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She already danced it at the Bolshoi. Type "Obraztsova Nutcracker" into Youtube and you will find some clips.

Thanks for the hint!

I viewed the one that she commented about the dance. Maximova was held up by Vasiliev in one hand and he walked several steps with her. The view was spectacular. Too bad her partner isn't able to do it. Her size is like Maximova's. If he is as good as Vasiliev, I think he would have done it.

She seems to have better steps and spins than Maximova did in the 1987 video. Of course, Maximova was too old at that time. When she was younger, I guess her steps and spins were just as good as Obraztsova's.

I wish Obraztsova's full-length video can be had soon. I mean the Nutcracker. It is available yet?

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She seems to have better steps and spins than Maximova did in the 1987 video. Of course, Maximova was too old at that time. When she was younger, I guess her steps and spins were just as good as Obraztsova's.

They were better: Maximova's footwork was legendary. By the way, the "1987 video" was filmed a few years earlier (I was in there).

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Obraztsova recently delivered twins!  Congratulations to Genya and her husband, sculptor Andrei Korobtsev!

 

*Edited to add:  She had girls. 

 

Edited by Cygnet

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On 6/7/2006 at 9:05 AM, Natalia said:

On competing & winning at the 2005 Moscow IBC: This was difficult. "I had to win gold or life would be made very difficult for me at the Mariinsky, upon my return." She tells how company director Makhar Vasiyev didn't want her to compete and, essentially, gave her an ultimatum. If she went to Moscow she had to win or face "a very difficult life" back in her home theater. He cut her no slack - as soon as the medal was hung around her neck, she had to fly to Washington, DC, to dance minor roles on tour.

 

On 6/7/2006 at 10:55 AM, canbelto said:

Wow. I was horrified just reading that. It seems unbelievably cruel. And I don't understand the logic behind it either. Would not winning have been seen as a "shame" to the MT?

As noted above, Obraztsova and Vaziev go way back. The historically poor relationship between them as described in the Kazan Evening News is a more plausible reason for her not getting first cast Juliet than her recent pregnancy or the first cast ballerina being "better".  

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I have no idea why the Bolshoi casts the way it does, but I should think Ratmansky had some say in the matter of the Bolshoi premier of his ballet as well as its casting overall. And he has worked with Krysanova before ...

 

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32 minutes ago, Drew said:

I have no idea why the Bolshoi casts the way it does, but I should think Ratmansky had some say in the matter of the Bolshoi premier of his ballet as well as its casting overall. And he has worked with Krysanova before ...

Yes, as far as I can tell, Krysanova dances every Ratmansky ballet currently in the Bolshoi's repertoire, and her great leap forward--debuts as Aurora, the Lilac Fairy, Cinderella, Lyuska, Gamzatti, Zina, Odette-Odile--took place in 2006, when Ratmansky was director, so it's fair to say that he has long been interested in her dancing. 

That a number of Bolshoi principals have poor relations with Vaziev also seems obvious enough. I have read at least two interviews in which Alexandrova and Lantratov have said so quite plainly. And I am ready to believe that others feel the same way but may not be willing to say so publicly. It has to be said, though, that even setting aside a prolonged injury in 2014 and her pregnancy leave, Obraztsova wasn't getting a whole lot of stage time under Filin either, even though he was the one who hired her.

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