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mnacenani

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  1. "Sylvia": Saturday 16: Osipova/Muntagirov.

    The only reason I will travel to see ballet at the ROH nowadays. The rest doesn't give me the buzz Bolshoy does (forgive my ignorance RB fans !)
  2. "Sylvia": Saturday 16: Osipova/Muntagirov.

    "Cast change: Vadim Muntagirov to dance in Sylvia on 11 and 16 December 2017" ....... so this was it - I normally would have booked Osipova-Muntagirov if given the choice and was wondering how I could have missed it, but when booking opened all three performances of Natasha were with Bonelli. This time Cubanmiamiboy and Buddy have struck gold ....... Buddy - where are you, where is your report ???
  3. "Sylvia": Saturday 16: Osipova/Muntagirov.

    Same here ! Bonelli looked really a bit lightweight for the role when I saw them.
  4. Nureyev premier postponed to 2018/2019

    Bolshoy's repertory info for "Nureyev" : https://www.bolshoi.ru/en/performances/1025/
  5. Ismene Brown's review of "Nureyev" for The ArtsDesk : http://www.theartsdesk.com/dance/bolshois-controversial-nureyev-ballet-opens-–-ovations-and-bans
  6. Have been instructed by admin to post here, will link to my Ashton Sylvia report under Royal Ballet : http://ismeneb.com/blogs-list/2015-other-stories/151127-ashtons-sylvia-has-found-a-true-home-in-russia.html Original review in French on Forum Dansomanie : http://www.forum-dansomanie.net/pagesdanso/critiques/cr0307_sylvia_mariinsky_20_23_10_2015.html
  7. Royal Ballet "Sylvia" Osipova-Bonelli Thu 30 Nov.

    Was awaiting your appearance, many thanks for your comments, knowledgeable as always.
  8. Is Alyona Kovalyova "Zvezda" material ??

    Am I right in thinking Lapatkina fell out with Fateyev due to same reason Alexandrova fell out with Vaziev : how often and what they should be dancing ??
  9. Is Alyona Kovalyova "Zvezda" material ??

    Shame on you ! No one can undermine my deep attachment to my beloved Masha !!
  10. Ratmansky interview re Bolshoy Romeo&Juliet staging

    Thanks naomikage - I think this clip really shows a glimpse of the incredible Juliet I saw.
  11. Is Alyona Kovalyova "Zvezda" material ??

    After seeing her SL debut live at Bolshoy cannot really visualise Alyona as Myrtha - would have liked to see her in role but missed this casting completely. Re whether she will move on to more attractive alternatives ...... weydaminit please - let us give her the benefit of the doubt for the moment (Buddy ..... where are you my pal ??). There was a time when people thought Genya Obr. was going to quit classic ballet for "Hollywood" but she stayed on and got to the top.
  12. Is Alyona Kovalyova "Zvezda" material ??

    If I may be allowed to express an opinion : Vaziev has a handful of young talent he has to develop and promote and make way for, and he has the unenviable task of nudging out beloved dancers who are definitely on the final straight, so as to say. I loved Kaptsova too, she looks much younger on stage but is 39. I was really shocked and bitter when my beloved Alexandrova unexpectedly resigned at the end of January, just days after I had to cancel my trip and missed her final Gamzatti. She did spill out the bad blood between her and Vaziev on the Sati Spivakova tv show (I had posted at the time) and days later Vaziev countered by saying in an interview (I had posted at the time) "some dancers in the twilight of their careers still want to dance roles they were dancing 20 years ago" and "Baryshnikov was 33 when he danced his last Basilio !". Even my beloved Zaharova I have to admit is nowadays looking a bit old for some roles - my wife quipped the other day after watching one of her recent Giselles that she looked like Albrecht's mother ! Technique, execution I accept is so important but imho the dancer also has to "look the part" ....... as Myrtha has to "look the part" to be believable. Vaziev has to develop the young talent he has hired and it seems to me he tries them by throwing them in at the deep end from time to time : remember how he surprised everyone by suddenly casting a CdB dancer as Kitri on the London tour last year ? (who was it ?) I surely am not as knowledgeable as our seasoned members but I get to see the Bolshoy once a month on average and have a feeling that Vaziev is the best thing that could have happened to the Bolshoy after the turmoil of 2013 - I think Urin had great foresight. This is just my subjective personal opinion and may not be shared by other members. PS : surprise Kitri on London tour was Shreiner I recalled.
  13. Royal Ballet "Sylvia" Osipova-Bonelli Thu 30 Nov.

    Sorry for re-quoting variated's remark but it just dawned on me that I quoted it above and then wandered off. Natasha's characterisation was indeed excellent, as variated reported. One really should sit up close if possible to capture her mime unaided. Training must have a part in Russian dancers having supreme characterisation, but I believe there is a large measure of something inborn, innate which Western-born dancers don't seem to have, to my eye at least. The self-assured portrayal of the first act and the mischievious portrayal in Orion's captivity were both spot-on. My trouble is that the silly and weak story lays waste to Natasha's superb characterisation abilities. This is what I meant by saying I would like to see her as Juliet sometime soon.
  14. Is Alyona Kovalyova "Zvezda" material ??

    No chance to see this FoP but maybe the Don Kixot. I would much rather see this great Petipa classic, Smirnova, Kovalyova and Rodkin should be great.
  15. Is Alyona Kovalyova "Zvezda" material ??

    Actually, instead of asking other members to help out I should myself be clicking on the following link every couple of days to keep track of her casting : https://www.bolshoi.ru/en/persons/ballet/3306/
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