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Kevin Ng

Baltika prize in St. Petersburg

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The winners of this year's Baltika prize have been announced on the Kirov's website.

http://www.mariinsky.ru/en/news/festivals/baltika_2002

Kirov dancers Daria Pavlenko and Zhanna Ayupova have won the ballet awards.

Daria Pavlenko, incidentally, will guest with the Hamburg Ballet this week with her colleague Andrian Fadeyev. They will dance a pas de deux from Neumeier's ballet "Sounds of Empty Pages" in the Nijinsky gala on 30 June.

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Thanks, Kevin. I can't decode "The Sounds of Empty Pages." (i.e., I can't imagine what kind of a dance that would be.)

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Alexandra, I'll briefly describe Neumeier's ballet "Sounds of Empty Pages" which was created for the Kirov Ballet in April 2001 as part of a Neumeier triple-bill programme. It also included two earlier pure-dance Neumeier works created for other companies. This ballet was based on the tragic life of the Russian composer Alfred Schnittke, who was a friend of Neumeier. In the ballet, Schnittke was created on the Kirov danseur Andrian Fadeyev, a classical stylist who showed his dramatic gifts by infusing the role with a gripping intensity. His pas de deux with his muse (created on Diana Vishneva) was the best part of the ballet, which was relentlessly gloomy all the way through.

Neumeier's choreography for this Schnittke ballet was typical of the angst-ridden style of the 'Eurotrash' choreographers. His other two earlier ballets had more interesting choreography. I didn't see the programme at its premiere, but saw it last autumn with a change of cast as well as in the Maryinsky Festival in March. I wrote a review on Ballet.co.uk.

http://www.ballet.co.uk/magazines/yr_01/no..._kirov_1001.htm

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