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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    I just enjoy ballet :)
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    Washington, D.C.
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  1. I remember Batoeva's Gamzatti in DC; it really was a highlight for me, and my mom who was with me and is not really a ballet fan.
  2. I do not have the extensive knowledge and history of others on this forum, so I cannot really answer the topic question, but I am glad to see Obraztsova mentioned. When I think of a "complete" ballerina, I do not look for someone who excels equally in everything. I look for someone who is sublime in much and excellent in all. I believe she is that. I also look for someone who is never awkward or unsure in the management of her limbs, light in movement, has body positions that appear harmonious and fluid, and it neither wooden nor overly affected in acting or stage manner. To me she is all of these. I have not found all of these qualities in some other ballerinas mentioned, who often receive more attention from management and who have much merit also. I disagree that she does not have the dramatic acting ability for many classical roles, and I do not think long limbs are necessary; it it how one uses what one has. I do not understand how she is not more used at the Bolshoi. I also think Cojocaru ranks highly and is exceptional.
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    Olga Smirnova

    I have been eagerly waiting for reviews, and am sorry your experience was not positive. I thought her SL at the Stanislavsky was superb as far as characterization, and was really looking forward to her developing more in the role.
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    Marcelo Gomes

    Thank you! That particular performance of the Onegin dream pdd is one of my favorites.
  5. I thought Obraztsova was incredibly effective as Odile. Evil, but with nuance. In the youtube video, her fouettes look secure and centered. I'm not sure I understand the criticism of them, but I am also not a dancer.
  6. Obraztsova at the Kennedy Center would be a dream.
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    Evgenia Obraztsova

    Ahh...how wonderful! Someone put a lot of work into making those subtitles. Thanks for alerting!
  8. I absolutely cannot wait to see Evgenia Obraztsova in this. Here is a youtube video of her discussing it: I hope videos show up, many and soon.
  9. I also attended the Saturday, May 25 evening performance and thought that Riho Sakamoto, Kanon Kimora, and Hyuma Kiyosawa were standouts. Riho has been consistently impressive for years, and I am looking forward to seeing how her career develops in the future.
  10. Thank you for posting the videos of Irina's ABT farewell. I really wish that I could have gotten to NY to see her in Onegin. This may be more appropriate in another conversation, but here is a lengthy and interesting interview with Irina, including some of her reasons for retirement: http://www.timeout.com/newyork/dance/ballerina-irina-dvorovenko-talks-about-american-ballet-theatre-and-on-your-toes-1?intcid=leader
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    Evgenia Obraztsova

    So incredible. Thank you.
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