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Summer 2014 NYC & Saratoga Tour


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#31 annamk

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 12:37 PM

All the Kitris would tempt me if only I weren't the wrong side of the Atlantic. Of the Basilios, Lantratov is so charismatic he would easily be my No 1 choice. Chudin has the best technique & a different kind of stage presence that I think possibly is more suited to Diamonds type lead roles rather than a Basilio. Lobukhin I saw dance an energetic Spartacus in a live relay and a bland Albrecht in Moscow recently (Alastair Macaulay reviewed this performance). I wouldn't pass up the opportunity to see Olga Smirnova and in the subsidiary casting Anna Tikhomirova as a street dancer on 22nd and Kitris friend on 23rd is worth looking out for. 



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Posted 06 June 2014 - 09:54 AM

Casting for the "Don Q" in Saratoga, an embarrassment of riches, is up:
http://www.oneidadis...aratoga-springs

July 29 and August 1: Alexandrova/Lantratov
July 30: Krysanova/Chudin
July 31: Kretova/Lobukhin

 

I love Alexandrova, but any recommendation from those having seen the company lately, especially these dancers and/or Don Q?  I remember Krysanova's Gamzatti vividly, but I can't translate that mentally to Don Q, and I haven't seen Kretova.

 

In all honesty, I’d never heard Kristina Kretova’s name before, so I went to the videos, The Bluebird duet and the duet from Coppelia.

 

I’m Smitten ! — Based on these — She’s An Absolute Gem !

 

I’m hoping to see some of the NYC Swan Lakes, so I immediately checked to see what she’s doing, considering the possibility of extending my visit if she were to do a Don Quixote. She isn’t, but I’ll hopefully be able to at least see her as one of the Prince’s Friends in Swan Lake. I think that staying until her Saratoga Don Quixote wouldn’t be feasible, but I’d love to !

 

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 04:47 AM

If anybody managed to get tickets to this event with Sergei Filin, you'll have to tell us about it: 

  Events Related to Bolshoi

Discussion with Sergei Filin
Wednesday, July 23 at 6:00
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

A discussion with Sergei Filin, artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, and former New York Times chief dance critic Anna Kisselgoff will take place at 6:00 in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. This ticketed event is free and open to the public. Please reserve your tickets in advance. NOTE: Tickets will be will call only. Will call opens at the venue one hour prior to the event. Tickets are valid until 15 minutes prior to the event, at which point they will be released to the stand-by line. Seating is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis.

SOLD OUT

 

Meanwhile, add this to my list of complaints with the management of the Lincoln Center Festival. I first learned about this in an e-mail as I was getting ready to board a plane home from NYC.  I tried to grab a ticket via my Smartphone, but their site wouldn't accept the Friends code they had sent. By the time I got home and could try again on a regular computer, it was "sold out." For special events like this, especially those that will go quickly, we should get a "heads-up" e-mail at least a few days before tickets become available. I guess that didn't occur to the LCF staff.



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 04:55 AM

The code they posted in the email (LCFREE) was wrong.  The correct one is LCFFREE (double F).  I got it when I called them.  They said they will send a corrected email.  Obviously they did not.



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 05:02 AM

The code they posted in the email (LCFREE) was wrong.  The correct one is LCFFREE (double F).  I got it when I called them.  They said they will send a corrected email.  Obviously they did not.

As I've said before, the incompetence of the management of the LCF never ceases to amaze me. I thought they had hit a low water mark with the ticket fiasco earlier this year...This is the kind of amateurish error you expect from the community theater in Podunck (with apologies to Podunck...).



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 03:38 PM

My experience was identical to California's--well I wasn't getting on a plane, but I couldn't figure out why my code wasn't accepted--thought it was because I was on my Ipad. By the time I got to my regular computer it was sold out. Thank you Speed100 for the explanation but, if what you say is correct, then to say I am infuriated doesn't begin to capture it. If Lincoln Center is going to offer special "treats" to members, then ... uh... they should get the information to us correctly.



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 05:07 PM

I also missed out on the opportunity because of the aforementioned snafu. ABT should coach LCF how to conduct event like this. When the responses are overwhelming to it's free insight talks, like the upcoming one with Hallberg, ABT moves the event from the usual List Hall to the main auditorium, and everyone gets tickets.

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 05:20 PM

I also missed out on the opportunity because of the aforementioned snafu. ABT should coach LCF how to conduct event like this. When the responses are overwhelming to it's free insight talks, like the upcoming one with Hallberg, ABT moves the event from the usual List Hall to the main auditorium, and everyone gets tickets.

 

Indeed! Apparently the Kaplan Penthouse only holds 250 people in a performance set-up. It's pretty amazing the LCF management didn't anticipate the huge demand for tickets for this event: http://yourevent.lin.../stanley-kaplan



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 01:10 PM

Bringing this thread forward in the hope that any of you who are Bolshoi knowledgable will provide opinions about the castings for Don Q here in Saratoga. I'm likely to fork over the $ for only one performance. Any guidance most appreciated, and thanks to those who have posted. From what I've read it seems that you can't really go wrong with this bunch.

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 03:29 PM

I am not terribly "Bolshoi knowledgeable" but will say anyway...Alexandrova! She is a major ballerina--for many Bolshoi fans, she is the company's true prima and I would say simply that she is always a class act. Also, Kitri is, so to speak, one of "her" roles. She is coming back from a serious injury, but I still would recommend you try to see her if you can.

 

But I agree that you are likely to see an excellent performance whoever dances...



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Posted 30 June 2014 - 10:22 AM

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=Hv97ZzwDKn4

from the Bolshoi chanel via russian forum. Naration is in Russian, but some pictures worth a 1K words. (they show Merkuriev in DQ coda spins, but don't bring them along ;-( Though i have no complains about the cast personally



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Posted 30 June 2014 - 10:55 AM

It's Mikhail Lobukhin's Basilio doing the spinning, and he is coming on the tour. (Merkuriev turns to the right.) It's Ruslan Skvortsov's leaping Siegfried who isn't coming.



#43 Mathilde K

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 06:20 PM

Casting for the "Don Q" in Saratoga, an embarrassment of riches, is up:
http://www.oneidadis...aratoga-springs

July 29 and August 1: Alexandrova/Lantratov
July 30: Krysanova/Chudin
July 31: Kretova/Lobukhin

 

I love Alexandrova, but any recommendation from those having seen the company lately, especially these dancers and/or Don Q?  I remember Krysanova's Gamzatti vividly, but I can't translate that mentally to Don Q, and I haven't seen Kretova.
 

 

Talking about the soloists: all three casts are very well worth seeing. Each will offer a memorable performance. I would attend all three.

 

Krysanova is a stellar artist, in its own class. With her perfect frame she is truly sparkling on stage. Fabulous as Kitri, and great in everything else as well. I can't really think of any ballerina currently in the West who is technically as brilliant (I am not sure, e.g., Semionova can be as scintillating, light and lightning fast, at the same time never giving any hint of "athleticism" or "gymnastics").

 

Alexandrova is known to be a great technician. In spite of her much bigger frame, she is fast, precise, and generally remarkably refined. Her Medora in the 3rd cast of «Le corsaire» at Bolshoi a few years ago was a revelation.

 

Kretova is a Filin's protegé. She had been dancing for 8 years at the «Kremlin Ballet». When Filin was appointed the artistic director of MAMT (the Stanislavsky & Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre), she moved up to MAMT. Not much later, when Filin became the artistic director of Bolshoi, she moved up with him to Bolshoi where she is now occupying the position of a leading soloist. In a company as big as Bolshoi that really means a lot. I like her personally: very pretty and, in private, witty and very intelligent. Charming on stage and possessing a near-ideal body frame, if slightly less capable of 'finesse', but certainly never 'dull'. I haven't seen her as Kitri, but that part suits her temperament well. An excellent dancer, no doubt. I would happily attend any performance featuring her. [All dancers above the corps de ballet level (and many in the corps de ballet) at Bolshoi are generally of very high quality.]

 

One should not forget that with the companies like Bolshoi and Mariinsky, the real hero is the corps de ballet. What thrills me always most with Bolshoi and Mariinsky are those genuinely rare moments of seeing on stage great corps de ballet in classical repertoire while in the West I got accustomed to seeing only great soloists.



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Posted 03 July 2014 - 08:19 AM

a bit off topic - as i had to look it up myself ;- ) http://en.wikipedia....sment_of_riches

"An embarrassment of riches is an idiom that means an overabundance of something, or too much of a good thing"



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Posted 06 July 2014 - 09:29 AM

Bolshoi Ballet at State Theater is completely sold out. There're some wheel chair accessible seats available and they will be released to general public on the days of performances. And they are not selling standing rooms and It's unlikely they will sell them but they may change their mind. I don't know why there're no performances on July 24 Thur. and July 26 Sat. matinee, they could easily sell out 2 more performances.


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