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  1. And the sordid details appear in Vanity Fair. It’s got, blended family drama, a trigger happy wife (literally), allegations of poisoning, and cursory associations with presidential candidates https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2021/09/when-doug-and-ashley-benefield-started-a-ballet-company-it-wasnt-supposed-to-end-in-death
  2. Here is the pic of Skvortsov with Motta Soares after his Blue Bird performance. Krutleva refers to them as their teachers https://www.instagram.com/p/CFyvJProUns/?igshid=1v3mq2puqy8j5 As an aside, seeing the 80 year old Adyrkhaeva with her mask down makes me cringe.
  3. Denis Savin has been promoted to principal according to various dancer accounts
  4. Merkuriev is actually taking over Ryzhkina’s post. Her contract is not being renewed.
  5. From the NY Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/04/arts/television/dark-shadows-stream.html
  6. One of the repetiteurs, Vladimir Nikonov, was hospitalized with pneumonia shortly after the Bolshoi began rehearsals and died not long after.
  7. Christopher Tolkien was the son of JRR Tolkien and after his father’s death, spent the better part of the last 40 years analyzing his father’s notes and drafts on Middle Earth and trying to create a cohesive narrative out of it. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jan/16/jrr-tolkiens-son-christopher-dies-aged-95
  8. Looks like they’re rebooting Dark Shadows again. At least this time, it looks like it’s a sequel. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/dark-shadows-the-cw-1203329640/ CW attempted a reboot in 2004, that never got past the pilot phase. Jessica Chastain was actually in it, as Carolyn. It’s been screened at fan conventions and a low quality bootleg is floating around https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x70m1p9
  9. I’ve been watching both the original and 1991 version of Dark Shadows and wow, the character of Barnabas Collins has not aged well. I get it, he’s a vampire and is supposed to be evil, but even in the moments where he tries to be “human”, he comes across as narcissistic and controlling. I actually started to wonder if Angelique was a victim of gaslighting. On the plus side, the 1991 version is full of eye candy and a young Joseph Gordon Levitt does great job playing what is essentially the world’s worst babysitting assignment I also rewatched both the original Dark Crystal, as well as the new Netflix series. The Netflix series is probably the best thing the Henson Company has put out since Jim Henson died. The original movie freaked me out as a kid, especially that scene when they drained the Podling of his life essence and when the Skeksis emperor’s face caved in. In the new series, the Skeksis are more “alive” , but are still absolutely horrifying. And I feel the horror comes from the fact that the way they act is all too similar to our leaders today. Out of the stellar voice talent, the standouts for me were Simon Pegg, who perfectly mirrored the late Barry Dennen’s performance, right down to the infamous whimper, Nathalie Emmanuel, who just made you fall in love with her character, Andy Samberg and Bill Hader, nearly stealing the show with their absolutely bonkers exposition, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, whose character was infuriating yet heartbreaking at the same time (the puppeteer, Helena Smee, also deserves mention for the work in conveying all the conflicting emotions of the character).
  10. The Rhythm Dance theme this year is musicals. This is my favorite so far. https://youtu.be/QapoxO6GGok This girl is one to watch. I noticed her because Anna Okuneva (Soloist with Stanislavsky) mentioned she works with her and it shows in the arms and carriage https://youtu.be/U-1g3OqVIMo
  11. Judging by world Ballet Day rehearsals, it looks like it will be Krysanova-Motta Soares, Ovcharenko-Denisova and Vinogradova-Podubnyak in the lead roles.
  12. Alexandrova, like Lantrayov, was injured this spring and they were both recently in Germany doing rehab.
  13. Maybe this is a little early as we’re still in the 2018-19 season but four recent grads are set to make their debuts this month Elizaveta Kokoreva, Dmitri Smilevski and Maria Pozdnyakova in Taming of the Shrew https://www.bolshoi.ru/performances/714/roles/#20190705190000 Ivan Poddubniak In Raymonda https://www.bolshoi.ru/performances/63/roles/#20190713190000 his bio is even up already https://www.bolshoi.ru/persons/ballet/65654/
  14. And here it is https://www.bolshoi.ru/about/press/articles/tours/London-tour-2019/ (Sorry on phone so cant do the transliteration)
  15. In the US, he was most known for Romeo and Juliet, but many of his opera productions are classics, real feasts for the eyes.
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