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Tiara

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
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    London
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  1. There are Vaganova children in so many Mariinsky productions so they are exposed to stagecraft from their 1st year in exactly the same way. I think if we are to differentiate between more mime/acting type roles and character dancing type roles, then the greatest ballet actor is Ilya Kuznetsov. I have never seen a ballet actor like him - he is completely magnetic and commanding and becomes every character he portrays with such realism. There are so many roles he is just the best ever in for me, and especially, In the Fountain of Bakhchisarai, his Ghirei is powerful and tragic, and never fail
  2. The Mariinsky's character dancers are superb, and the list of Principal Character Artists on the roster is just the tip of the iceberg, the elite of the greatly talented body of character dancers that exists just in the corps alone. Watch Oleg Demchenko's fiery Indian dance, or the exquisite, sinuous arms of Yulia Kobzar as the Egyptian in Spartacus; Boris Zhurilov in the Hungarian in Swan Lake; Anastasia Zaklinskaya as an Odalisque in Sheherazade; all the corps dancers who perform in any of the national dances in Swan Lake, for example, or the crowd scenes in Romeo and Juliet. These are jus
  3. "Character" is such an interesting category and one in which Mariinsky is quite simply unsurpassed. I have to say that out of the current character artistes, Elena Bazhenova is outstanding. I have seen her many, many times and she is always superb. Think of all the variety of roles she does! Everything from Madge and Carabosse to Queen Mother! And then the dancing roles - Gypsy, Mercedes, Hungarian - you name it and she is wonderful in it, and she is also a beautiful woman. She is a great example to the up and coming character dancers, and she will be an indispensable coach. She is a
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    Yulia Stepanova

    Yes - I absolutely agree! Yulia Stepanova as Zarema and Oksana Marchuk as Maria Yulia Stepanova as Mekhmene Banu and Oksana Marchuk as Shyrin Two of my dream castings for Yulia/Oksana!
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    Yulia Stepanova

    Yulia's bio page on the Mariinsky website shows two October performances - a debut as the Mare in Little Humped Back Horse on 10th October, and another performance of Sylvia on 25th October. While at least the role of Mare is a debut, it is a shame she could not have had a debut as Zarema in the other ballet heavily featured at the beginning of the month - Fountain of Bakhchisaria. This would be a wonderful role for her dramatic, expressive qualities and also would show off her jumps, back flexibility and those amazing arms. I hope so much this season she can have many more principal rol
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    Skorik

    I think Oxana Skorik has a real problem with that left ankle. That was a calamitous performance. Bad fouettes and bad ballonnes and numerous mistakes - whether these are because of underlying faulty technique or physical limitations, or both, she is very lucky that the current Acting Artistic Director has a forgiving nature.
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    Yulia Stepanova

    No, just saying it's an iconic move in O/O that Stepanova hasn't mastered yet, so maybe criticisms of her performance aren't just out of ignorance or stupidity. Actually, I must say here that I have seen all three of Yulia's Swan Lakes - her debut in St Petersburg and the third one in London actually in person, and her second performance on video, and her frappes in London were better than her debut.
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    Yulia Stepanova

    Yes, I can confirm that there were certainly many cheers from the audience for Yulia's White Swan and throughout the performance.
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    Yulia Stepanova

    Yes - I realize the British CAN appreciate delicacy, subtlety, gentleness and poetry! I am British myself. On this occasion, however, plainly some British critics did not, for whatever reasons.
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    Yulia Stepanova

    Yulia Stepanova's Swan Lake performance on 2nd August is the best Odette/Odile I ever saw. I am very happy to have been there and only wish she could be filmed in this role, so that everybody could see it. She entered to silence from the audience, but by the end of the White Swan adagio, the audience was applauding and cheering and bravo-ing. I think never on the Covent Garden stage has there been a ballerina who has the totally instinctive and natural flow of movement and suppleness throughout her upper body and arms. Her arms and hands were truly breathtaking and moving seamlessly and
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    Yulia Stepanova

    Yes, I am going to Yulia's rescheduled performance on 2nd August, and will report back. There is much buzz about her here in the UK, and every poster outside the Royal Opera House is of Yulia as The Firebird, which she is performing on 11th August! Finally, rightfully, this wonderful ballerina is getting some of the attention she deserves.
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    Yulia Stepanova

    I was present at this debut, and rate Stepanova's Odette/Odile as the best I have seen. Her portrayal was truly miraculous - there is no other dancer in Mariinsky who has her expressiveness, her beautiful arms and upper body and the flow of arms. Her Odette was tender, gentle and feminine, flowing through her movement and her Odile was bewitching and glamorous with particularly fine variation and great fouettes. It was an unbelievable performance, and she had great applause from the audience and also an unbelievable amount of flowers. I count myself lucky to have seen what is a historic de
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    Skorik

    I love watching Oksana Marchuk - she is one of my favourites, and a beautiful classical ballerina with an imcomparable, radiant presence on stage. When I watch Mariinsky I always look out for her, but it is not hard, since her gifts make her very noticeable on stage! I would hate for her to leave Mariinsky though - wahtever problems it may be having, it is still the greatest ballet company in the world, and the greatest stage for the greatest dancers!
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    Skorik

    Unfortunately, this is also what is happening on the male roster, with Mickey Mouse frequently cast in the lead. The principal ranks are decidedly lacklustre, with aging dancers repeatedly cast, such as Ivanchenko, while the new and up and coming talent is denied its chances. On June 6th the new 3D Swan Lake will be seen by millions, and in the role of Siegfried will be Timur Askerov, who in my opinion is a very average dancer, characterized by stiff upper body, lack of expression and no acting ability. He is not even a true representative of the Vaganova/Mariinsky tradition, having gradu
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    Skorik

    With regard to Skorik representing the "new" Mariinsky aesthetic - well, this is an interesting point. Fateev is actually considered by many of the dancers to be an unforgiving person, so I think that if he had total freedom concerning Skorik, he would not have allowed her to carry on making one terrible mistake after another. I believe there are some other factors at play here. And Fateev may prefer tall, skinny, leggy girls, but this is only his preference, and I believe that once he leaves, this "look" will no longer become so desired, simply because there are just too many girls within
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