Kirov in Amsterdam - Giselle
Posted 21 March 2001 - 11:51 AM
Posted 21 March 2001 - 02:52 PM
Amsterdam got some idea what this can be with the final Giselle performance of Maya Dumchenko and Viktor Baranov. From the lovely romantic hair dress to the carefully poised arabesques and the subtly crafted mad scene - everything looked right and true. Dumchenko is a wonderful Giselle and one with a rich pedigree. Baranov proved the ideal partner. The way he made Dumchenko float in the 2nd Act was unforgettable. And at last we had somebody who successfully attempted the swallow lifts in the 2nd Act.
Interesting to note, finally, that Dumchenko and Vishneva have the same coach: Olga Chenchikova. An interesting example of how different performers can be even when guided by the same teacher
Posted 21 March 2001 - 06:10 PM
When they come back in town (London) in June, I'd more than welcome a cast change or two - again Zhelonkina is not casted for any of the leading roles! (Her Aurore must be a delight to watch!)
Posted 22 March 2001 - 12:35 AM
On another note, Diana Vishneva and Faroukh Ruzimatov will dance in a gala in Moscow on 2 April.
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Posted 22 March 2001 - 09:02 AM
Vishneva did her final three years with L. Kovolova and Dumchenko with Zaknovskaya. Who coaches a dancer in a company is only part of the story.
Posted 22 March 2001 - 12:29 PM
Vrsfanatic, I agree, coaching isn?t everything of course (there is also schooling and mentality for instance), but in the case of a company like the Kirov Ballet working with strong personalities as ballet masters (Moiseyeva, Kurgapkina, the late Zubkovskaya, Selyutsky, Yevteyeva, Chenchikova?), who spend several years with the same dancers, I am always inclined to expect a certain stamp or mark of the coach on the pupil. Yet, in practice this proves completely wrong. No greater difference, for example, between Zakharova and Asylmuratova, who both prepare their roles with Moiseyeva.
Interesting to note that Nina Sakhnovskaya especially came over to see Maya Dumchenko?s performance in Amsterdam.
Posted 22 March 2001 - 06:58 PM
Posted 22 March 2001 - 10:55 PM
Posted 23 March 2001 - 02:20 AM
Manhattnik, Zhelonkina has always been remarkable for the quality of her plastique and movement, even when she was only doing Flower Girl in "Don Quixote" or Bell dancer in "The Fountain".
Vishneva's "Giselle" is "special" indeed, as it is basically in open defiance of the balletís performance tradition, but actually tells us nothing new about the role. Depends of what you expect of your Giselle, no doubt.
Posted 23 March 2001 - 08:27 AM
Dumchenko and Vishneva are two very different people. Glad to hear Saknovskaya was in Amsterdam. Do you know where she is teaching now. Last I had heard she left Vaganova School after 1995.
It is also very interesting to read the opinions of others regarding the different performances of the Kirov internationally, since they have not been to Florida in a number of years. Wish I could see more.
Posted 23 March 2001 - 12:00 PM
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