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Bolshoi 2014-15 cinema season


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#46 sandik

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 11:30 AM

You mean the part where I can increase the brightness on the screen or turn the sound off?  (ducks and runs...)



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Posted 24 November 2014 - 11:49 AM

biggrin.png I've got nothing against light shows.



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Posted 24 November 2014 - 08:52 PM

Let me put it this way. I think Grigorovich's Nutcracker is ghastly, and there are almost no dancers in the world who could persuade me to watch it.

 

I'm trying to be as diplomatic as I can!

I don't know about that, it's so ghastly that it's good - in the same way Rocky Horror Picture Show is good.  Still, not sure I want to pay $18 to see it at the theatre.  After all, the Ovation TV Channel will probably have it in their Battle of the Nutcrackers again.

 

 

Would rather waste $18 on gasoline (now that it's getting cheaper) and drive down to Portland to see the OBT Balanchine Nut.  



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Posted 24 November 2014 - 09:05 PM

If you do go to Portland, please let us know what you think of it.



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Posted 24 November 2014 - 10:34 PM

 

Let me put it this way. I think Grigorovich's Nutcracker is ghastly, and there are almost no dancers in the world who could persuade me to watch it.

 

I'm trying to be as diplomatic as I can!

I don't know about that, it's so ghastly that it's good - in the same way Rocky Horror Picture Show is good.  Still, not sure I want to pay $18 to see it at the theatre.  After all, the Ovation TV Channel will probably have it in their Battle of the Nutcrackers again.

 

 

Would rather waste $18 on gasoline (now that it's getting cheaper) and drive down to Portland to see the OBT Balanchine Nut.  

 

 

You can take the Bolt Bus, and let someone else drive!



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Posted 24 November 2014 - 11:29 PM

You lot may laugh .... but Sky (in the UK at least) is broadcasting that same NUTCRACKER by the ubiquitous Mr. G next week with Vasiliev (V that is not I - [although I[van] danced the Nutcracker Prince with the Bolshoi last Xmas] and [the much missed] Maximova, a lady whose legs were seeming steel.).  



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 12:07 AM

You lot may laugh .... but Sky (in the UK at least) is broadcasting that same NUTCRACKER by the ubiquitous Mr. G next week with Vasiliev (V that is not I - [although I[van] danced the Nutcracker Prince with the Bolshoi last Xmas] and [the much missed] Maximova, a lady whose legs were seeming steel.).  

Anything looks great with Vasiliev (V.) and Maximova. Actually all I remember from seeing that particular video of Nutcracker over ten years ago  is...well...just how great I thought they were. I can't remember what I thought of the production. Watching dancers that wonderful, I doubt I cared.

 

I have heard the theories about Rodkin's recent prominence in the company (mentioned above by Volcanohunter) but actually don't know that I altogether need theories to explain to me why he is being featured/cast a lot, since I found him quite charismatic as Espada in Don Quixote when I saw the Bolshoi live this past summer...though I guess one would expect two live filmcasts in a row to be the kind of casting reserved for established stars. (I'm afraid that Nikulina's prominence in the company does just plain baffle me. I allow that perhaps I just don't 'get' her...)

 

I don't think either Rodkin or Nikulina belong in the same category as V. Vasiliev and Maximova.



#53 volcanohunter

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Posted 25 November 2014 - 07:21 AM

Anything looks great with Vasiliev (V.) and Maximova. 

 

That's exactly what I meant when I wrote that "almost no dancers in the world" could persuade me to watch it. (At least for money.)

 

I think it is rather extraordinary to cast Rodkin in the broadcast of a ballet he has not danced before and many others have. That seems quite risky. I don't think Rodkin is without talent, though his stage persona sticks in my craw. He's big and strong, but I do think he lacks something in fine technique. But then generally Grigorovich ballets don't require fine technique. One of the complaints lodged regularly against the company toward the end of his tenure was that its dancers were lacking in execution and refinement, presumably because they spent most of their time thumping around as his gladiators or bell ringers, with no fifth positions in sight.

 

There are many people who don't "get" Nikulina. The prevailing theory about her is that physically, with her large, dark features and very long arms complete with broken wrists, she reminds Grigorovich of his deceased wife. It's often posited as the "only possible" explanation. In any case, Grigorovich adores her and has already filmed her as Juliet, Phrygia and Shirin. Marie is next, no doubt to be followed by Anastasia and, eventually, Rita and Katerina, if the Bolshoi ever revives The Stone Flower.



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Posted 26 November 2014 - 12:52 AM

 
There are many people who don't "get" Nikulina. The prevailing theory about her is that physically, with her large, dark features and very long arms complete with broken wrists, she reminds Grigorovich of his deceased wife. It's often posited as the "only possible" explanation. In any case, Grigorovich adores her and has already filmed her as Juliet, Phrygia and Shirin. Marie is next, no doubt to be followed by Anastasia and, eventually, Rita and Katerina, if the Bolshoi ever revives The Stone Flower.


That is interesting to me (even if just speculation), for the one thing I do very much enjoy in Nikulina's dancing is her beautiful bouree, and a beautiful bouree happens to be my one vivid memory of Bessmertnova's dancing.

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Posted 26 November 2014 - 08:24 AM

While I don't think that dancers should look like other dancers unless they naturally do, I loved Bessmertnova from DVD's, and a comparison to her is far from an insult to me. 



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Posted 26 November 2014 - 09:29 AM

I don't think anyone means it as an insult. I only wish Nikulina danced more like Bessmertnova.

 

My foremost objection to Nikulina is that she carries so much tension in her neck that her dancing never looks easy. I think she is also a poor actress, hampered by an immobile face. I suppose I would describe her as "coltish," because she's got long, thin and very pliable limbs that don't seem to extend from her center. Sometimes the movement quality she produces is nice, and sometimes it isn't. She can look gawky, her footwork is usually flaccid, and I never get a sense of the energy of her movement extending past her extremities. I don't think any of this applied to Bessmertnova.

 

I'm being more negative than I would like to be. Grigorovich's casting choices are sometimes baffling to me, but there are many Bolshoi dancers whom I admire unequivocally. I suppose I wish they were the ones appearing in this season's Grigorovich Fest. It would make the ballets more palatable to me.



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Posted 16 December 2014 - 09:29 AM

The cast for the broadcast of Swan Lake will be Svetlana Zakharova as Odette-Odile, Denis Rodkin as Siegfried and Artemy Belyakov as the Evil Genius, with Igor Tsvirko as the Jester, and Nina Kaptsova and Kristina Kretova in the pas de trois.

 

http://bolshoi.ru/en...#20150125180000



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Posted 16 December 2014 - 02:44 PM

Who wants to bet that it won't be Rodkin for Ivan in the New Year .... :) 



#59 volcanohunter

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Posted 16 December 2014 - 03:20 PM

Probably not Ivan, but I would put money on Kurbsky. ermm.gif




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