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elena

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  1. Thank you, you put into words what I could not. I’m a xennial myself, but I also feel mortified while reading people worry about the men involved. Taking and circulating naked photos with no consent? If true, that in itself should mean those people should never work in NYCB again, though I guess suspension is considered enough by the administration for such a violation.
  2. This is expected but makes me very sad. I never got to see her live, but I watched and bought as many of her performances as I could find. I think of her as an intelligent and intuitive artist, both in her approach to dance and the roles she took/avoided. So musical and elegant... a Swan Queen for the books.
  3. I definitely can see what Mearns POV was when she tweeted those things (and it's a human reaction.) As someone mentioned, she may have a different outlook some years from now when she isn't in the middle of it all. My issue is that, when addressing what Burke wrote, both she and Macaulay misrepresent what she said as they argued against it; they make her article seem superficial when it isn't. That doesn't do a real service towards defending the work either. Artists are free to create work but an essential part of art is what the viewer feels as well.
  4. I haven't seen the ballet but I thought Burke explained her point well. She challenged the shallowness with which she perceived the violent acts against women were handled in the work. That's a valid critique. Women's role in ballet is complicated, but I do feel in this day and age some new works can feel dated on the gender front when choreographers unconsciously rely on the - not sure what to call it - antiquated standard ballet vocabulary (ie woman suffers violent act and in response slaps the man in the face and everything carries on; uninventive choreography that
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    Olga Smirnova

    I just got back from watchinng Smirnova in SB - we receive the broadcasts later in Puerto Rico - and I loved it. I enjoyed Olga Smirnova a lot - and indeed way more than I expected. She is not a typical Aurora either, but she makes it work in her favor more than Zakharova does (in my humble opinion). You can tell she and Chudin dance a lot together, she trusts him and lets go. I hope their dance partnership continues to grow. Stepanova was as beautiful, graceful and protective as I expected her to be in her role of Lilac Fairy. I went with a friend who ha
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    Evgenia Obraztsova

    Helene thanks for the nice summary! I found it nice to watch, though the subtitles were a bit quick at times - it's still appreciated to have subtitles at all. Here is a recent interview, where she talks about Filin, his injuries, and speaks out about issues at the Mariinsky with Fateyev, among other topics. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/3638845e-e323-11e2-bd87-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2Y7kgALqz
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    Evgenia Obraztsova

    These were recently posted on the same channel, but with english subtitles
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    Olga Smirnova

    Personally I don't see her as cold in these clips (just my opinion). I thought it was a lovely debut from her and hope she gets to dance it more and keep developing.
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    Evgenia Obraztsova

    I echo your thoughts. She was delicate and completely controlled, and yet looked so innocent, just as Aurora should. Is she wearing a salmon-pink dress to match her red hair? I think the dress looks different than the candy pink color that Sveta wore. It could be because of the camera, though it does look a different shade of pink
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    Evgenia Obraztsova

    Genia truly shines as Aurora, I always love to see clips of her dance this... I wish that the the BT broadcast and thus the DVD had her instead of Sveta (though I don't even remember if she was with BT at that point, a girl can wish).
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    Evgenia Obraztsova

    A longer clip, for those who want to see
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    Evgenia Obraztsova

    Thanks for sharing those links... personally I enjoyed her interpretation in the monologue a lot. She seemed to have issues in the veil section, though I hesitate to judge her entire performance based on the trickiest part. I hope they give her an opportunity to keep developing the role; having a debut such as this, and under the circumstances of what recently happened with Filin, could not have been easy. I imagine she was quite nervous (yes I am biased).
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    Evgenia Obraztsova

    Posting here a video I just came across of Obraztsova rehearsing Bayadère with Gracheva I am so happy she is getting the opportunity, perhaps I am biased because I do enjoy her dancing so much.
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    Skorik

    I agree! I also think they should have tried to keep Smirnova but oh well, it makes sense for them to go elsewhere though it is a real loss for the Mariinsky. It speaks volumes that neither of them ended up deciding to join the company... in my opinion anyway.
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    Skorik

    There is this Russian program on now where different dancers compete (called "Big [bolshoi] Ballet") and Skorik was supposed to be the partner of Ermakov representing Mariinsky, but at the last minute she dropped out and Tereshkina had to guest with Ermakov in her place. They had a bit explaining why but as I do not understand Russian... some say it is because she was too insecure and felt weaker than other competitors (such as Smirnova, Shapran, Tikhomirova, etc.) but who knows, another person reported she said on her FB she was having knee issues. Episode 1, the bit about Skorik and Fateev
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    Evgenia Obraztsova

    Finally clips of her Odette have surfaced on YT on this channel: http://www.youtube.c...l?feature=watch Thought I would post about it here for others who might have wanted to see it They posted 6 clips including Odile, just including 2 in this post so it is not too long for the forum page. I personally think she did a lovely job and if given the chance she could certainly keep developing in this role. I don't find it hard to accept someone short as O/O though (it seems some do)... people accept really tall Auroras so why not...
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