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MadameP

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  1. Maria Khoreva is the top graduate for me - as I've said elsewhere, so I won't repeat myself! She could be dancing principal roles right now.
  2. Maria Khoreva is an outstanding graduate - beautiful lines, great musicality and expression, technique. She has everything. She is an immensely talented ballerina.
  3. Buddy, I agree with you. Why not indeed Maria Iliushkina for the Big Ballet competition? She is a lovely young, Vaganova trained, ballerina. I saw her Paquita variation when Paquita was premiered and she has beautiful arms and flow of movement and the has the most gorgeous long lines. Love her!
  4. I think Tsiskaridze is doing a magnificent job at Vaganova - not just in terns of the calibre of graduates produced, but also the quality of its productions. His choice of repertoire alone for graduation performances is wonderful... Maria Khoreva's Paquita variation - what many know as the "alternative" Dulcinea variation or Dudinskaya variation ... outstanding graduate.
  5. Gnossie - Osmolkina and Filipp Stepin were the first to spring to my mind as being the purest representers of Mariinsky style, as I wrote originally. Of course there are others. I do agree about Obraztsova also, and also Ivanova mentioned above. Ivanova is a WONDerful ballerina. I love Novikova also. I Batalov was denied so much - disgusting. Yermakov though ... to my mind, he cannot be compared with Ruzimatov. Ruzi was one of a kind - a flamboyant original, which Ermakov is not.
  6. I think the link between Vaganova and Mariinsky is of the utmost importance. Mariinsky needs to keep the purity of its style, and it needs its Vaganova graduates to do that. As for who is the bearer and keeper of the St Petersburg style ... Osmolkina? Filipp Stepin among the men.
  7. Margarita Shrayner was certainly a wonderful Sylphide - mercurial and vivacious, with light, high jumps and so very expressive. She has lovely stage presence. It is strange that, with so many solo and principal roles now, she is not at least at soloist level.
  8. Duet from Tristan and Isolde - I LOVED it... great artistry.
  9. DISGRACEFUL!!! Mariinsky represented by non Vaganova dancers? Ridiculous.
  10. Shamala Guseinova the first variation, then Vlada Borodulina.
  11. Really? They look completely out on my screen - unless the sound out of synch.
  12. Completely agree. These fouettes might be executed at a "constant speed" but look laborious and they are not in time with the music.
  13. Buddy, your post made me smile! Petipa ballets are closest to my heart, but Balanchine's ballets cannot be dismissed as being without soul. I am not a Tiler Peck fan, so I will not comment on her, but the duet from A Midsummer Night's Dream from which you posted this extract really IS a true jewel. It's the best of that ballet for me and truly beautiful, eloquent, magical., and yes - I do find it very spiritual. I love it. I have seen many Mariinsky dancers perform this exquisite pas de deux, and among the best were Ekaterina Osmolkina with FIlipp Stepin. Nadezha Batoeva and Maria Shirinkina were also wonderful in the pd2! So beautiful!
  14. Krysanova is FAR from being a Mariinsky or Vaganova trained ballerina. She's Bolshoi through and through...
  15. I have to say I saw both Legend and Romeo and Juliet, and I dislike extremely having different casting for each act. The whole development of the characters throughout the course of the ballet is lost. Yes, I understand it is an opportunity for many dancers to appear, but quite honestly, many would be better not appearing at all. They would have been better off "paying their respects" by not dancing. Askerov as Ferkhad? Wooden in the extreme and cannot act. Much as I like Evseeva, I think she is miscast as Shyrin. The ballet itself would have been better served having Novikova and Tereshkina throughout. As for Romeo and Juliet, Ivanchenko as Romeo ... REALLY??? He should have retired long ago... And Tereshkina is too knowing to be an tomboyish young Juliet. Batoeva is a wonderful Juliet - but she wasn't chosen. Of course, Abdiev and Selyutsky were being honoured in these broadcasts, explaining some of the choices, but I think it made for dismal viewing...
  16. I have to agree. I had seen it on video and decided I would see it "live" once to give it a chance, on the basis that maybe video just did not do it justice. WRONG. I saw Batoeva "live" in this at Mariinsky and honestly, much as I love Nadia, I could not wait for it to be finished. At least the Mozart is wonderful though...
  17. Agree about that terrible Grigorovich fight scene - definitely too many jetes across the stage and the drama of the fight itself is completely lost. Also agree that Bayadere (I am another for whom it is my favourite ballet, although along with Shurale!) NEEDS that final act with the destruction of the temple etc, in order to have dramatic credibility.
  18. Vorontsova is indeed a wonderful fouette turner, and turning with both hands on hips is extremely difficult. Whether a dancer does singles, doubles or alternates them is often largely a matter of taste: fast, perfectly placed and centred singles are often the most dazzling. tasteful and effective. Personally, I think that "party tricks" when executing fouettes, including changes of arm position, jumps between fouette turns etc, are more appropriate for some ballets than others.
  19. So beautiful ... his lines, musicality ... everything!
  20. GNOSSIE, those clips are wonderful! How adorable, enchanting and joyful! And yes, what a great tribute to the Great Vikharev! If ONLY Mariinsky had this jewel in their repertoire right now - imagine Oksana Marchuk or Margarita Frolova as Lise! Mariinsky has many dancers who would be perfect for Lise and Colas. Tragic... but yes, what an achievement for Yekaterinburg!
  21. Nice step up in ranking for her!
  22. Marchenkova will still be shorter than the very tall Kovalyova, but I also think she was chosen as Gamzatti for this performance because she is nearer to Alyona in height. However, personally I do not like her as a dancer, and in particular, I think she has awful arms and hands.
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