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#31 Tiara

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 02:55 AM

I hope ABT would swoop in and hire Asylmuratova & Zaklinksy as ballet master/mistress and to run JKO.

I don't.  What is happening to them is a complete disgrace and they deserve major appointments in Russia if anywhere.  They should be staying where they are at Vaganova, where they have both done outstanding jobs, regardless of the disgraceful attempts to blacken Altynai's reputation  This should not be happening at all.  More evidence of the complete corruption and political intrigue surrounding Russian ballet.  



#32 Natalia

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 05:24 AM

I hope ABT would swoop in and hire Asylmuratova & Zaklinksy as ballet master/mistress and to run JKO.

 

I was thinking the same thing. Some lucky ballet company and/or academy will nab them. They have nothing about which to worry, financially. Yet, I'm sure that they would love to stay in StP and see their daughter performing on the stage of the Mariinsky. The question is:  Would they leave home?



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 07:33 AM

Yet, I'm sure that they would love to stay in StP and see their daughter performing on the stage of the Mariinsky. The question is:  Would they leave home?

Or they can take her with them



#34 PetitDi

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 08:21 AM

Diana Vishneva says: "I am painfully aware that this change in leadership of our legendary school could be a bargaining chip in someone's political game, and does not have any relation to the good of the Academy." adding, "I'd like to believe that this is not the end of a great school." Brava!!! Courage to speak her mind!

 

 http://www.gramilano...ganova-academy/



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 09:19 AM

Do you think Vishneva is referring to Tsis­karidze only, Lopatkina only or to both of them.  I thought she was friendly w. Lopatkina.



#36 Tiara

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 09:41 AM

Their daughter Nastya is not a pet dog, but a 20 year old woman with thoughts, feelings and a career of her own, and who worked hard for 9 years at Vaganova to get into Mariinsky Theatre ... 


 

 
 



#37 Helene

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 09:53 AM

Vishneva posted the full statement in English to her public Facebook Page:
 

Here is my statement in reference of recent changes at Vaganova Ballet Academy:
"The Vaganova Academy means a lot for the world of ballet and for me personally. It is hugely disappointing that the leadership change may have been used as a bargaining chip for the dealings that had nothing to do with the school itself.

I am equally outraged with the lack of grace this change was carried out. This sentiment is being shared by all those who treasure the ballet tradition of the school, those who teach there and those who represent the school on stage and spread the love of ballet that was engrained in them by the school.

There were neither compelling reasons for the change in school's leadership nor there was a dialogue with the ballet professionals of St Petersburg. Simply put and at a very minimum, one has to have suitable academic credentials to become the Dean of the Vaganovsk Academy. And above all, leading the school involves dealing with the fragility of children and its leader has to be morally irreproachable.
I would so much like to believe that this is not the end of the great school."

 

What is happening to them is a complete disgrace and they deserve major appointments in Russia if anywhere.  They should be staying where they are at Vaganova, where they have both done outstanding jobs, regardless of the disgraceful attempts to blacken Altynai's reputation  This should not be happening at all.

But it is, and it is entirely up to Tsiskaridze whether to allow them to stay at all.  If he does allow them to stay, they might not like what he offers. 
 

Their daughter Nastya is not a pet dog, but a 20 year old woman with thoughts, feelings and a career of her own, and who worked hard for 9 years at Vaganova to get into Mariinsky Theatre ...

Whether it is still comfortable for her there after what happened to her parents is questionable.  She may want to join them somewhere else, or she may want to stay.  Other dancers who worked hard for 9 years at Vaganova to get into the Mariinsky Ballet have left, and other dancers who worked hard for 9 years at Vaganova to get into the Mariinsky Ballet thought better of it and never joined.
 
If the school in Moscow has really deteriorated, perhaps Moscow would snap them up. Considering how many Mariinsky trained dancers are joining the Bolshoi, they could cut out the middleman and give them the same excellent training as students.

#38 Cygnet

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:16 AM

At this point, Diana like (slightly off%20topic.gif- Anna Netrebko), can pretty much speak her mind without fear of V.G. sanction, or that of his Praetorian Guard in The M.B.  Uliana could choose to do so also, but within limits.  Reason being, even though the Mariinsky is her HQ, Diana isn't really considered an "in-house" Prima like Uliana is.  Gergiev lauds and fetes them both, but Uliana has Gergiev's ear.  Diana's situation is slightly nuanced because she has long since gone global.  Whereas Uliana has always preferred to stay close to home and has rarely ventured out on her own beyond The M.T.   



#39 Helene

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:21 AM

Vishneva also weighed in on Tsiskaridze, according to this article in "The Telegraph":

 

http://www.telegraph...et-Academy.html

 

"The rector of the Vaganova Academy needs to be a person who has the necessary education for this. It should not be forgotten that this is a school – for children – and its leader should be morally irreproachable." 

 



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 12:08 PM

[Admin beanie on]

 

Unless there is an official, reputable source for any interpretations of Vishneva's comment, do not discuss it here.

 

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#41 abatt

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 12:10 PM

How can there be an "official interpretation" of a sentence contained in a newspaper article?  The interpretation is offered by the readers of the comments made by Vishneva.



#42 Helene

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 12:14 PM

Unless you have an official source that links to the behavior for your conjecture, do not post that conjecture.



#43 Natalia

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 02:32 PM

Yahoo News article on Vishneva's rage. Also, Ilya Kuznetsov is ready to quit. Quotes included:

 

http://news.yahoo.co...-164552389.html



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 08:00 PM

Am I the only one who thinks that maybe Tsiskaridze and Lopatkina are potentially incompatible as co-leaders?  I mean Lopatkina sees herself as the High Priestess of the Kirov/Mariinsky tradition and Tsiskaridze is very much from a different tradition.  Also, both are very strong-willed stars with very different personal styles.  Lopatkina is very focused, expresses herself carefully, is self-contained, deeply religious and in most respects, to the external view, quite conservative.  Tsiskaridze is flamboyant, outspoken, aggressive, individualistic and not always truthful or direct.  This is a bad combination in my eyes.  Give them a few months together - no a few weeks - and the fur will fly.



#45 Helene

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 09:53 PM

I think there are personality-related reason why the two might clash, but they're not co-leaders:  as rector, he'd be her boss. 

 

From an artistic point of view, Tsiskaridze's teacher, Semyonova, studied directly with Vaganova.  The NYT obituary for Semyonova said,

Ms. Semyonova is often credited with pushing the classical ballet tradition in Russia into the modern age. Technically virtuosic and majestically expressive, she brought new dynamism to the performance of canonical roles and changed the way classics were danced, showing it was possible to dance 19th-century ballet in the modern world.

 

 

From Catherine Pawlick's book on Vaganova, Vaganova did the same as a teacher and director.  If there's a difference in tradition, it's the difference between evolution and stasis.

 

Tsiskaridze has made a point of espousing his religion.  I'm not sure whether he is devout or culturally affiliated with Russian Orthodoxy, but he used it in his published attacks on Iksanov.

 

They both have very negative opinions of historical reconstructions and are loyal to the versions of the ballets on which they were raised.




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