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Tsis­karidze & Lopatk­ina at the Vag­an­ova Bal­let Academy


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#196 canbelto

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 05:33 PM

I don't see why walking down the hallway in ballet shoes is banned. I'd imagine that it's convenient for students to run from class to class in ballet shoes. 



#197 volcanohunter

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 06:05 PM

I don't think it's an entirely off-the-wall idea. It would help keep the shoes cleaner and in good working order for longer. For all we know slipping on a pair of booties over top may be sufficient to satisfy the rule.



#198 Amy Reusch

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 06:33 PM

It probably tracks dirt in to the studios and wrecks the floors. I don't know what they put on the sidewalks in Russia, but here a mixture of salt and sand would come in on the boots and then be tracked from the hallways into the studios via the ballet slippers... Such a rule does not seem odd.

#199 canbelto

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 02:13 PM

I just don't really like the tone of the article which seemed to imply that under Dorofeeva and Asylmuratova, kids were allowed to run wild and skip classes and now Tsiskaridze is putting the discipline back in the school. I doubt this was the case. What I do believe is that Asylmuratova was maybe more "student centered" in her approach. I don't see anything wrong with telling the kids it's okay to go home if they're very tired after a long rehearsal or performance or occasionally ignoring the shoes rule. Kids are kids.



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Posted 15 January 2014 - 02:52 PM

I agree with you Canbelto. However, I'm not surprised by the tone of this short article; it has the slight whiff of

misogyny lingering in it as well.  I was expecting some kind of progress report.  His P.R. machine never stops. 



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 04:59 AM

The hallways in Vaganova Academy are highly waxed wooden floors although I have noticed in photos that they have now laid some area rugs. Wax gets on the ballet slippers, pointe shoes and street shoes making the new marley/limoleum floors and wooden floors (if there are any left) very, very slippery.  It can be quite dangerous. Marley/linoleum floors and street shoes are not made for one another when it comes to dance. When I was in Vaganova Academy, almost 20 years ago, Belsky/Nadirov/Dorofeeva were at the helm, as is the Russian custom, one wore different shoes inside than outside. One carried a pair of slippers for inside wear. In the case of the students, they wore slippers as well in the hallways. This is only an old/new rule. All dancers must learn that wax and ballet slipper or pointe shoes are not a good combination.

 

It is good to read that the students are required to go to their academic classes now, as this was not the case in my two years studying in the school. While I am not a support of Mr. Tsiskaridze overall for Vaganova Academy, these changes have their merit.



#202 Helene

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 04:28 PM

Ismene Brown has published a translation of a transcript of a very long interview with Tsiskaridze on his new job and other subjects:

 

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



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Posted 22 November 2014 - 05:56 PM

I am reviving this thread because Ismene Brown translated an article on Nov.20 regarding the permanent position of Rector at the Vaganova Academy:

 

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

 

 

...the Minister of Culture recommended that Russia's top ballet school redefine qualifications for the Rector so as to exclude many academic degrees but to let in a jurisprudence one - which handily Tsiskaridze had just taken a masters in Moscow.  



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Posted 22 November 2014 - 06:10 PM

Thanks for posting this:  I must have missed a tweet.



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Posted 22 November 2014 - 06:13 PM

A JD?  To run the Vaganova Academy?

 

Life does tend to teach you things when you're ready to learn them, whatever the situation, but somehow this seems like a stretch to me.



#206 Helene

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 06:18 PM

It's writing a job description to retroactively justify the choice or writing one fro which only the person you want to hire qualifies.



#207 Jayne

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 08:09 PM

Sounds like they took a page out of the Infosys HR manual on hiring.  I do like the 5 year contracts for teachers, so I'll give Mr. Tsiskaridze positive credit for that.  I hope he's happy to stay at the Vagonova Academy for a while, maybe he will mellow a bit.  I think his only chance at the Mariinsky would be if Gergiev gives up his position.  I doubt two big personalities would work at the Mariinsky, which is why Yuri Fateyev has kept his position.  



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Posted 06 January 2015 - 06:52 PM

'The rector of the ballet academy must be a lawyer' - that seems to imply that the Vaganova will be fighting in the courts for some time. ;)

But I agree that the job description was simply re-written to describe Mr. Tsiskaridze as closely as possible.



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Posted 07 January 2015 - 08:10 PM

Sounds like they took a page out of the Infosys HR manual on hiring.  I do like the 5 year contracts for teachers, so I'll give Mr. Tsiskaridze positive credit for that.  I hope he's happy to stay at the Vagonova Academy for a while, maybe he will mellow a bit.  I think his only chance at the Mariinsky would be if Gergiev gives up his position.  I doubt two big personalities would work at the Mariinsky, which is why Yuri Fateyev has kept his position.


I could be wrong, but if they butt heads I peg Gergiev as the winner. Gergiev is a famous international conductor. He regularly conducts at the Met and has an appointment in London (and too many others to name). Tsiskaridze is known mainly in Russia and to international balletomanes. I know he is a schemer but not very subtle. I think Gergiev even more shrewd, politically connected and practically untouchable. Yet Gergiev thinks little of ballet so it's not as though his presence is enhancing either the Vaganova or the MT. I think it's more likely that Filin will be replaced (there has already been a rumor someone was offered the Bolshoi AD job), maybe by Tsiskaridze. All I know is I bet Ratmansky is very glad he isn't in Russia now.

#210 Helene

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Posted 07 January 2015 - 08:29 PM

Urin attempted to squash the rumor by addressing it directly, a rarity there, but he did say he'd give Filin notice a year before his contract is up (2016) about whether it would be renewed.




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