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2014 International Ballet Festival

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#16 Buddy


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 03:50 AM

I was very gratefully able to see almost every performance this year.
Some Personal Highlights
Some year’s there is a Festival performance that I consider among the best that I’ve ever seen. These have included Ulyana Lopatkina’s Swan Lake and both Alina Cojocaru and Svetlana Zakharova’s Giselle. Other performances perhaps of this level were Viktoria Tereshkina, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Gillian Murphy and Olga Esina's Swan Lake, all of Alina Cojocaru's other four full length classics and Yekaterina Kondaurova’s performance of all the leads in George Balanchine’s Jewels trilogy last year.  
This year there were Two unqualified ‘Greatest Performances’ — 
Alina Somova’s ’The Swan’ (Fokine) 
Diana Vishneva’s Woman In A Room (Carlson)
Alina Somova
’The Swan’ (Fokine) —  Subtly and Remarkably Original. Flawlessly Presented and Compellingly Poetic.
La Bayadere — Beautifully performed and consistently fine throughout. The best I’ve seen her do until her ’Swan’ several days later.
She also did very well the second night in Sylvia, with a total of two full length works and one shorter one, making her perhaps the star artist this year. Last year Yekaterina Kondaurova seemed to be performing almost every night, to the extent that I was calling the Festival (to myself) The Yekaterina Kondaurova International Ballet Festival.
Diana Vishneva
Woman In A Room (Carlson) —  Probably the finest ‘modern’ dance performance that I’ve ever seen. Her use of everything from standing still to the finest of ballet motion could make it a model for the expanding of lyrically beautiful dance into the entire range of theatrical expression.
Oxana Skorik
Swan Lake — The best that I’ve seen her do. Magnificent !
Anastasia Kolegova
Swan Lake — Precious and Charming ! A pure delight of a performance !
Hee Seo
Giselle — Poetically beautiful in her presentation and technically fine and highly enjoyable in her dancing.  
Veronika Part
Seven Sonatas (Ratmansky) — Once again she created her own world of beautiful dance and compelling enchantment as only she can do. She’s among my several favorite ballerinas in the world today and one of its greatest. It was wonderful to finally see her here and I hope that it will happen again often. 
Viktoria Tereshkina
Sylvia (Ashton) — Wonderfully crafted with the fineness of each nuance.
Kimin Kim
La Bayadere, Infra (McGregor) and Concerto DSCH (Ratmanksy) — He can switch from classical to modern with ease and equal proficiency. He’s a one of a kind artistic phenomenon of the highest order ! 
Xander Parish
Sylvia (Ashton) — He is Shakespearian in his presence and masculinely elegant in his motion.
Alexander Sergeyev
Symphony in C (Balanchine) — A finely crafted dancer with a subtle essence of nobility.
There are, of course, so many more outstanding artists and performances that deserve mention.
Once again, this was one of the finest overall Mariinsky Festivals that I’ve seen in ten years.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 05:53 AM

I wish The Mariinsky would bring Sleeping Beauty to the USA.

I'm pretty sure the Mariinsky brought Sleeping Beauty to the Kennedy Center a few years ago.  I have a definite recollection of seeing it there with Vishneva as Aurora and Kondaurova as Lilac.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 02:42 PM

I wish The Mariinsky would bring Sleeping Beauty to the USA.

 If you can, save up and go to St. Petersburg. There is absolutely nothing like seeing Sleeping Beauty in the Mariinsky Theatre (gorgeous theatre). When the fairies came out in the prologue to that music it practically brought tears to my eyes! Somehow the setting of the Mariinsky Theatre makes the experience even better like you've entered a fantasy world. However, it seems like they are only playing it at the Mariinsky 2 Theatre which is modern, so if they do not move it back to the historic theatre I guess seeing it in the U.S. is just as good. 

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