Here are relevant ballet-related snippets from a large article in recent St Petersburg Times. Well, I eat crow on the nomination of Ratmansky's horrendous [IMO] 'Cinderella' although I agree with the praise for Vishnyova's performance as Cinders.
golden mask festival set to shine
by Galina Stolyarova
The Golden Mask awards, Russia's top
performing-arts festival, are usually held in
Moscow but, this year, are coming north, and
kick off at the Alexandriinsky Theater on March
27. The productions nominated for awards will
show for two weeks at various venues, and the
award ceremony will be held at the Mariinsky
Theater in April.
According to Golden Mask Director Eduard
Boyakov, the idea of holding the festival in St.
Petersburg first occurred to him in 2000. (Perhaps coincidentally, the
decision was announced shortly after Vladimir Putin, a St.
Petersburg native, was elected president.) Few would argue that the
city, which claims a hearty share of each year's prizes, deserves to
host the country's most prestigious arts event.
St. Petersburg actors, directors and designers have been nominated
for 34 awards in 15 categories. Somewhat oddly - especially given
the location of the final ceremony - perennial conducting nominee
Valery Gergiev has been passed over this year.
....[snip - snip...opera stuff]
Alexei Ratmansky is nominated twice as best choreographer, for the
Mariinsky's "Cinderella" and "Lea" at Moscow's Bolshoi Post
Modern Theater. His only rival is France's Rolan Petit, for "The
Queen of Spades" and "Passacaglia," both at Moscow's Bolshoi
Theater. "Cinderella" is also listed for best set design (by Ilya Utkin
and Yevgeny Monakhov), best female dancer (Diana Vishnyova who,
earlier this month, was named Europe's best dancer, also for
Cinderella, by Dance Europe magazine), and best male dancer
(Andrei Merkuriyev, as the Prince). "Cinderella" is also nominated as
Golden Mask Awards to be held in StP; Mariinsky Nominees
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