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Bavarian Appointed Zelensky as New AD


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#1 mussel

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 10:56 AM

Igor Zelensky has been appointed as artistic director for Bavarian State Ballet in Munich effective 9/1/16: http://www.bayerisch...es_ballett.html

So who will succeed Zelensky at Stanislavsky?

#2 Helene

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 09:46 PM

Will he take Polunin with him?



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Posted 24 May 2016 - 09:50 AM

Dance Europe magazine is reporting that 27 29 dancers will be leaving the Bavarian State Ballet at the end of the season, including principal dancers and soloists Daria Sukhorukova, Ekaterina Petina, Lukas Slavický, Cyril Pierre, Zuzana Zahradníková, Katherina Markowskaja, Léonard Engel, Stephanie Hancox, Ilia Sarkisov, Maxim Chashchegorov, Lucia Lacarra and Marlon Dino. This is a huge turnover, constituting more than a third of the company's roster, including two-thirds of its principal ranks and three-quarters of first soloists. In a significant sense, it won't be the same company once Zelensky takes over.

 

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 11:29 AM

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Official news (with source) only.



#5 Amy

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 01:54 PM

One thing I want to know is how Zelensky feels about reconstructions and I really hope he retains Paquita in the repertoire.



#6 volcanohunter

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 02:14 PM

During the current season's run of Paquita the company's social media feeds made references to "the last" and "the very last" performances of the ballet, which prompted a bit of a panic in response. These formulations turned out to be a result of imperfect English usage, but the company confirmed that the "piece will be paused for the next seasons," so that's part of your answer. Zelensky has programmed Patrice Bart's (not quite) reconstruction of La Bayadère.



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Posted 24 May 2016 - 02:32 PM

During the current season's run of Paquita the company's social media feeds made references to "the last" and "the very last" performances of the ballet, which prompted a bit of a panic in response. These formulations turned out to be a result of imperfect English usage, but the company confirmed that the "piece will be paused for the next seasons," so that's part of your answer. Zelensky has programmed Patrice Bart's (not quite) reconstruction of La Bayadère.

Ah thank you! Yes I panicked a bit at that reference, but I'm glad to hear it was a typo. It would be great if Zelensky commissioned Alexei Ratmansky to stage his Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake reconstructions for the Bavarian State Ballet and new ones in the future if Ratmansky's plan is to reconstruct all the ballets in the Sergeyev Collection.



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Posted 24 May 2016 - 02:41 PM

Dance Europe magazine is reporting that 27 dancers will be leaving the Bavarian State Ballet at the end of the season, including principal dancers and soloists Daria Sukhorukova, Ekaterina Petina, Lukas Slavický, Cyril Pierre, Zuzana Zahradníková, Katherina Markowskaja, Léonard Engel, Stephanie Hancox, Ilia Sarkisov, Maxim Chashchegorov, Lucia Lacarra and Marlon Dino. This is a huge turnover, constituting more than a third of the company's roster, including two-thirds of its principal ranks and three-quarters of first soloists. In a significant sense, it won't be the same company once Zelensky takes over.

 

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That is overwhelming, especially since I saw some of the dancers listed here in Paquita two years ago and they were wonderful. Have they all left by their own choice or has Zelensky terminated their contracts? I'm very happy that he has brought Vladimir Shklyarov and Maria Shirinkina into the company (because it gives me easier access to see them live), but I hope he's not planning to Russian-ise the whole company...



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Posted 24 May 2016 - 03:27 PM

Yes, when Paquita returns, it will be without Ratmansky's first-cast Daria Sukhorukova. Dance Europe isn't saying whether it's the dancers who don't want to work with Zelensky, or whether Zelensky doesn't want to work with these dancers. In the case of Cyril Pierre, who is in his mid-40s, his departure may have been predictable, but many of the others are significantly younger, and a number of them even share Vaganova-school training with Zelensky. In any case, the company will now be without most of the dancers who have been carrying the bulk of the repertoire, which will inevitably leave a big knowledge gap.

 

The company currently performs Neumeier's Illusions - like Swan Lake, which has a more authentic lakeside scene than most, but it remains to be seen whether Zelensky intends to keep the company's Cranko-Neumeier heritage.



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Posted 24 May 2016 - 04:14 PM

Yes, when Paquita returns, it will be without Ratmansky's first-cast Daria Sukhorukova.

 

The company currently performs Neumeier's Illusions - like Swan Lake, which has a more authentic lakeside scene than most, but it remains to be seen whether Zelensky intends to keep the company's Cranko-Neumeier heritage.

Yes, I saw Daria Sukhorukova as Paquita and she was superb. It'll be interesting to see which ballerinas will dance the role when Paquita returns and I hope that Maria Shirinkina will be one of them because I think this version would suit her way better than the Gusev version of the Grand Pas Classique.

 

I can understand why they still have Illusions - like Swan Lake in their repertoire because for one thing, it's a retelling of the story of one of the most famous kings of Bavaria, so it's not just representing the company's Neumeier heritage, but also their state's history.



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Posted 26 May 2016 - 10:51 AM

A press release on the theater site indicates that it's actually 29 dancers who are leaving. (Dance Europe counted incorrectly, and I didn't double check the list either. Oops. :blushing:) And at the end there's a note that adds absolutely no clarity to the situtation:

 

This announcement names the company members who will be leaving the Bayerisches Staatsballett at the end of the season without distinction. It does not specify whether the change for the upcoming season is due to the dancer’s own decision or an initiative of the new director.

 

https://www.staatsop...-farewells.html



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Posted 26 May 2016 - 12:03 PM

Wow, that's a lot of dancers leaving! It'll be interesting to see who else Zelensky is bringing to join the company...



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Posted 04 June 2016 - 07:26 AM

From the Ballet Video forum, volcanohunter has posted an update on the performance of Le Corsaire that will be livestreamed on June 12:  it has moved to the matinee (9am ET/6am PT) and will feature several of the dancers who are leaving the company.  Click here for details.

 

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Posted 04 June 2016 - 08:20 AM

The company has been playing up the departing dancers in recent days and encouraging audiences to come see their favorites one last time.
https://www.staatsop...html?no_cache=1

 

Yesterday there was an album of photos from the Lady of the Camellias featuring Lacarra, Dino, Sukhorukova, Chashchegorov and Markowskaja.

https://www.facebook...154275698029743
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Today it's Sukhorukova and Pierre.
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Posted 07 June 2016 - 09:14 AM

Thanks to naomikage for spotting this news.

 

Irène Lejeune, the biggest private sponsor of the Bavarian State Ballet, has withdrawn her financial backing from the company, stating that she wants "no Russian State Ballet." Her annual cumulative eight-year donation of €1.3 million is significant for a company with a budget of €7.3 million. Apparently Lejeune had spent more than a year trying to arrange a meeting with Zelensky, and when she finally did, he had only bad things to say about the company, which triggered her decision to withdraw her support. The intendant of the opera house tried to persuade her to switch her sponsporship to its orchestra, but she declined since she feels no emotional attachment to it.
http://www.sueddeuts...sorin-1.3021945

 

Lucia Lacarra and Marlon Dino also cited Zelensky's leadership style and lack of communication skills among their reasons for leaving.
https://www.br-klass...schied-100.html
http://www.sueddeuts...egime-1.3017181




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