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On 4/5/2018 at 3:42 PM, Drew said:

Hope this stays up long enough for me to watch.

A wee bit disappointed/surprised Kim didn't get to dance one of the Acts. Some video of him in the role of Ferkhad is online and rather stunning.

Since the performance was in honour of professor Abdiev, he was the one in charge of choosing the dancers, one guesses that the dancers featured on the broadcast are his favourites.

 

Could not agree more with MadameP,  it's his gala and I respect him but what a horrible cast, the greatest Shiryn on earth is Osmolkina and I can not stand to see Terioshkina as Banu, also agree on Evseeva, not a Shiryn and Askerov as Ferkhad? Yermakov put him to shame.  Best thing about the broadcast was the interview with Komleva and Terekhova. 

 

On 4/26/2018 at 3:44 PM, MadameP said:

 As for Romeo and Juliet, Ivanchenko as Romeo  ... REALLY???  He should have retired long ago...   And Tereshkina is too knowing to be an tomboyish young Juliet.   Batoeva is a wonderful Juliet - but she wasn't chosen.  Of course,  Abdiev and Selyutsky were being honoured in these broadcasts, explaining some of the choices, but I think it made for dismal viewing...

I will never be able to figure out how Ivanchenko (or as I call him "Zombiechenko" is a Mariinsky principal and why a dancer as mediocre as him gets more principal performances that dancers on top shape, because as MadameP says :he should have retired.......And I'd add: "20 years ago!". Terioshkina and Matvienko SHOULD NOT dance Juliet.  

It was great to see Kolb -who sadly gave up too soon on the classics- dancing Romeo once again, even if his once amazingly subtle acting is now very affected, which I guess is the consequence of being a de facto character dancer now. 

 

Still, I was sad to see so much mediocre dancers as principals, the best dancers as "forever soloists" and so many poor casting choices.

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Maria Iliushkina debuted her Variation Act I in Raymonda's Dream about a week ago. From video clips she looks like someone to keep an eye on. She's quite lovely. 

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22 minutes ago, Buddy said:

Maria Iliushkina debuted her Variation Act I in Raymonda's Dream about a week ago. From video clips she looks like someone to keep an eye on. She's quite lovely. 

I’m interested in seeing how Illiushkina develops as well....

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How did you find out about her, if I can ask ?  😊

She seems to have some video recognition which is how I found her about two years ago. I've not seen her on stage.

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32 minutes ago, Buddy said:

How did you find out about her, if I can ask ?  😊

She seems to have some video recognition which is how I found her about two years ago. I've not seen her on stage.

Same here--youtube channels in my case.

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As a followup to The Legend of Love live broadcast of April 5, discussed here, this was the next day. It has a lot of lovely dancing by Maria Shirinkina and a very brief but excellent section with Oxana Skorik (17:00)  Andrey Ermakov is featured.

Added comment: Andrey Ermakov's characterization is so different here from the day before, that I hardly recognize him. This one is fine, but the day before I thought was exceptional.

(posted by Andrey Ermakov)

 

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In the ‘For What It’s Worth’ department.

In the classics often the beauty of the Corps de Ballet goes so unnoticed by me during any lead dancing. If my attention isn’t 100% on the lead ballerina, I feel that I’m missing the essence.

I really appreciate for instance how much importance George Balanchine gave to these dancers by letting them stand alone or interact with the leads.

Tonight for a brief segment towards the end of Oxana Skorik’s dancing (above video) I had the very unusual experience with a ‘classic’ of taking in this interaction. The corps de ballet women in the background have very statuesque, slowly and carefully timed, dramatic and clearly articulated moves. Thus it’s possible to completely focus on Oxana Skorik and still take in the very well defined background action. It’s all part of the same picture. In a painting, no problem. In something where all the parts are alive and one is totally featured in motion, not so easy. In this segment it all moved as one and reflected and played off what the other was doing.

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As an example of what I mean about George Balanchine featuring everyone (above post) here’s a look at his Walpurgisnacht Ballet. Even the lead becomes part of the Corps de Ballet and doesn’t try to outshine the others. I’m not saying that there shouldn’t be absolute-center-of-attention stars — I wouldn’t want to live without them — but this is certainly a fine way of giving everyone some well deserved prominence.

This is the first officially posted example that I could fine

 

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Well, another one of  my ‘sunshine ballerinas’ has made a major artistic step. Renata Shakirova debuted last night as Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty). There are a couple video clips on the internet.

What delights and almost fascinates me is how delicately beautiful is her performance of the technically challenging (her strength and done very well) entrance dancing.

Next stop, hopefully, Swan Lake.

 

(thanks to Sophia at Dansomanie for finding all this)

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Is this a debut? I had vaguely thought she had danced Aurora before with the company (not just Act I w. the school) .... ?

 

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Shakirova has  been dancing Aurora for a while. Not a debut at all. 

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She posted this yesterday, Gnossie and Drew, on Instagram,

 

renata__shakirova As T.Udalenkova said,

today I passed the Ballerina exam☺️. The premiere of "Sleeping Beauty"

#mariinskytheatre #thesleepingbeauty #avrora #ballet #danceeveryday

 

(renata__shakirovaКак сказала Т.А.Удаленкова, сегодня я сдала экзамен на Балерину☺️ Премьера «Спящая Красавица» #mariinskytheatre #thesleepingbeauty #avrora #ballet #danceeveryday)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bip7F7QANwp/?hl=en&taken-by=renata__shakirova

In any case i was very impressed with the loveliness (and proficiency, as usual) of her entry dancing as seen for several minutes only on video.

(There was some afterthought at Dansomanie that she may have danced this on tour before, but not at the Mariinsky, and it wasn’t announced on the Mariinsky program as being a debut. )

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Yes,  I should have clarified, this was her debut at the Mariinsky but she had danced the role before, I think in Shanghai.

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Aurora was actually the role Shakirova danced at her Vaganova graduation concert:

 

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1 hour ago, canbelto said:

Aurora was actually the role Shakirova danced at her Vaganova graduation concert:

 

Actually, Shakirova danced an excerpt of Sleeping Beauty Aurora with the Vaganova school, not the complete role.

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There’s a video clip from a few days ago with Viktoria Tereshkina and Konstantin Zverev dancing a duet from Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH. I have to say that I’ve never seen her look lovelier. For me, when she’s at her best overall she also has her loveliest facial expression. Konstantin Zverev is also someone that I like a lot. In the last few years he’s been getting many well deserved leads, but always in 'anything not classical.’

I’ve seen maybe six or more works by Alexei Ratmansky. The ones that I generally enjoy most are his original ones. He has a touch with the ‘hard to define.’ I’ve read reviews that often say ‘I’ll have to see this one several times more to decide.’ Most of the ones that I like, I like immediately, although I can’t necessarily describe them.

This duet from Concerto DSCH is like that. I notice new things each time that I watch it. I see that it’s so carefully structured like objects of art being displayed. There's no overt feeling of interaction. Yet Viktoria Tereshkina will look up at times with complete longing in her eyes. The sculpture that she becomes is classical in its isolated perfection yet reaches out at times as if embracing the heavens. Konstantin Zverev is always caringly attentive. Nothing more seems needed. I notice the interaction more than I usually do. The ballerina doesn't demand the complete attention that I usually feel. The group dancers are also entranced and entrancing. I’ve mainly seen dancers from ‘Russia’ performing his works and they appear to best understand and represent them.

Alexei Ratmansky seems able to get immersed in the inner dimensions of human essence and almost indefinably make them wonderful statements of artistic imagery that touch the deepest of feelings and awareness.

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Just a few words more about the performance that I mentioned in my previous post.

I’ve watched the video maybe ten times and I think that it’s absolutely lovely, both for its choreography and performance. The theme certainly is Love and predominantly its dignity.

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The Buddys

It’s a beautiful Spring day for the giddys. Or is it actually Summer, which would make it seeming like Spring very consistent with the giddys — or the Buddys.

The Buddys are an award the just fell out of the sky for no particular reason at no particular time and of no particular significance except for the exceptionally exceptional beauty of its winners.

This award goes to the * Most Beautiful Dancers in The World Today * — * this moment * there are Four * Most Beautiful Dancers in The World Today * who, because of frame of reference, Spring giddiness perhaps, idea of beauty and alignment of the stars, all come from the Mariinsky.

Oxana Skoirik — Perhaps the most beautifully moving creature in the world.

Alina Somova — Perhaps the equal of Oxana Skorik, except that she appears less and confuses the picture by being so exceptional in so many different ways.

Alyona Kovalyova — Also perhaps the Mariinsky’s (ie World’s) most beautiful dancer, except that she’s doing it at the Bolshoi.

Maria Iliushkina — Recipient of this year’s Emerging Enchanting Golden Butterfly Award for A Young Goddess.

 

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A discussion of the Mariinsky’s young and very talented in-house choreographer, Maxim Petrov,

http://balletalert.invisionzone.com/topic/43787-bach-to-broadway/?tab=comments#comment-400222

has brought this to mind.

Viktoria Brilyova

Coryphee — Not forgotten

https://www.mariinsky.ru/en/company/ballet/coryphees/coryphees_woman/brilyova1

In one of his very first works, “Cinema,” and certainly one of his best and most charming, she is featured alongside Andrei Yermakov. She’s brilliantly delightful. Hopefully there is a place at the Mariinsky to feature her again (and again), she really deserves it.

 

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The extremely talented and drop-dead gorgeous Brilyova is on maternity leave. 

 

I doubt Fateyev will give her the opportunities she deserves since he hates Vaganova graduates. 

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Hopefully she'll be as fine a mother as she is "extremely talented and drop-dead gorgeous." I wish her all the best.

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3 minutes ago, cubanmiamiboy said:

The blond and the blonder. A very blond Giselle. MERDE!

Albrecht can be blonde but Jizel never !!  👎

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1 hour ago, mnacenani said:

Albrecht can be blonde but Jizel never !!  👎

Yes, she can be! She's Prussian after all!😍

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