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  1. Buddy

    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    No I'll stand by this one. I've seen her do lovely, lovely dreamlike dancing.
  2. Buddy

    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    😊 Saw a brief video clip of Ekaterina Krysanova's final act. Hands -- Lovely ! Her Pd'One -- Lovely ! She's at her Mariinsky best and I love her that way. Now back to drama. Glad that you enjoyed it all so much.
  3. Buddy

    Is Alyona Kovalyova "Zvezda" material ??

    Muhteşem — Magnifique ! If I was 50 years younger.... 😊
  4. Buddy

    MCB program IV. Apollo, Concerto DSCH, La Valse.

    Here's where a review is noted and can be discussed. http://balletalert.invisionzone.com/topic/43711-miami-city-ballet-program-iv-and-simone-messmer/
  5. Any review that delves into the ‘Sea’ of Simone Messmer is a friend of mine. “In MCBs Program III, Messmer showed during Robbins’ “Other Dances” a knack for treating pianist Francisco Rennó as a co-equal performer, and she did that during “Concerto DSCH” as well. Rennó was astonishing - prestissimo doesn’t capture the velocity of his playing in the first and third movements.” “For instance, during the adagio second movement, Messmer animated a simple arabesque in very different ways depending on the piano’s dynamics.” http://www.danceviewtimes.com/2018/04/miami-city-ballet-ends-season-with-ratmanskys-concerto-dsch.html (thanks to BalletcoForum)
  6. Buddy

    Who rules today?

    I would say that the ‘Greatest’ -- in the world today would simply have to do with being so exceptional at what ever she’s good at that she stands alone overall. She simply commands the stage like no other, has an impact like no other. Anna Pavlova was not considered a ‘complete’ ballerina. Olga Smirnova, for me, could be that person. Her overall package and its effect, in my opinion are unequaled, perhaps since Anna Pavlova. Her presence is both sympathetic and hugely compelling. Her Vaganova based technique/style is probably as finely constructed as it gets. She has excitement and interest. She experiments, takes chances and she’s always growing. And I could probably go on and on, and have. There’s a large number of ballerinas that I really love and admire, but, for me, she does stands alone. Added: Having said this, I might say that being the ‘Greatest’ does not necessarily mean the Favorite. We all have our personal criteria and love.
  7. Anyone who can do the best job that they're able and who'll feature Myriam Ould-Braham as much as possible. I feel about her as I do about Svetlana Zakharova/Olga Smirnova/Alyona Kovalyova at the Bolshoi and did about Ulyana Lopatkina at the Mariinsky. They are one of a kind gems. And I'd love to see a lot more of her. If there are serious issues to be redressed at the POB then I wouldn't know whom to suggest, but I would hope that it would be the most capable and sympathetic person possible. Since there is in fact a Director, Aurelie Dupont, then maybe she deserves all the support possible, unless things really seem needing of another person.
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    Is Alyona Kovalyova "Zvezda" material ??

    And now a brief return to Topic since you've pointed us in this direction, Mnacenani. Alyona *Swan* will be doing another coveted debut, “La Bayadere”, May 2, and I know that you’re planning to be there. Hope that it’s a great one for you. In the company of Svetlana Zakharova and Olga Smirnova (and Ekaterina Krysanova and Yulia Stepanova) no less. Wow ! Alyona *Swan* ? Well I’ve just been watching video clips of Galina Ulanova and Ulyana Lopatkina in Fokine’s Swan and Alyona Kovalyova in her second Swan Lake, White Swan duet. These two works run together for me. Swans, I guess, have become something magically beautiful in ballet. I think that she’s on her way to being the most purely beautiful ballerina in the world, in the company of Oxana Skorik. She may be there already. And she has a wonderful youthfulness that contrasts to Oxana Skorik’s remarkable maturity. In addition, she may also be on her way to being one of the most beautiful Mariinsky ballerinas ever, except that she’s doing it at the Bolshoi. Alyona *Swan*. Yes, I do believe so.
  9. Thanks, Vs1. I assume "m" is Myriam Ould-Braham. I'll add since I'm thinking about it that tickets for the 'classics' seem to sell out immediately.
  10. Looks delightful, Quinten. Thank you. Would really have liked to have seen Xenia Ziganshina and especially Alyona Kovalyova listed as well. There seems to be a nice good will even among the company 'transplants.' Svetlana Zakharova has always seemed to be welcomed back at the Mariinsky for performances and at least once, it appeared, stepped in at the last minute when a Festival replacement was needed. Olga Smirnova made Mariinsky appearances almost immediately after moving to the Bolshoi.
  11. I just watched a few minutes of the Bolshoi facade projections, Mnacenani, but it looks great. I'll try to watch the rest and also see the real thing someday.
  12. I don’t really understand what this means, Vs1, after partially quoting my post. Maybe you could elaborate. Thanks. When I wrote that Aurélie Dupont “seemed to like (?) Myriam Ould-Braham, whom I consider to be one of the most underused jewels of the ballet world” her liking was only based on my very sketchy feelings, nothing more and not intended to be a statement of certainty. Aurélie Dupont was listed as the ‘coach’ for a La Bayadere that featured Myriam Ould-Braham. Whether she had special involvement with her I don’t know, but she was at least overseeing what turned out to be a wonderful performance by Myriam Ould-Braham, in my opinion. Also last December Myriam Ould-Braham was given three or four appearances in the long Swan Lake series, but so, admittedly, were a couple other ballerinas. But this was the most that I’d ever seen Myriam Ould-Braham given. I’ll add that I would have gladly taken the six hour train ride to Paris to see her, as I did for her La Bayadere, but tickets at a reasonable price were not available, at least from the POB site.
  13. Thanks so much for your post, Its the mom. Glad to hear that Rolando Sarabia is happy and doing well. I talked to him very briefly once when he was with Miami City Ballet and I told him that I thought that he might be one of the greatest. And to get back to Topic, thanks for your thoughts about Maria.
  14. So the Sarabia saga continues. How was he, by the way? I'll say again that I thought that he could become one of the greatest and I guess he makes an ongoing interesting look at the freelance life. In regard to Maria, I do have to disagree, although our viewing experiences may have been quite different. As I posted earlier, I found one of her Swan Lakes with ABT to be one of the finest ballet performances that I've ever seen and I've seen some great ones as I'm sure you have as well being based in Moscow. The several other times that I've seen her I was also highly impressed.
  15. When I think of freelancing Rolando Sarabia always come to mind. Being a superstar in Cuba and a potential one at the Miami City Ballet he apparently decided to leave and go the freelance route. I thought after Miami City Ballet he could be excellent at a place like ABT, perhaps becoming one of the greatest if he stayed put and focussed. Cristian suggested at the time that he probably preferred the idea of freelancing. He may now have settled at The Washington Ballet. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolando_Sarabia His could be an interesting story as well about freelancing.