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#91 lafemme

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 11:04 AM

 

Don Quixote is one of Osipova"s greatest roles, the one that made her famous. To my regret I still have not seen her dance it. Some fans preferred her in the role when she was new to it, but from all accounts she always dances it with ultra showy brilliance and if you enjoy that kind of dancing (I usually do) you will have a great time. I cannot say whether she will show for Giselle, but personally I am doubtful. She is (in my judgment) a great Giselle certainly.

 

Thank you! Yes, I agree, and that is part of why I want to see Osipova in Don Q (I prefer other dancers to Svetlana Zakharova, but chose to see her in Swan Lake- even that overstuffed version- because I think it's a bit of a signature role for her). I'd like to see celebrated dancers is classic roles to lay the groundwork before I start seeing more comtemporary pieces with newer dancers. An exception- my dream was to see Vishneva in Manon, but I was in DC and traveling during the Met season, regretfully. Next year!



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 11:12 AM

Please also note that the Royal Ballet is bringing Acosta's Don Q to the Kennedy Center June 9-14, 2015. Although casting has not been announced, she is doing several performances of that version in London this winter, partnered by Matthew Golding:
http://www.roh.org.u...y-carlos-acosta

Here's the Kennedy Center link: http://www.kennedy-c...ts/?event=BPBSH

Nothing announced yet for the NYC engagement later that month.

She said in interviews a few years ago that she did not want to be known only for this role, but she has done a very diversified rep since then, so she doesn't seem to be avoiding it now.

I first saw her in the Bolshoi's Don Q in February 2010 at Segerstrom (Orange County Performing Arts Center). Wow! I came away thinking: I have to see this dancer again and did a few months later when she performed with ABT at the 2010 Met season.

My guess on Mikhailovsky this November in NYC: she'll cancel the Giselles and perform with Royal (her current home), but show up for the second week.

Again, thank you so much for your guidence (I am looking to all of you as my Virgils). I saw the Kennedy Center link, as I live in DC), and assumed it would be her starring in Don Q next year, but there are no promises, and I must admit I am eager to see a ballet in the drought of Nov, as there will be plenty of dance going on next June. And yes, I am a fan of showy dancing when appropriate, and I certainly think it works for Kitri (I would have loved to see Sylvie Guillam in the role- I see she is a bit of a controversial figure here, but I am in awe of her as an artist and performer).



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Posted 26 July 2014 - 08:16 AM

Osipova I have always given her the benefit of the doubt (even in debate on this message board). But I confess that a double booking problem with the Mikhailovsky does rather set me off...given past issues with the cancelled Mikhailovsky tour and how little New York now sees her.  I realize stoicism is the more dignified attitude.

 

This cracked me up! (Though I also feel the pain....)

 

According to Laura Capelle, a Paris based journalist, both Bondareva and Shapran have joined the Mariinsky. 

 

I've been keeping an eye on the Mikhailovsky's September calendar because I will be in St. Petersburg then. Either late yesterday or early today, they posted casting for the second half of September. Interestingly, they list Bondereva for one of the Don Qs that I have a ticket to. Now I wonder if she will really perform. Maybe she had a contractual obligation to continue to appear for certain additional performances? I hope it's not a mistake. I am curious to see her.



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Posted 27 July 2014 - 02:15 AM

Oops... I see that Bondareva is listed as a Mikhailovsky guest for that performance. So that explains it.



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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:42 AM

NB:  Osipova has changed her dates for her November MONTH IN THE COUNTRY performances with the Royal Ballet and will be performing on 5th November rather than 12th November (when that role will be danced by Yanowsky).  Consequently, she will, I assume, be entirely free to dance the Giselles with that dancer's dancer Leonid Sarafanov in New York.  



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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:50 AM

NB:  Osipova has changed her dates for her November MONTH IN THE COUNTRY performances with the Royal Ballet and will be performing on 5th November rather than 12th November (when that role will be danced by Yanowsky).  Consequently, she will, I assume, be entirely free to dance the Giselles with that dancer's dancer Leonid Sarafanov in New York.


Wow - great news. Thank you! And thanks to the Royal Ballet for helping out. I wouldn't want to be a Royal ticket holder who bought a ticket for the 12th, thinking she was dancing.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 09:54 AM

Ditto to "wow great news". Hoping my tix to Nov 13 and 14 in NYC will get the casting I want, after all. Thanks for the info, meunier fan.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 10:37 PM

NB:  Osipova has changed her dates for her November MONTH IN THE COUNTRY performances with the Royal Ballet and will be performing on 5th November rather than 12th November (when that role will be danced by Yanowsky).  Consequently, she will, I assume, be entirely free to dance the Giselles with that dancer's dancer Leonid Sarafanov in New York.  

Thank you for posting. I would be a hypocrite not to feel for Royal Ballet goers who bought tickets planning to see her in A Month in the Country, but I, too, am just delighted by this news...(No guarantees of course for any performance, but at least now I'm not only scheduled to see her with Sarafanov in Giselle, but I don't feel like a chump.)



#99 lafemme

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 07:11 PM

I have been busy and have only just gotten around to buying my Don Q tickets and there aren't many great seats left- since I have never seen Don Q, I am not sure which seat would be best. I have decided not to go to the first ring because I do not want to look down at all of the strong leaps, so I am looking at Orchestra seats dead center rather far back (rows O-P) or seats to the right a bit closer to the stage (F-H). I am quite short at 5'3 and found being off center advantageous for Giselle but less so for Swan Lake, so I beginning to understand how ideal seating depends on the performance and the individual. I am also open to the first ring. Any advice is very much appreciated (and next time, I won't take my time!). Thank you all! 



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Posted 04 August 2014 - 11:55 AM

I have been busy and have only just gotten around to buying my Don Q tickets and there aren't many great seats left- since I have never seen Don Q, I am not sure which seat would be best. I have decided not to go to the first ring because I do not want to look down at all of the strong leaps, so I am looking at Orchestra seats dead center rather far back (rows O-P) or seats to the right a bit closer to the stage (F-H). I am quite short at 5'3 and found being off center advantageous for Giselle but less so for Swan Lake, so I beginning to understand how ideal seating depends on the performance and the individual. I am also open to the first ring. Any advice is very much appreciated (and next time, I won't take my time!). Thank you all! 

You have probably bought your tickets by now. I was not quite sure how to answer since you say you have decided not to go to first ring, but then at end of post say you are open to first ring. I enjoy orchestra seats more than upstairs seats myself, but am more or less the same height as you and I have given up on the orchestra in most theaters. I almost always sit in First Ring in Koch theater and like it very much: you are not that far away by any means, though I sometimes bring opera glasses to study details (facial expressions, costumes etc.) more carefully.

 

Unfortunately I don't remember exactly where banking of seats begins in the orchestra. I used to sit in row L and found those seats spectacular, so I think O-P would not be too bad if they are still left. I realize you may already have decided and made your purchase!  Fortunately, it sounds as if all of your choices are still good ones.



#101 lafemme

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 02:25 PM

Thank you, Drew! Actually, I have not yet purchased. As the Kennedy Center is my home theater, and I have only been to Koch Theater a few times for ballet, I was hoping for some suggestions, considering possibilities, and watching the seats like a hawk! Seating won't be a huge deal for me when I see certain performances but for Don Quixote with two of my favorite dancers who aren't always stateside, I want to do it right! I think first ring is generally best for me, but I imagined that in a ballet as athletic as Don Quixote, I would better appreciate the elevation of all those leaps from orchestra (they seemed mitigated when I looked down from above last time I was there). However, if someone advised it, I wasn't completely adverse to the possibility! Yes, I am lucky that several good seats remain available- the straight back O-P and the row G down the middle of the right side remain, and I shall choose today! I'm not so particular about seating upcoming shows by NYCB and ABT, but Osipova is my dream Kitri (after Sylvie Guillem, of course, who I know is rather controversial around these parts and whom for I have, alas, arrived too late). Thank you again.




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