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Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema 2018-2019

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Just now, DD6948 said:

He looks waaaaay too young for her. I think the age gap between David and Genia doesn't make it believable.

I didn't mean David¬†ūüėä. ¬†

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Just now, Quinten said:

I didn't mean David¬†ūüėä. ¬†

It's true, Genia will be lovely in this role, and it will be her first time performing it I believe?

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After watching the broadcast, I was very happy that I saved my hard earned cash and did not spend over a hundred dollars to see it in person. The whole ballet is not a very exciting one to begin with, there is no drama to feel along with, and for a light-hearted comedic spectacle it is neither particularly funny, nor very entertaining. To give credit to the production, the sets and costumes are well made and the choreography is intricate. Too bad that the protagonists focused so much on executing the steps to the detriment of their delivery, so their performance lacked the sparkle and dazzle that was necessary there. Not to disrespect Shrayner, but the difference between her and a big time ballerina like Evgeniya Obraztsova is exactly that: she does not have the same stage presence and natural charisma that makes a prima stand out and dazzle an audience. Instead, Rita looked like a school girl who had successfully passed an exam and felt relieved that about not getting shouted at by her parents at home. I thought that Artem Ovcharenko was holding his emotions back behind a plastered smile, dancing almost mundanely, as if performing a chore. In this Coppelia he lost a comparison to himself in Maillot's Nutcracker which was broadcast on Mezzo TV on the same evening.

And the four soloists looked decidedly average, each in her own way. Anastasia Denisova, who I regard as one of the most beautiful girls in the world ballet, was tentative and unsure, slurring many of her steps and movements. I really like her, but a dancer's good looks can only take one so far. Kruteleva is known for her a nice jump and energy, but to my taste her lines and movements lack refinement. Chapkina showed limited musicality, compensated for with plentiful vulgarity and unsighly positioning. It is such a shame when a dancer is gifted with wonderful physique that goes to waste because of lack of schooling and good taste. Out of the four, only Daria Bochkova displayed a Bolshoi-worthy combination of skill and expressiveness, to me she is one of the most solid performers of solo roles in Bolshoi's CdB today.

Overall, I thought this was an unremarkable production and performance, and I am glad to have been able to check this box for free and move on to more interesting things.

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Saw this at my local cinema yesterday. Vikharev’s production remains one of the most exquisite Coppelias around, along with NYCB’s Balanchine version. Alas, ITA with Fleurdelis about Schrainer’s underwhelming performance. She comes across as a guffawing novice with minimal finesse. Nothing like the true ballerinas who I saw live in this production a few years ago: Osipova, Alexandrova, Kaptsova. Neither is Ovcharenko up to his usual good performance. The A3 soloists were just ok. 

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Choreographically, "Copp√©lia" of Marius Petipa¬†leaves little doubt that it¬†is inferior to that of Saint-L√©on's, if Sergue√Į Vikharev faithfully restored it from the notation;¬†there was quite a bit of¬†talk about¬†it in the corridors¬†of the¬†recent Moscow Petipa conference.

Margaux Shrainer was, in my eyes, an ideal Swanilda, fresh, youthful, light, and bright as sun light. I saw all four casts over the last couple of weeks, Shrainer twice, and Shrainer turned out to be the best choice overall. I don't also recall seeing Artem Ovcharenko in a better form recently, and he was a good match for Margaux. Hardly anybody disappointed. A lovely performance of a light, entertaining ballet whose choreography could have more finesse.

Heavyweights Osipova, Alexandrova as Swanilda ?? Well, this ballet is about something entirely different.

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