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    Yulia Stepanova

    Here are Yulia Stepanova's fabulous Odile fouettes from her Swan Lake performance in London on 1st September, 2018, as posted on her instagram account today:
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    Bolshoi at Teatro alla Scala

    I hope you're having a great time, Birdsall! Bayadere and SHurale are my favourites! That series of ramps in the Bolshoi Bayadere is truly spectacular - the Bolshoi does spectacular well! Have fun in Italy!
  3. Bolshoi does indeed have a natural Spartacus. In my opinion, Mikhail Lobukhin is the best Spartacus the Bolshoi Theatre has - he is an amazing Spartacus with all the physical and dancing attributes for the role. He totally commands the stage. His acting, theatricality, partnering, sheer quality in this role is outstanding.
  4. I saw today on the Russian side of the Mariinsky website the following announcement. Ульяна Лопаткина сообщила о завершении танцевальной карьеры Мариинский театр официально объявляет поклонникам таланта прима-балерины театра Ульяны Лопаткиной, что она сообщила о завершении своей танцевальной карьеры. Here is the google translation: Ulyana Lopatkina announced the completion of the dance career The Mariinsky Theater officially announces to the fans of the talent of the prima ballerina of the Ulyana Lopatkina Theater that she announced the completion of her dance career. This is very sad news for me and for all her millions of fans worldwide, everyone who ever saw her dance, whether live on stage or on television or video. She was a wonderful ballerina, a true Vaganova ballerina with textbook, correct technique, the most exquisite floating lyrical quality and astonishingly beautiful arms. She had had an operation on her hip earlier this year, but for the last few years her dancing performances had become fewer and fewer, but always exquisite. I feel privileged to have seen her throughout her career. I remember the first time I saw her was as Nikiya at the Royal Opera House, when she was in her early 20s. We all marvelled at her slender limbs, since she was a type of ballerina we had never seen before. Towards the end of her career I was so lucky to see her on the Mariinsky stage as Odette-Odile, Nikiya, Giselle, Tsar Maiden and other roles. I loved watching her. I am very sad at this news, but also grateful for having seen her and God Bless her and give her a long and happy life.
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    Yulia Stepanova

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    Mariinsky/Balanchine

    My favourite part of that ballet also - just sublime, and I have seen many pairs of dancers in it but possibly my favourite was Osmolkina (with Stepin.). For theatrical beauty, the very last scene of the ballet is hard to beat with Puck on his swing and the magical fireflies flickering ! So lovely!
  7. However Iliushkina got her Lilac Fairy, nevertheless it was an important debut and good news for her. I think she is a lovely, lyrical ballerina and hopefully she will dance the role with the main Mariinsky troupe soon.
  8. I felt I should make a separate thread as some might not see my post in the current season thread, and I know many like Pavlenko. Last night's performance of Anna Karenina was Daria Pavlenko's last performance on the Mariinsky stage after 22 years in the theatre. She is an Honoured Artist of Russia and had danced most of the classical roles in the repertoire during her long career. I wish her a long and happy retirement. Here is a video of her final bows:
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    2017 -- 2018 Season

    Yes, Yuri Fateev is a law unto himself. And Makhalina does still dance on average once or twice a season- certainly not enough to justify her principal status.
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    2017 -- 2018 Season

    Shakirova does not have either Odette/Odile or Nikiya in her repertoire. In my opinion, she is no Aurora, although she now has that role in her repertoire. She is no Raymonda. I don't think she is principal calibre although I like her very much, and I do not believe Chebykina is principal calibre either. For me, both are good soloists, but not principals. As for Nagahisa, I still defend all those Vaganova corps and coryphee girls who were overlooked in favour of her...
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    2017 -- 2018 Season

    Makhalina still dances very occasionally - once a season. There was a special Lopatkina "evening" during her last season, but no official farewell performance. So sad. Chebykina and Shakirova are both second soloists: I think it is more likely that a first soloist would be promoted to principal, .
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    2017 -- 2018 Season

    I read that last night's performance of Anna Karenina with Daria Pavlenko in the leading role, was the last performance of Pavlenko after 22 years dancing for Mariinsky Theatre. A video of her bows was uploaded:
  13. Your first photo is from the Gorsky revival. According to Wikipedia, it is English: Photo of the ballerina Sofia Fedorova (1879-1963) costumed as the slave Hita with unidentified children in the choreographer Alexander Gorsky's (1871-1924) revival of the choreographer Marius Petipa (1818-1910) and the composer Cesare Pugni's (1902-1870) ballet The Pharaoh's Daughter. Link to page: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pharaoh's_Daughter_-Hita_-Pas_des_Caryatids_-Sofia_Fedorova_%26_Unidentified_as_Slaves_-1909.jpg
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    2017/2018 season

    Following on from the recent round of promotions, I am wondering if there will be any more, and hoping Soares still might become a soloist? He surely deserves it, as he has far more roles currently in his repertoire now than most of the male soloists currently on the roster, most of whom rarely if ever perform principal roles. Soares has danced Albrecht, Nutcracker Prince, Pechorin, Torero, Franz, to name just a few of his roles, and is still only in the corps? It's a shame for this talented boy. Here is his Fisherman's variation from Pharaoh.
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    2017/2018 season

    Yes, so sorry. I put up the wrong link. I think Quinten maybe have put up the correct one now, but in any case.... here it is again:
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    2017/2018 season

    It's so charming, isn't it? Love that little excerpt! And, Buddy, your wish is my command, and this one is longer than 1 minute, but not Olga Smirnova. Here are Yulia Stepanova and Anastasia Stashkevich from Act One of Pharaoh's Daughter. What a great spectacle this ballet is, and how gorgeous is Yulia Stepanova here?! Edited: I put the wrong link. So sorry. Here is the correct one:
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    2017/2018 season

    OK, and one more!!! Soares in the Fisherman's variation from Pharaoh - love this talented boy. WHY hasn't he been promoted??
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    2017/2018 season

    More of Olga Smirnova (with Semyon Chudin) in her Pharaoh's Daughter:
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    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    Great news - especially for Shrainer, who jumped a rank! Zhiganshina also was promoted to soloist recently. I do wonder why Soares has not been also been promoted though.
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    2017/2018 season

    Here is Ksenia Zhiganshina dancing the Congo variation from the underwater scene of Pharaoh's Daughter. I was so happy to see this lovely young ballerina recently promoted to soloist!
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    Olga Iskanderova

    She will not be forgotten by those she coached, or who saw her perform. I hope those awful people who caused her death get their just desserts...
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    Promotion of May Nagahisa

    Indeed, and all my comments concerning May Nagahisa were solely intended as criticism of promotion and sponsorship as it exists in the *Mariinsky* - not in any other company.
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    2017/2018 season

    Here is Olga Smirnova in the beautiful "underwater" scene from Pharaoh's Daughter. I love her grace in this, the choreography, costumes, scenery, music - everything. I am very glad to see this fabulous ballet back in the current Bolshoi repertoire and hope they perform it again next season. In my opinion, it IS well worth its place in the repertoire, and far more so than some of the current horrors currently wasting space in the playbill!
  24. Can only say, I completely agree with this - except perhaps your favourite casting, and we are all entitled to our favourites!
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