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    Natalia Osipova

    Quote: “Osipova is still quite young. Artistic development generally comes with maturity.” Having seen Osipova in all her roles, except Giselle, on stage in the course of several years I was very impressed with the pace of her artistic development. The Vision scene from Don Q. was especially indicative of that. There was a one year gap between her performances of Don Q. which I saw, and her Dulcinea (which does not come so naturally to her as Kitri) acquired greater gentleness, her arms improved, and there was a general impression that she will be able to ‘tackle’ great classical roles quite
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    Ivan Vasiliev

    There is a good interview with Ivan Vasiliev in the Daily Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml...t/btivan114.xml Ismene Brown can not pent up her admiration for his technique. Apart from that his personality is also so engaging. Don't miss to click on the blue line: Video: Exclusive footage of Ivan Vasiliev dancing
  3. You see, Mashinka, I knowingly omitted the names of Nioradze, Makhalina and Aupova because they seem not dancing Kitri any more.
  4. I am not sure it is right to say that they IMPORTED Osipova. This was a usual guest star appearance in the Mariinsky’s annual festival. A young starlet in this case. Similar to the appearance of Cojocaru/Kobborg in “R & J†and Ganio in “Giselleâ€. Tsiskaridze has been appearing at their festivals every year for the last, I think, six years. Apart from Novikova the Mariinsky has other Kitris – Osmolkina, Golub, Tereshkina, Sheshina and Vishneva. In my humble opinion none of them, even Vishneva, can at the moment match Osipova’s zest, technical skills and amazing self-abandonment
  5. No, Ostrich, whatever the 'descendant' said about her life Ulanova never had children. In the last year of her life she visited St.Petersburg and was interviewed for the popilar TV programme The Tsar's Box by it long standing presenter Galina Mshanskaya. Talking about her loneliness Galina Sergeyevna said: "If I only had a child! But by parents implored me: "Galya, on no account you should have children. It must be either theatre or family." I have a recording of this programme and I think she could be trusted. By the way, I once travelled by train in Russia and spoke to a man who mentione
  6. There are 7 photographs here from that performance: http://community.livejournal.com/tsiskarid...312.html#cutid1 I went to Denmark in October to see Bolshoi's two performances of "Giselle" with Tsiskaridze and Lunkina. You are right, Ostrich, their personalities compliment each other very well. I am looking forward now to the 28th of January when they will be dancing Act 2 from "The Nutcracker" at Grigorovich's gala at Covent Garden.
  7. " ... they still perform at home while a group is on the road." More than that. Sometimes they perform the same production simultaneously as it happened this month. While Svetlana Lunkina & Nikolai Tsiskaridze danced "Giselle" in Danish towns of Holstebro and Vejle on 6 and 9 of October, the same ballet was performed by the Bolshoi in Moscow on 4 October (Vishneva-Volchkov) and 8 October (Ryzhkina-Filin) .
  8. Yes, it is l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres. However, it is not a rare thing to see it awarded to foreigners. Other Russians who received it were Galina Ulanova, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Mstislav Rostropovich, Boris Eifman, Galina Vishnevskaya, Yuri Lyubimov, Maya Plissetskaya and … Serge Lifar (who was not a foreigner in France by that time). What a great company for Nikolai Tsiskaridze to join in! Congratulations! It seems to me that Laurence Olivier had a higher title than just Sir. He became Sir Laurence in 1947 but in 1970 he became Lord Olivier.
  9. Nellie Kobakhidze will replace Svetlana Lunkina as Lisa in The Queen of Spades tonight. Lunkina will also be dancing tonight - in "Go for Broke" (as last night) and Part 2 of Symphony in C.
  10. "The Queen of Spades" with Nikolai Tsiskaridze is now avalable on DVD: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B...9320734-4733555
  11. Are you missing the premiere of "The Queen of Spades" in the West, Chiapuris?
  12. The Royal Opera House has the casting for the Bolshoi's tour in July-August 2006 on its website: http://info.royaloperahouse.org/Performing...ccs=977&cs=2587
  13. Quote: “The first solo, Narcissus, by K. Goleizovsky (1960) with music by N. Cherepnin seemed like a bland piece for Tsiskaridze.” For me “Narcissus” was the highlight of that evening although I have seen it many times performed by Nikolai live as well as in various recordings. There is no OPENLY “displayed pyrotechnic virtuosity” in it but technical difficulties are subtly woven into the 'text' of this dance, I would say well hidden, thanks to Goleisovsky’s harmonious choreography and Tsiskaridze’s perfect presentation. It will be enough to mention the unusual jumps, the final grand pirouet
  14. Quote: "The Dying Swan performance featuring Irma Nioradze was incredible as was the Don Quixote pas de deux with Galina Stepanenko and Andei Uvarov." The was no Don Q. pdd in this gala. Uvarov was unwell in Moscow, so Stepanenko has stayed there too. The Part 1 of the concert ended with Tarantella by Balanchine.
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