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  1. "... setting the ballet on Sergei Filin and Svetlana Lunkina -- who, by the way, are wonderful!: True that the ballerina rehearsing with Filin in the studio was Svetlana Lunkina. However, the blond ballerina dancing with him at the performance shown in the middle of the programme was Inna Petrova.
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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 soon. Last week I had a chance to see a (non-commercial) DVD of her Moscow “Giselle” and, although it is better not to base judgement on recordings, I was astonished with her fine and profound rendering of this role, her breathtaking weightlessness (as opposed to her earthborn Kitri) and the haunting feeling she left me with by her performance. Quote: “…Last staging of the Lavrovsky’s "Romeo" dates from 1995 and it was last performed somewhere in 2000. In late 2003 the Bolshoi got the lovely Radu Poklitaru "Romeo and Juliet", which isn't exactly the best version…” There was between those two a Grigorovich’s production of “Romeo” in 1979 with Bessmertnova and later N.Pavlova and Ananiashvili as Juliet. Although I personally prefer the Lavrovsky’s ballet it seems to me that the Macmillan’s version will suit Osipova best.
  3. "... it leaves ALL others looking small somehow. Thank you, Paul Parish. I have this adagio on a tape/disk but never watched it so close, on a PC screen. Had again the same feeling about her as you had. I wrote my previous posting yesterday without looking at my watch and I see now that it appeared as today's posting. To put the facts right: Galina Sergeevna Ulanova was born on the 8 January 1910 (26 December 1909 by the Julian calendar).
  4. It is good to remember her today, on her birthday. One of the best sculptures of her can be seen here: http://www.antiq.info/news/auction_news/9077.html Click on the figurine.
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    Nikolai Tsiskaridze

    Yes, Ostrich, it is all in Russian but the text constitutes about 2%: some captions and Nikolai's tributes to his teachers. The photos are absolutely remarkable.
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    Nikolai Tsiskaridze

    Dear Ostrich, I tried to look for any link to distributors of the book but the only one I found was an e-mail address of the Information desk at the "Moskva" bookstore at Tverskaya Street in Moscow where the book is available at the moment: spravka@moscowbooks.ru Considering the price of the book, 3433 Roubles (approx. £69), and its heavy weight, the expense will be quite significant. There is the Grant & Cutler bookstore in London specializing in Russian books but I found that their addition to prices are quite high. Grant & Cutler www.grantandcutler.com 55-57 Great Marlborough St London, W1F 7AY, UK +44 20 77342012 Having said all that I found that this book is worth of its high price. The selection of photographs, and their number and quality are outstanding.
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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
  8. You see, Mashinka, I knowingly omitted the names of Nioradze, Makhalina and Aupova because they seem not dancing Kitri any more.
  9. 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 in this role. By the way, on the 4th of July Somova will be dancing Don Q. with Lobukhin. I hope Sarafanov is OK.
  10. 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 mentioned that he was Ulanova's brother. I knew he was an impostor. She was the only child of Sergei Ulanov and Maria Romanova.
  11. 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.
  12. " ... 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) .
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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