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  2. Over here there is some interest in Zakharova because she is a name and has an international career, on the other hand Obraztsove has danced with the Royal Ballet and is therefore better known. Male dancers don't receive flowers in London except perhaps at a last performance prior to retirement. Generally speaking the London audience responds to warmth/strong personalities, the hard Russian ice queens aren't admired. Also I fear the Russian Dancer cachet goes for very little now that we have home grown stars of our own
  3. He was the longest running dance critic in San Francisco, writing for the Chron, and many other publications.
  4. I’ve never sat closer than row D—and that was because my daughter was on stage and I wanted to see every facial expression. If it helps at all, when ABT comes Kevin McKenzie and Alexei Ratmansky sit in row L or M. The seating chart can mislead a little because as you get further back the section angles. Once you get to row K and further back you want to sit as far to the right (looking at the website seating chart) as possible if you like to be in the center.
  5. I am one of those people who likes to sit close but I would avoid the front row at the Segerstrom Hall. Not only because it is too close to the stage, especially for classical pieces such as La Bayadere, but mainly because of the design of the barrier that separates the orchestra pit from the seats. It doesn’t go all the way to the floor leaving a gap so that the lights that musicians use to illuminate their score sheets can be quite distracting. I would also make sure to not select a seat directly behind the conductor.
  6. Indeed! Excited for Tereshkina. Also, very excited for the Friends casting. Nagahisa, Ionova and Nuykina were kinda a given (nor am I overly excited for them, but whatever) but Illiushkina, Borodulina, and Khiteeva! Very, very excited for them— however there appears to be a typo/confusion on the casting regarding Lukina/Illiushkina/Nagahisa on the list of variations for Grand Pas. Either way, this will be the first time American audiences will be seeing Khiteeva, Illiushkina and Borodulina in prominent Soloist roles, and as I’ve been following those three for quite some time, I am very excited to see them in action.
  7. Hello @Batsuchan Yes indeed! I just saw the Royal Ballet and we were in Orchestra seats H41 and H40 and they were fantastic. I imagine that any seat closer toward the center in the orchestra are great. I probably would aim for rows C-L or so. However my seats were off to the left quite a bit and I still had amazing visibility.
  8. @Xiaoyi It is my pleasure! She is a gorgeous dancer indeed! In fact I just read up on her and see that she had danced on the Primorsky Stage at the Mariinsky.https://prim.mariinsky.ru/en/company/persons/ballet/ballet_mt/soo_bin_lee
  9. Single tickets go on sale on August 5, in case anyone is interested. No casting has been posted yet. I've never been to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion--do any LA natives have advice on where to sit? I usually like to sit fairly close to the stage in the orchestra, but if there isn't much of an incline, or if the seats are not staggered, I probably will sit elsewhere... Thanks in advance!
  10. Interesting... No Kondaurova in "Paquita" at the Kennedy Center (how disappointing!), but she will be dancing in Bayadere. I'm glad to see Tereshkina will be dancing since we missed her at the Kennedy Center in April.
  11. Thank you so much for the information. I hope that she will get the main roles soon.
  12. I saw him live twice in the early 80s, in Ernani at the Met and in a recital. Both were unforgettable, thrilling. The voice was so beautiful, so expressive, and the diction flawless, every word intelligible. No "Yes, Giorgio" was not mentioned. The documentary was really fantastic. Although I knew most of the facts, I thought it was extremely well done and Pavarotti's own words were very welcome. I thought his dedication of an aria to Lady Diana was touching and they really seemed to have a rapport.
  13. I looked on the BB site but don't see her yet. There's been a noticeable exodus from the company. Kuranaga went to San Francisco Ballet; Breen Combes retired and also Chalendard. Of the soloists, Burassi is going to Canada and it looks as though a few other soloists left too. I don't yet see any new principals or soloists. I would love to know if there's a specific reason for the drain.
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  15. @Marta That I don't know. I'd be guessing corps. I know she has had a few injuries, IIUC.
  16. Casting for their Bayadere in Berkeley has been posted: https://calperformances.org/performances/2019-20/special-events/mariinsky-ballet-and-orchestra-la-bayadere.php
  17. Is anyone familiar with the seating of Segerstrom Hall? I am looking at the seating chart (https://www.scfta.org/scfta/media/General/visit/campus/segerstromhallseating.pdf), is the Orchestra front row AA too close? Thanks!
  18. Casting: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~PRINCIPAL CASTING (subject to change)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tue., Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m.Paquita: Viktoria TereshkinaAndrés: Timur AskerovCristina: Yekaterina ChebykinaCarducha: Renata ShakirovaYoung Gypsy Man: Roman BelyakovClemente: David ZaleyevPaquita’s Friends: May Nagahisa, Vlada Borodulina, Anastasia Nuikina, Daria IonovaGrand Pas Variations (Act III)1. by Anna Pavlova in the ballet King Candaules: May Nagahisa2. Le Corsaire: Vlada Borodulina3. by Alexandra Shaposhnikova in the ballet Paquita: Anastasia Nuikina4. by Maria Gorshenkova in the ballet King Candaules: Daria Ionova5. From the ballet Camargo: Yekaterina Chebykina6. by Anna Johansson in the ballet Paquita: Viktoria TereshkinaWed., Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m.Paquita: Maria Khoreva Andrés: Konstantin ZverevCristina: Maria ShirinkinaCarducha: Maria BulanovaYoung Gypsy Man: Alexander RomanchikovClemente: Victor CaixetaPaquita’s Friends: Anastasia Lukina, Alexandra Khiteeva, Yekaterina Petrova, Yana SelinaGrand Pas Variations (Act III)1. by Anna Pavlova in the ballet King Candaules: Anastasia Lukina2. Le Corsaire: Alexandra Khiteeva3. by Alexandra Shaposhnikova in the ballet Paquita: Yekaterina Petrova4. by Maria Gorshenkova in the ballet King Candaules: Yana Selina5. From the ballet Camargo: Maria Shirinkina6. by Anna Johansson in the ballet Paquita: Maria KhorevaThu., Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m.Paquita: Nadezhda BatoevaAndrés: Xander ParishCristina: Yekaterina ChebykinaCarducha: Renata ShakirovaYoung Gypsy Man: Roman BelyakovClemente: David ZaleyevPaquita’s Friends: May Nagahisa, Vlada Borodulina, Anastasia Nuikina, Daria IonovaGrand Pas Variations (Act III)1. by Anna Pavlova in the ballet King Candaules: May Nagahisa2. Le Corsaire: Vlada Borodulina3. by Alexandra Shaposhnikova in the ballet Paquita: Anastasia Nuikina4. by Maria Gorshenkova in the ballet King Candaules: Daria Ionova5. From the ballet Camargo: Yekaterina Chebykina6. by Anna Johansson in the ballet Paquita: Nadezhda BatoevaFri., Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m.Paquita: Maria Khoreva Andrés: Konstantin ZverevCristina: Maria ShirinkinaCarducha: Maria BulanovaYoung Gypsy Man: Alexander RomanchikovClemente: Victor CaixetaPaquita’s Friends: Anastasia Lukina, Alexandra Khiteeva, Yekaterina Petrova, Yana SelinaGrand Pas Variations (Act III)1. by Anna Pavlova in the ballet King Candaules: Maria Iliushkina2. Le Corsaire: Alexandra Khiteeva3. by Alexandra Shaposhnikova in the ballet Paquita: Yekaterina Petrova4. by Maria Gorshenkova in the ballet King Candaules: Yana Selina5. From the ballet Camargo: Maria Shirinkina6. by Anna Johansson in the ballet Paquita: Maria KhorevaSat., Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m.Paquita: Viktoria TereshkinaAndrés: Timur AskerovCristina: Yekaterina ChebykinaCarducha: Renata ShakirovaYoung Gypsy Man: Roman BelyakovClemente: David ZaleyevPaquita’s Friends: Maria Iliushkina Vlada Borodulina, Anastasia Nuikina, Daria IonovaGrand Pas Variations (Act III)1. by Anna Pavlova in the ballet King Candaules: May Nagahisa2. Le Corsaire: Vlada Borodulina3. by Alexandra Shaposhnikova in the ballet Paquita: Anastasia Nuikina4. by Maria Gorshenkova in the ballet King Candaules: Daria Ionova5. From the ballet Camargo: Yekaterina Chebykina6. by Anna Johansson in the ballet Paquita: Viktoria TereshkinaSat., Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.Paquita: Nadezhda BatoevaAndrés: Xander ParishCristina: Maria ShirinkinaCarducha: Maria BulanovaYoung Gypsy Man: Alexander RomanchikovClemente: Victor CaixetaPaquita’s Friends: Anastasia Lukina, Alexandra Khiteeva, Yekaterina Petrova, Yana SelinaGrand Pas Variations (Act III)1. by Anna Pavlova in the ballet King Candaules: Anastasia Lukina2. Le Corsaire: Alexandra Khiteeva3. by Alexandra Shaposhnikova in the ballet Paquita: Yekaterina Petrova4. by Maria Gorshenkova in the ballet King Candaules: Yana Selina5. From the ballet Camargo: Maria Shirinkina6. by Anna Johansson in the ballet Paquita: Nadezhda BatoevaSun., Oct. 13 at 1:30 p.m.Paquita: Maria KhorevaAndrés: Konstantin ZverevCristina: Yekaterina ChebykinaCarducha: Renata ShakirovaYoung Gypsy Man: Roman Belyakov Clemente: David Zaleyev Paquita’s Friends: May Nagahisa, Vlada Borodulina, Anastasia Nuikina, Daria IonovaGrand Pas Variations (Act III)1. by Anna Pavlova in the ballet King Candaules: May Nagahisa2. Le Corsaire: Vlada Borodulina3. by Alexandra Shaposhnikova in the ballet Paquita: Anastasia Nuikina 4. by Maria Gorshenkova in the ballet King Candaules: Daria Ionova5. From the ballet Camargo: Yekaterina Chebykina 6. by Anna Johansson in the ballet Paquita: Maria Khoreva
  19. It last year is anything to go by, it was announced at the end of August. Like you, I'm also hesitant to buy tickets until casting is out.
  20. Zakharova is immensely popular in Moscow, and claques at the Bolshoi are very real things. But I don't see how Zakharova supporters could compel other members of the audience from responding to Obraztsova if that's what they wanted to do. My impression is that Bolshoi audiences have never really warmed to Obraztsova. If memory serves, I've seen eight of her performances this season, and looking through the snapshots on my phone, each time her partner received more flowers than she did. I don't think Zakharova fans would go so far as to supply Obraztsova's partners with flowers. What they spend on Zakharova's massive bouquets would be enough to break most budgets. When conversation has turned to Obraztsova, my Muscovite acquaintances tend to speak of her as technical and correct, but not engaging. "Not my ballerina" is a phrase I hear often. For the record, neither Obraztsova nor Zakharova speaks to me, and I don't go out of my way to see either of them, although my instinct to avoid Zakharova is stronger.
  21. Box office opened today but there are no cast listings. Does anyone know if and when those will be posted? Not that the cast listed will still be the same dancers in October as announced in July or August! I am hesitant to buy tickets until I know who is expected to dance.
  22. Obraztsova is extremely beloved in Russia but has had the bad luck of being politically out-of-favor during most of her career, except for the few months when she was favored by Filin at the Bolshoi. In my long experience attending live ballet in StP and Moscow, the reports of so-called "silence" towards Obraztsova seem to come especially from Zakharova fanatics. Two different aesthetics but both have their proponents.
  23. Thanks so much for these links -- I liked Siegel's observation at the top of her review, that all writing, especially autobiography, is selective. As usual, she puts her finger on it.
  24. There’s an unofficial video clip posted today of Oxana Skorik performing The Swan (Fokine) at a non-Mariinsky gala. It’s as beautiful, personally touching and dramatically sincere as I’ve ever seen her. It’s somewhat comparable to the extremely lovely performances of this work by Yulia Makhalina when she was on tour with cellist Borislav Strulev several years ago. Here’s a look at one of those. (It’s not an official posting, but I’m showing it because similar ones were posted by Borislav Strulev of lesser video quality). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdxuV8A1Ih4
  25. dirac

    Friday, July 19

    Q&A in brief with Roman Mejia.
  26. Congrats to Ashley and Troy! Like everyone else on here, I had no idea she was pregnant when she danced in the spring season! I wish them both all the happiness in the world!
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