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  1. Today May Nagahisa has been promoted to Second Soloist. She jumped from the Trainee position straight to Second Soloist, bypassing corps and coryphee categories.
  2. May Nagahisa promoted to Second Soloist
  3. It's difficult for anyone to give anything their full attention when they have two separate roles/appointments in different establishments! Hope we see Maria Khoreva in a principal role soon. She is off to a good start!
  4. Although Zhanna Ayupova was a wonderful ballerina in her time and is also an excellent coach and teacher, she does NOT have ultimate responsibility for anything at Vaganova. In everything, the decision is Tsiskaridze's. Zhanna has a second position at Mikhailovsky Theatre, where she coaches a number of important dancers, including Angelina Vorontsova. She also travels a great deal, assisting with the mounting of various productions. She simply doesn't have the time to give Vaganova all of her attention, neither does she have the contacts, or the strings to pull to get the repertoire that Tsiskaridze has managed to acquire for the Vaganova students. She is very much a second in command to Tsiskaridze in every aspect of the Academy, despite her title.
  5. I agree. Actually, I wonder at much of Tereshkina's casting at MT. For me, she is no Aurora or Giselle or Odette (Odile MAYbe) and no Raymonda. The list goes on. Technically she is strong, but she doesn't represent Vaganova style to me, and maybe that is because she was not wholly Vaganova trained. I cannot remember now whether she had 4 or 5 years at Vaganova, but certainly not the full course. I find her often, as you say, ostentatious, and I also find her hard, She just doesn't have that somewhat rarified Vaganova refinement. Khoreva DOES in my opinion. Very talented girl.
  6. Buddy - it's a REHEARSAL photograph!!! That's all!
  7. Tsiskaridze oversees the whole of the running of Vaganova. He coaches, teaches, rehearses, chooses repertory,is involved in the selection process of tis students and their examinations - he is involved in every aspect of Vaganova The quality of its current crop of graduates is the direct result of this. Bravo Tsiskaridze, I say!
  8. Maria Khoreva variation from The Awakening of Flora.
  9. 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.
  10. Maria Khoreva is an outstanding graduate - beautiful lines, great musicality and expression, technique. She has everything. She is an immensely talented ballerina.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Duet from Tristan and Isolde - I LOVED it... great artistry.
  17. DISGRACEFUL!!! Mariinsky represented by non Vaganova dancers? Ridiculous.
  18. Shamala Guseinova the first variation, then Vlada Borodulina.
  19. Really? They look completely out on my screen - unless the sound out of synch.
  20. Completely agree. These fouettes might be executed at a "constant speed" but look laborious and they are not in time with the music.
  21. 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!
  22. Krysanova is FAR from being a Mariinsky or Vaganova trained ballerina. She's Bolshoi through and through...
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
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