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Yulia StepanovaWhy is she not a major star?


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#61 Birdsall

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 03:38 AM

That reviewer uses very interesting imagery "cat in a dairy." Although I agree with his assessment of her Odile, I think he underestimates her Odette  with "General Pained Expression." Originally I thought her look may have been nervousness when I first saw, but after watching her Act 1 Scene 2 Odette over and over from an underground recording I actually think it was the pain and interpretation I was watching. And when you view her Act 1 Odette and Act 3 Odette it all comes together b/c in Act 3 she is absolutely crushed and worn out but then after Rothbart is defeated, there is relief and radiant joy. So I think her Odette is an interpretation of great power, but I think many people including myself at first think it is nerves, when it is really her interpretation and it is actually pretty precise and not "general pain".....this is my own opinion, of course. 

 

But he is right her Odile is also good, b/c her arms take on a predatory look to me. Her body language totally changes. 



#62 Mathilde K

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 04:31 AM

When reading Jennings one at least understands what he is talking about.

Very telling are the words Jennings uses comparing the scale of the interpretations of Skoryk and Stepanova. Instead of 'grandeur' I would say bolder but simpler, and instead of 'smaller-scale' I would say - vastly more intimate. Unlike Jennings, I saw both dancers many times and have no axe to grind against Skoryk.

Still, I understand Jennings' reservation vis-a-vis Stepanova's rendering of Odette: in London the reciprocity of feelings wasn't sufficiently articulated in the duets of Odette and Siegfried. She was too preoccupied with grief, he was attentive but not particularly loving (unlike on July 6 when the Prince was visibly in love with Odette and she was visibly grateful for his love). That would be the main complaint of mine. It didn't detract from my overall enjoyment due to utmost gracefulness and finesse of Stepanova's movement and poses. I understand, however, the source of Jennings' reservations.



#63 Mashinka

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 06:55 AM

Stepanova danced Helena in yesterday's matinee Midsummer Night's Dream.  Skorik was Titania



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Posted 11 September 2014 - 11:47 AM

Yulia's bio page on the Mariinsky website shows two October performances - a debut as the Mare in Little Humped Back Horse on 10th October, and another performance of Sylvia on 25th October.   While at least the role of Mare is a debut, it is a shame she could not have had a debut as Zarema in the other ballet heavily featured at the beginning of the month - Fountain of Bakhchisaria.  This would be a wonderful  role for her dramatic, expressive qualities and also would show off her jumps, back flexibility and those amazing arms.   I hope so much this season she can have many more principal role debuts, including her most desired role of Giselle.  It seems extraordinary to think that this wonderful dancer has not every classical principal role already in her repertoire,  and that this thread only runs to five pages.  If Yulia's thread had pages equal to her talent, Ballet Alert might spontaneously combust from overload!



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Posted 11 September 2014 - 04:23 PM

Zarema is a great idea. She would be great in that role. I think she would also be great in Legend of Love as Mekhmeneh Bahnu with Oksana Marchuk as Shyrin! 



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Posted 12 September 2014 - 05:04 AM

Yes - I absolutely agree!

 

Yulia Stepanova as Zarema and Oksana Marchuk as Maria

Yulia Stepanova as Mekhmene Banu and Oksana Marchuk as Shyrin

 

Two of my dream castings for Yulia/Oksana!   




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