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  1. Looks like The Australian Ballet with new Artistic Director David Hallberg is now starting to do live-streams of their performances to audiences all over the world. I believe they are one of the few companies that can perform right now. First show will be a gala program live on Sunday, Feb 28 and available to watch for 48 hours! I'm really interested in seeing what David is doing with the company. Exciting, and nice to see something from a company we rarely get to see. Link below for the news + tickets: https://australianballet.com.au/the-ballets/LIVE-summertime-at-the-ballet
  2. The Aus Ballet is also doing their first global live-stream on Feb 28! https://australianballet.com.au/the-ballets/LIVE-summertime-at-the-ballet I believe David Hallberg is hosting.
  3. I know this is only available to audiences who reside in Russia. Otherwise everyone has to go to the cinema to see it.
  4. Chudin was injured for a few months apparently.
  5. Casting is up for the cinema broadcast on Sunday, Jan 26: CASTGiselle: Olga SmirnovaCount Albrecht: Artemy BelyakovBerthe, Giselle’s Mother: Anna AntropovaHans, The Gamekeeper: Denis SavinGiselle’s Friends: Xenia Averina, Bruna Cantanhede Galianone, Anonina Chapkina,Olga Kishnyova, Elizabeta Kruteleva, Yulia Skvortsova, Tatiana Tiliguzova, Alexandra TrikozPeasant Pas de Deux: Daria Khokhlova, Alexei PutintsevBathilde: Nelli KobakhidzeMyrtha: Angelina VlashinetsMoina: Xenia ZhiganshinaZulma: Anastasia Denisova
  6. I'd say this is a pretty accurate assessment. These trailers and videos with interviews are shot almost a year in advance of any kind of casting decisions made by the Bolshoi. Many times, the casting of the shoots is done according to who is available, and who knows the choreography. Same with interviews - some dancers are just more comfortable than others speaking about their roles.
  7. It's not Vaziev's job to only give opportunity to the principal dancers who have danced these roles since 2008. His job includes preparing the theatre for future generations. And Obratzsova and Shipulina are hardly excellent choices for Jeanne.
  8. If you remember correctly, Krysanova was not supposed to dance Corsaire for instance. Smirnova was. She was listed in the cast list. Then she pulled out and Krysanova was put in. This was followed by Krysanova's encore of Taming of the Shrew, and of course she was in Romeo and Juliet which I'm sure Ratmansky and Vaziev collectively decided on once production started on this ballet. The cinema season titles are planned way in advance of casting decisions. Point is, things change in a theatre no matter how much you try to plan ahead. I don't think anyone doubts that the Bolshoi is good or not based on one production. I am an international audience member and I can say that since I have been watching the Bolshoi broadcasts year after year, I don't mind seeing a new cast member even if she is not the absolute "best" ballerina for that role. Everyone brings something new to a role and I think that is important to see.
  9. I think it is positive to show other dancers during the broadcasts. This may not have been the "best" cast but otherwise we would have a cinema season only of Krysanova for this season. I would think the Bolshoi management is aware of that. It shows the range of the company and what others have to offer in a role. I see many people on this forum and social media complaining that too much of one dancer in a cinema season leaves everyone bored. It's exciting to see fresh faces, rising talent that can sustain a production like Margarita did yesterday in some ballets and of course mature, experienced dancers in others. This has always been a quality of Makhar, so it cannot be surprising. I was pleased to see new faces.
  10. Corps de ballet member Margarita Shrainer will be dancing as Jeanne in the broadcast, I believe the first time a corps dancer takes the lead in a broadcast. Pretty amazing! She will dance with Igor Tsvirko. Full cast list here: https://www.bolshoi.ru/en/performances/235/roles/#20180304180000
  11. Here is Smirnova discussing the ballet. Nice to hear some fresh thoughts:
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    Olga Smirnova

    Olga will be dancing the live broadcast of the Bolshoi's Sleeping Beauty on Sunday, Jan 22 in cinemas! Her Prince will be Semyon Chudin bolshoiballetincinema.com
  13. Based on instagram photos on Obraztsova's account, it appears that she is pregnant so I doubt she will be on stage in the beginning of the cinema season. Also, Pathe Live/Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema just released the season trailer! I love the tango scene from Golden Age, it has such beautiful music from Shostakovich.
  14. I think it's really exciting to see an unexpected cast, especially since we don't often get to see Chudin in the broadcasts in leading roles. He's fantastic and so is Krysanova. Also noticed that Smirnova will make her debut as Kitri on April 9! Super exciting to see fresh faces in DQ.
  15. Fair enough. I do follow this thread actually and noted that you made a decisive point about missing the past few broadcasts solely because of Zakharova and then explain in detail how you then decided to "hack" the youtube link, and just insult everyone anyway. I do respect everyone has their own opinion. It's not really about depriving anyone of tickets, it's about supporting an initiative to continue showing the work of great companies, no matter the cast . Though you should know that a couple of venues for Camellias in New York were in fact sold out. Also, casting for this was done by the ballet's choreographer himself, John Neumeier. Seems he could have chosen the roles of Manon and Des Grieux to match exactly Marguerite and Armand's height if that was something very important to him.
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