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  1. Deflope

    Yulia Stepanova

    Did she switch teachers? Semenyaka doesn’t mention her in this interview https://musicseasons.org/tot-kto-nashel-sebya-v-balete-fanatichno-emu-predan/ And noticed her with Kondratieva’s dancers
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    RIP Denis Tan

    I remember a friend had the H stolen from his Honda and he was parked right in the university garage. Back to Denis Ten, this was one of the most beautiful men’s programs
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    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    I’m surprised Marchenkova hasn’t been promoted as her body of work has been stronger than Zhiganshina’s. But maybe she’s too old for Vaziev
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    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    I’m not a big fan of Tsvirko but after Lobukhin and Vasiliev, he was the lead most suited to the warrior roles, particularly Spartacus- strong, powerful, swaggering.
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    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    Zhiganshina has been promoted to Soloist per the Bolshoi site
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    Vaganova Academy Graduation, 2018

    This isn’t the graduation but an anniversary gala featuring students from various top academies plus the Bolshoi Vaganova alum doing variations of Paquita
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    "Harlequinade" 2018.

    I saw the matinee performance. I agree the children’s numbers did not work. It was too obvious that there were a wide range of abilities and the weaker kids stood out like a sore thumb. Not their fault but it really does affect the overall enjoyment since it is a large part of the ballet. And also agree that there was just too much miming. However, I thought Gabe Stone Shayer was fantastic and really captured the whimsiness (if that is the right word) of a harlequin.
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    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    Oh wow. That was dreadful.
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    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    I’ve seen at least some potential in almost all of Vaziev’s chosen ones,even if they are not really ready for the roles given. However for the life of me, I cannot understand his thing for Antonina Chapkina. I happened to see her live once when she was at La Scala and found her completely lacking in any musicality or grace and her turns were so out of control that I wondered if she had some inner ear infection. Yet I see her being given some variations and solo roles at the Bolshoi including Queen of the Dryads and the videos I’ve seen since joining the Bolshoi have not changed my opinion at all about her.
  10. It’s been reported that as he takes on more of the queen’s duties (and presumably some of the Queen’s and Prince Philip’s own patronages) , he won’t be able to devote as much time to the patronages he already has and has already been trying to transfer some of them to William and Harry
  11. I’d be interested to see if Prince Charles stays on as patron of the Royal Opera House or if he will give the patronage to one of his children when he becomes king.
  12. This is a bit far out in November but thought I’d put this out there. This talk is more about staging his works for TV and the panel will include Maria Calegari and Bart Cook, as well as Sondra Lee and Grover Dale. https://www.paleycenter.org/2018-jerome-robbins
  13. Not Sandik, but I don’t think he/she is saying anything about danger in the arts. Homeland security is the cabinet department responsible for handling visas and the like As many have stated in this thread, these departments can be very capricious in how they approve visas. When I was in grad school, I had a roommate from Iran who was getting a PhD in the sciences. He had no problems getting a student visa, even with the poor relations between our countries. On the other hand, one of my classmates from India, a country with whom we have friendly relations, was initially rejected for a Visa because of some inconsistencies in how his name was spelled.
  14. It could be that these artists have current multi year, multi entry visa that allows him to come and go without having to apply each time. I know several Russian athletes have 3 year multi entry visas that allow them to come to the states for competitions. Tissi was just here less than a year ago, so I am surprised he is having trouble.
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    Berlin Staatsballet 16/17 Season

    For anyone wondering, after her gold medal in Moscow, Evelina Godunova left Universal ballet and will be joining Berlin next season. In the meantime, she seems to have a bunch of minor guesting gigs http://m.press.lv/post/ya-tantsuyu-luchshe-chem-govoryu-zvezda-latvijskogo-baleta-evelina-godunova/