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Ostrich

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    avid balletgoer and ballet teacher
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  1. The schedule for June, at least, seems to be up, but does anyone know why I can't buy tickets on the Mariinsky.ru official site? Specifically I actually want tickets for the Vaganova graduate performance https://www.mariinsky.ru/en/playbill/playbill/?year=2016&month=6
  2. Sergei Filin Attacked

    The Russian news reports that Tsiskaridze's flat has allegedly been broken into. Maybe someone who does not have to rely on Google translate can give better insight into what this short article reports: http://news.mail.ru/incident/12434661/?frommail=1&social=fb
  3. Interestingly, Ilyaballet on Youtube has been asked whether he uses slow motion to observe his students, and claimed that he does. I can' recall on which of his clips this is, but definitely on one of his many Bolshoi school videos.
  4. Regarding the slow-motion, I understand that it may bother people, watching, say, Don Q and not seeing the expected sequence of steps to the music, so as to accommodate a slow-motion leap, but otherwise I think it was a brilliant idea. For non-dancers, or people not used to watching ballet much/at all, the slow motion shows up what the dancer is ACTUALLY doing. An untrained eye just isn't able to see the complexity and technical accomplishment at full speed. A friend of mine actually confirmed it when she took her non-ballet loving family to see it and they picked out those moments as most impressive. And shall I admit it...I think slow-motion ballet is just GORGEOUS (I do it often with my DVDs - of course only the most accomplished dancers can be slowed down and still look great)
  5. Many years ago I remember seeing a programme called "Bolshoi Behind the Scenes", in which I remember Leonid Lavrovsky described how his Romeo and Juliet was created as a response to the tragedy of the Second World War. BTW, I am dying to find those programmes again - I remember at least 2, with all the soviet 'stars' - Liepa, Semenyaka, Bessmertnova, Mukhamedov, etc. - interviewed and dancing.
  6. Is it possible to get tickets for a performance

    Well, never having been to Stuttgart, I shouldn't be giving advice here, but it is sometimes possible to phone the theatre directly and ask them to put you on a waiting list for a cancelled ticket, or alternatively queue at the theatre on the night of the performance in the hopes that someone cancels one on the night. But, as I say, whether that works at Stuttgart I wouldn't know.
  7. Use of the eyes

    A fairly obviouse place where use of the eyes becomes important is when Siegfried runs after the swans, following their flight with his hand and eyes. Some dancers are content to let the hand do the work, but others really see the swans, so much that you want to glance behind you to see them yourself! And in Giselle, of course, the mad scene is where a dancer who uses the eyes stands out. I'll never forget seeing a picture of Ulanova, I'm sure you all know it, where she's crouching fairly near the front of the sateg, busy plucking the imaginary flower. Her hair isn't disarranged, her body isn't spastic and wild, but I knew, from seeing the lost, bewildered eyes that the girl had lost it. Later, when I saw her in Giselle on film for the first time, my impression from the photo was confirmed.
  8. Question about being in a company

    Yes, if he dances lead roles he would probably be a principal, or perhaps a leading soloist. No, he wouldn't have to audition, the roles would probably be assigned to him by senior management/artistic staff, possibly by the artistic director. He would probably not be the only one dancing the role - most major companies have at least 2 casts performing the same roles. Difficult to say how far in advance the roles are assigned and how long the rehearsals will take. It depends on the company, the ballet, whether it is a new choreography or one the dancers are familir with. Two months isn't unreasonable, but it can be more than that, or less. However, there are so many details which can be 'pitfalls' if you don't know them (and we can't possibly warn you against them all, as we don't know what you are writing), that i suggest you follow the advice of previous posters and chat to a dancer. It may also be a very good idea if you can find a dancer willing to read your story to check on the details. For example, is your dancer attending his daily (morning) class??
  9. I was four when I saw my first ballet. It was some ballet school production, a fantasy ballet with a crocodile in it (Peter Pan maybe?). My mom explained to me, when I wanted to know what those funy gong sounds were before the show started, that it meant everyone had to go to their seats otherwise they'd miss the show. Now, in the interval, I needed the bathroom. While I was sitting, the bell sounded, and in my panic that I'd miss the second half I fell into the toilet! Children differ a lot regarding the age when they can be taken to see live theatre. Generally kids with longer concentration spans and the ability to sit still for a while can be taken earlier. My little sister sat as good as gold through Madame Butterfly at age 4(although we did leave before the last act finished)! I remeber that, although there was no 'rule' regarding age limit, my mom had great trouble persuading the ushers to let her in. A ballet that is not appropriate for young children, but that I often see a lot of kids at, is Sleeping Beauty. It is too long for most young children, and although they usually love fairies, there are just too many of them in Sleeping Beauty! Cinderella can be a lot of fun for kids, though. It's definitely better to tell kids the story beforehand and explain that talking isn't allowed in the theatre, but if they are getting bored, especially in long classical scenes, I don't think it hurts to point out things to them that can hold their interest.
  10. What HAVE you heard of his temperament, dirac?
  11. The Tales of Beatrix Potter

    I think the 2007 stage version is an improvement over the original(which I last saw years ago)- the story seems tighter and less rambling. The quality is lovely and crisp. Stephen McRae is really a fantastic Squirrel Nutkin. They have lost none of the charm of the original, but made it move faster. The Two Bad Mice and Jeremy Fisher are my favourite scenes - full of humour and so convincingly done, even on stage!
  12. Doesn't it sometomes make you feel terrible when one watches a dancer who shares one's age(or even exact birthday) and think to yourself, "Why can't I do that???"
  13. Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet Theatre

    What about the 'Pretty Snowflakes' by Shirley Evans? Or is that part of what you are sparing us in your description? ;)
  14. I wouldn't know anything about the claim of the Moscow Classical Ballet to be one of the only 3 state supported ballet companies in Russia. I have been told, however, that every ballet company of a certain standard and 'pedigree' is awarded the title 'state academic', which the Moscow Classical Ballet isn't. It is supposed to be some sort of offiicial stamp of approval, or at least that is my understanding. So it seems strange that the government is willing to support a company without this. Hold on... I just did a search and find that it comes up with Moscow Classical Ballet, Moscow State Classical Ballet and Moscow State Academic Classical Ballet - now what??? Anyway, I did see the Moscow Classical Ballet on 2 occasions. The first time was about 8 years back and they delivered a technically very, very secure performance. The second time, about 6 years back, the standard seemed to have slipped. My complaints were mostly style and personality-related though - their technical prowess was still astounding. But who knows if it was the same company bart saw? And if it is based at the Kremlin, when at home, where does the Kremlin Ballet go?
  15. I'm a cancer too - can I get Nikolai Tsiskaridze (Capricorn)?
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