breath-taking. Her Odette is everything that Lev Ivanov, Marius Petipa and Konstantin Sergeyev, dreamed of watching. Her Odile was the most bewitching and most glamorous Odile ever.

Considering that it was her debut,  her technical proficiency is mind boggling. Her pirouettes, her fouettes, all her solos, were at such a high level that her high level was bewildering, to go along with her unrivaled artistry. What really stuck out in mind, technically, was her final diagonale in the Odette variation. Remembering that it was her debut, in that final diagonale, she ends every 4 musical notes with a double pirouette, ending on pointe in a  turned out 5th position on pointe. I cannot remember any ballerina finishing her double pirouettes in such a tight 5th position on pointe and her turnout in her 5th position landing is vastly superior to other ballerinas I have seen and one example is Maya Plisetskaya, whose 5th position turnout in that diagonale is vastly inferior. Many consider Viktoria Tereshkina as the best Mariinsky ballerina in executing pirouettes and I was looking at a  recent video of Tereshkina's Odette variation and she only executed one of those four double pirouettes in a tight 5th position and Stepanova's arms are unmatched by an ballerina in that diagonale. I even looked at Lopatkina's commercial DVD which supposedly had several filmings takes, rather than one live moment, and in the video, Lopatkina had 0 out of 4, good 5th positions finishes, and her speed was much slower than Stepanova and doing it slower is much easier to execute those pirouettes.

If anyone is willing to pay my airfare to London for Stepanova's August 5th Swan Lake, I will gladly pay for the Royal Opera House ticket and watch her dance with a  great partner.



#23 Lidewij

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 03:15 AM

Thanks for the heads up! Since my birthday is on August 4th, I think I might treat myself a trip to London.. smile.png

 

I also saw Kondaurova's second performance of Swan Lake back in 2009, will be interesting to compare.



#24 Lidewij

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 10:08 AM

I'm very much hoping (and actually expecting) it will be vastly superior. Kondaurova's Odile was exciting, but Odette was empty.

Now I only hope that casting won't be changed. I would accept (but still be disappointed) to see Somova, Kolegova or Lopatkina; I just would't want to make the trip (and spend the €€) to London for you-know-who.



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 06:55 PM

I would so love to see Stepanova live in London! I thought that, in addition to her strong technique (esp. her arms/upper body), her acting was fabulous, although I only saw the videos on YT. She makes every step seem fresh and exciting. Her musicality is exceptional. It must have been a great pleasure for Ilya to dance with her at her O/O debut after so many years of waiting. I hope Yulia will be given many more opportunities to dance O/O.



#26 moushka

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 03:22 PM

Since it is now only a month until Stepanova's London Odette/Odile, is anyone able to attend and report back?



#27 Lidewij

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 03:49 AM

I bought a ticket for the August 5th performance, now we only have to hope casting will not change. Unfortunately the past tells us that casting in the Russian companies is unsure until the curtain goes up..



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Posted 06 July 2014 - 12:29 PM

I just posted a review of her second Swan Lake under the 2014 White Nights thread. I think you will be happy you purchased tickets for her.

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 12:30 PM

I just posted a review of her second Swan Lake under the 2014 White Nights thread. I think you will be happy you purchased tickets for her.

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 12:32 PM

Sorry about duplicate posting! Using phone to post (only computer I have with me), and bad internet connection!


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