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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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...
  5. 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, .
  6. 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:
  7. 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:
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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:
  11. 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:
  12. OK, and one more!!! Soares in the Fisherman's variation from Pharaoh - love this talented boy. WHY hasn't he been promoted??
  13. More of Olga Smirnova (with Semyon Chudin) in her Pharaoh's Daughter:
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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...
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. Can only say, I completely agree with this - except perhaps your favourite casting, and we are all entitled to our favourites!
  20. I just want to say that Pharaoh's Daughter is a wonderful ballet. Fabulous choreography, scenery, great spectacle, really good opportunities for soloists and corps
  21. You are missing my point. I am talking about young dancers who were never corps and were immediately brought in at second soloist level, despite having no Vaganova training. At only 18 this very young ballerina was first a trainee and then brought in as a soloist. Shirinkina (Perm) was certainly a coryphee before she was promoted to second soloist and I think corps also, but her promotion to second soloist was after she had been in the company for many years. Skorik was certainly coryphee. Ostreikovskaya was corps and now still soryphee. I know of no Bolshoi dancers presently in Mariinsky who were brought in at second soloist level while in their teens. Are you talking about Bolshoi theatre here? With regard to Timur Askerov and a few others, again, none were 18 and brought in as a second soloist; they already had experience dancing solo roles for other companies. I wish that some Vaganova graduates could be given the opportunities and promotion of May Nagahisa.
  22. I have said nothing about May Nagahisa's capabilities as a dancer. My point is that she is not a Vaganova trained dancer, and there are Vaganova graduates who never could get her opportunities or early promotion. And re the dire male principal ranks, I agree, and the fact that Ermakov, Zverev and Stepin have not LONG been principals is just ridiculous and tragic.
  23. I had forgotten she had some early opportunities, and also rehearsed Giselle, but unfortunately did not dance because of injury. She is an outstanding adagio dancer in particular, the best Lady in Young Lady and the Hooligan I saw, and in Awakening of Flora, for me she was the outstanding dancer, notwithstanding Osmolkina was dancing as Flora!
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