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Buddy

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  1. Thanks, Quinten. Good to see that Alyona Kovalyova and Xenia Zhiganshina have been added to the list. Quite a list, indeed. Sense any significant 'Vaganova-Mariinsky' content at the Bolshoi? 😊 Yet, the Bolshoi will always be the Bolshoi, I'm sure.
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    Vaganova Academy Graduation, 2018

    Hopefully she's a very good and effective influence. Maybe a lot more in the picture then we would think. Women can do that sort of thing. 😊
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    Vaganova Academy Graduation, 2018

    Drew, this is a very good question. And others like her as well. And if not in leadership then at least in the exceptional artistic development.
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    Vaganova Academy Graduation, 2018

    Let this photo be what ever it is. I know how it effected me when I first saw it. My only real concern for the moment is how he treats the students. Let the rest of his 'saga' play out as it will, hopefully with justice and compassion.
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    Vaganova Academy Graduation, 2018

    Wow! The formatting of my last few comments has been scrambled. I'll try to find out why. Added: My posts have reappeared. Maybe a computer glitch somewhere.
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    Vaganova Academy Graduation, 2018

    A room full of students bowing down to Nikolai Tsiskaridze, Canbelto. Added: My opinions of this man are not of my own making. There remain many question marks about his behavior over the years.
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    Vaganova Academy Graduation, 2018

    I hope that you're right, MadameP, but I'm totally unconvinced. Canbelto, if what MadameP says is true than this picture appears much less offensive. But, considering the controversy surrounding this man and his ego I would not have have let such a picture be taken no matter what the intent. Again, I'd be glad to be proven wrong, in particular for the students' sake.
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    Vaganova Academy Graduation, 2018

    https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&prev=search&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=ru&sp=nmt4&u=https://tvkultura.ru/article/show/article_id/262205&xid=17259,15700019,15700124,15700149,15700168,15700173,15700186,15700190,15700201&usg=ALkJrhj_Av5-GZtz53OYUvBxaUERlJUpfw A picture is worth a thousand words, MadameP.
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    Vaganova Academy Graduation, 2018

    I guess my honest feeling is that the faster he's out of there the better. Please, someone, post some quotes as to how well he's doing his job. I would think that the faculty would have a lot more to do with the fine quality of the Vaganova. As I said, I'd be glad to be proven wrong. But no one has come close to convincing me yet, and I've followed about as much of his behavior over the years as I can handle. Added: On a more pleasant note, the quality of some of these young dancers is wonderful to see.
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    Vaganova Academy Graduation, 2018

    Thanks, Quinten. What a weird picture featuring Nikolai Tsiskaridze. I never want to get into it, but more question marks remain over this man's head than I can express., But I'd be delighted to be proven wrong.
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    Veronika Part

    “Renowned dancer, Veronika Part, also joins the cast of over twenty dancers from around the world.” I’ve seen Veronika Part given some rather bad roles, but this one remains an unknown. The entire email announcement from the Segerstom Theater, Costa Mesa, California. “The remarkable life of modern dance revolutionary Isadora Duncan is truly one for the stage. A California native, she left America in the late 1890s to find great acclaim in Europe and Russia as her new dance vocabulary enraptured audiences. “Royal Ballet principal dancer, Natalia Osipova, stars in the dramatic title role. “Osipova has become a startlingly singular artist,” praised The New York Times. Renowned dancer, Veronika Part, also joins the cast of over twenty dancers from around the world. This new work will offer choreography by Vladimir Varnava of the Mariinsky Theatre and will be set to Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella, performed by the Mikhailovsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg.”
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    Isadora starring Natalia Osipova

    Here’s a kicker. “Renowned dancer, Veronika Part, also joins the cast of over twenty dancers from around the world.” I’ve seen Veronika Part given some rather bad roles, but this one remains an unknown. The entire email announcement from the Segerstom. “The remarkable life of modern dance revolutionary Isadora Duncan is truly one for the stage. A California native, she left America in the late 1890s to find great acclaim in Europe and Russia as her new dance vocabulary enraptured audiences. “Royal Ballet principal dancer, Natalia Osipova, stars in the dramatic title role. “Osipova has become a startlingly singular artist,” praised The New York Times. Renowned dancer, Veronika Part, also joins the cast of over twenty dancers from around the world. This new work will offer choreography by Vladimir Varnava of the Mariinsky Theatre and will be set to Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella, performed by the Mikhailovsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg.”
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    Vaganova Academy Graduation, 2018

    I’ve watched very brief video clips of Maria Khoreva, Maria Petukhova and Maria Bulanova (lots of Marias, considering that I’m also quite attracted to the lovely airiness of the Mariinsky’s young Maria Iliushkina.). Some initial discussion can be seen here. http://balletalert.invisionzone.com/topic/43874-khoreva-bulanova/?tab=comments#comment-402210 I once again agree with MadameP about the high quality of Maria Khoreva. I’m also rather attached to Maria Petukhova. She fits my dreamlike-and-flowing preference beautifully. She does look slightly overweight by today’s ballerina standards (based on a year old video clip), but I would think that she could lose a few pounds with no health detriment and be quite a stunner. I also find lovely lightness in the somewhat more animated style of Maria Bulanova. I do see very fine qualities in all these young artists.
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    Khoreva, Bulanova

    Tough call for me on Maria Petukhova, Laurent, whom I’ve just viewed for the first time on video. She dances beautifully, but, yes, weight could be a factor. It would seem that she could easily lose a few pounds if she wanted to. It would make a great deal of difference by today’s ballet standard. A century ago she may have been the ideal. Also agree that this year’s graduating stars looks very good indeed. Added: If weight is the issue and she didn't want to be thinner for health reasons, I certainly couldn't blame her. Good health, to me, is much more important.
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    Maria Kochetkova

    She certainly choses beautiful places.
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