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  1. Mariinsky in London 2017

    Another vote here for both Novikova and Osmolkina principals - but it should have happened YEARS ago and probably will not. Such a tragedy.
  2. Mariinsky in London 2017

    I like elements of both Mariinsky and Royal Ballet versions. Like Birdsall, I don't mind the jester per se, and I do think the Mariinsky Swan Lake is the finest in the world, unbelievable beautiful and poetic, and with the most outstanding dancers in the world and the best corps. The corps alone is worth the price of the ticket with their beauty, refinement, unanimity and eloquence - a huge tribute to the greatness of their talent and dedication, Vaganova training and their wonderful coaches. Their epaulement is beyond beautiful! However, I too miss the mime scenes which are such an integral part of the storytelling and I also prefer the sad suicide ending with yes, agree Mashinka, Siegfried and Odette gliding away into a better world. To me, the "fight" between Rothbart and Siegfried always appears somewhat ludicrous with apparently the loss of one wing causing his death. I think Tchaikovsky's music is far more appropriately portrayed with the apotheosis of the lovers after death... Well, we can argue until the cows come home about authenticity but overall, if I could choose ONE Swan Lake to see, it would still be the Mariinsky's!
  3. Mariinsky in London 2017

    LOL! Love tapas! Hope you enjoyed Stonehenge! Yes, Matvienko is Kiev trained and that's where she started her career. I agree she is better as Odile and her arms definitely cannot compare with those of Vaganova graduates, but they have definitely improved since she has been at the Mariinsky. She is extremely pretty though - she has a lovely face! - and she has a really fabulous jump, although Odette/Odile does not need a jumper! She's better in some roles than others, but I agree, she's not a soft, sweet dancer.
  4. Mariinsky in London 2017

    I too went to the Osmolkina/Latypov Swan Lake matinee this afternoon. Osmolkina was wonderful. She has a unaffected, clean technique that is pure Vaganova textbook, with nothing of the vulgar or mannered about it. Her gorgeously expressive arms and ease/flow of movement were evident throughout her beautiful white swan acts. She is also very feminine and appealing in her acting with those big vulnerable eyes. She was partnered by Ernest Latypov, who does look extremely young and sweet, but despite his extreme thinness, partnered Osmolkina well, including all the high lifts. Hard to imagine such a gentle looking Odette could turn into an evil manipulative Odile, but Osmolkina did just that. Her Odile variation was also superb with beautifully controlled attitude turns, and the sequence of 32 fouettes was performed easily, finishing with a triple. She had great rapport with the seductively evil Rothbart of Konstantin Zverev, another outstanding Siegfried in his own right, when the current management allows him to dance the role. The prince's friends pd3 showed the best male dancing of the evening with the elegant classicism of FIlipp Stepin. I saw him dance Siegfried with Osmolkina in St Petersburg, and he is an outstanding actor as well as technician, and today he was dancing with all his customary beauty of line and precision of technique. , Both newly promoted Nadezhda Batoeva and Renata Shakirova were on sparkling form. Batoeva's diagonale of entrechat6 de vole was spectacular. Both these girls were also excellent as the two swans in the final act. Grigory Popov as the jester, who could probably perform this role in his sleep he so often gets cast, was also on form with very nice grande pirouette and particularly good acting. Anastasia Petushkova was also outstanding in the Spanish dance - she really should be a principal character dancer, she just has the fire and passion for so many character roles. There is always so much to admire in Mariinsky Swan Lakes, and of course the corps, led by Ksenia Ostreikovskaya, was magnificent as always, with its uniformity of movement and exquisite epaulement. I have to say though, that the show belonged to Osmolkina - what a refined eloquent ballerina she is. Rightly she was greatly applauded at the end. Fabulous performance!
  5. Mariinsky in London 2017

    Nadia was a wonderful Aurora in her debut, but she was superb in everything I have ever seen her dance in. If ever there was a well deserved promotion to 1st soloist, this was certainly it. Nadia has lovely clean technique, is a superb actress and also very beautiful girl. If you get a chance to see her in ANYthing - GO!!!
  6. Mariinsky in London 2017

    Who is Ms Grumpy?!
  7. Nureyev premier postponed to 2018/2019

    Well, I've just finished reading this thread and all I can say is, it seems a very good thing to me that this miscast, inadequately rehearsed ballet with content of a sexually explicit nature in whatever context, to the extent that apparently some greatly respected dancers refused to perform it, with what frankly I consider horrible choreographer, was taken off. Good riddance. Why can't Bolshoi spend its money on a reconstruction or one of the great ballets in its repertoire that are not in production at the moment?
  8. Novikova's Nikiya debut this season was miraculous - what a great shame that America will not see this. It was shamefully overdue. She and Alina Somova for me are the best Mariinsky Nikiyas now. Nadia Batoeva is an excellent Gamzatti - she is wonderful in everything she dances - but Mariinsky have several outstanding Gamzattis at the moment. Fateev's casting for overseas tours as usual leaves a great deal to be desired.
  9. Mariinsky Roster changes

    Yevgeny Konovalov is now a coryphee. He is a former Vaganova student of Selyutsky, with good arms and elevation who has nice princely presence and good partnering skills - he's danced Bluebird, James and many small solo roles recently. Congratulations to him!
  10. The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    Yes, Oscar Frame is going to Bolshoi as well as Geraschenko and Sevenard. He is British incidentally, not American. He trained at the Hampton Academy in the UK before winning a scholarship to the Kirov Academy in 2011 and then transferred to Vaganova in St Petersburg in 2016.
  11. Yulia Stepanova

    Thank you for posting!
  12. Mariinsky livestream The Seasons

    That's exactly what I thought, too, Natalia, except no - leave Zhivoi at Mariinsky!
  13. Joy Womack

    Possibly that is because she is lucky to have the position she does have.
  14. Mariinsky livestream The Seasons

    I really enjoyed The Four Seasons - I don't find any need to over-think what it all meant! I enjoyed it very much for what it was, including the played around with Vivaldi music. I thought both Kondaurova and Belyakov were excellent technically, expressive and all the corps dancers equally charming and all dancing well - and they were all MT corps members, so a special mention for Andrei Arseniev. It was just all very easy on the eye and feel-good. I liked it very much.
  15. Uliana Lopatkina Announces Retirement

    Ha - Natalia. You said it just as I thought it, but I hear the North Pole has a new ballet company that needs an AD...