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  1. mnacenani

    2017/2018 season

    "LA FILLE du PHARAON" revival Thursday 19th July (Zaharova-Rodkin) : after many years (no info on Bolshoy website re when it was last staged) this rarity was back on stage last night - three acts, eight scenes, 2:45 hours with two intervals. "Recontructed" by Lacotte for the Bolshoy it had premiered in May 2000. I first saw it on Mezzo some years ago starring Zaharova-Filin and later got the dvd for my collection. Now, this silliest of ballet stories most probably will not make anyone's top five list, and the music is no match for say Coppelia, but you have to give it to the Bolshoy : only they can mount this kind of "grand spectacle" with myriads of dancers, countless costume changes, countless PdD , variations and ensembles - no other company I have seen or know of has the human and financial resources. For me it has zero dramatic value and as such I would never see all performances of a particular run anytime, but seeing it once was good - continuous action keeps you alert throughout. Zaharova and Rodkin were technically very good, although I again will say that Zaharova has started to look a bit aged for some roles. Does this production merit a special trip to Moscow ? I would not say so, unless you live close by. If you would like to make a special trip to the Bolshoy to see something grand, I recommend Corsaire !
  2. mnacenani

    Isadora starring Natalia Osipova

    "Isadora" incidentally will premiere at Stasik in Moscow on 21st September and is already sold out. I am due to see the mat and eve performances of Don Kixot at the Bolshoy on the 22nd so booked my flight for the 21st in the hope of finding a ticket for Isadora ...... pulled by the stellar gravity of Natasha. Will probably end up regretting it once again, as I did going to the Bolshoy "Petipa" galas .....
  3. mnacenani

    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    Are we referring to Denis Matsuyev ?? Surely his distinction can't only be being close to Gergiyev and Putin 🙄
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    Who rules today?

    Talent shows within 10 seconds. Am sure Naghdi has loads of it, not so sure about Ball but will keep an open mind.
  5. Had anyone posted Part II ?? Just in case not :
  6. As I had written earlier under some thread, I saw this Tshetnaya (FMG) when Yekat performed it at the Bolshoy in 2016 as their Z. Maska entry. Cannot comment on steps, costumes or scenery which to me looked like the good old FMG we all know. The striking difference was the addition of a "Ballet Class" as prologue and epilogue which struck me as rather odd. At the time I could not read Russian but have just looked at the program (Russian only) again and it actually credits these to "Conservatory" by Bournonville. So what's the big deal - I still don't get it !
  7. According to Yekaterinburg Ballet website (Russian) the program of the July 7-8 galas is as follows (Google translation) : "Two evenings on the stage of the theater - the festival of virtuosic dance - a parade of fragments of classical ballets and premieres of the Ural choreographers loved by the public. Both concerts will open the second act of Swan Lake: Prince Siegfried has reached the age of majority and should choose a bride, but the bridesmanship violates the arrival of unexpected guests, Baron Rothbart and his daughter Odile - the Black Swan. A lavish palace feast, a defile of luxurious medieval dresses, a series of brilliant national dances, a whirlwind of thirty-two fueta ballerinas - all that is so dear to the audience heart for the second century already. The program of the second and third departments is composed according to the applications of the artists. It was based on classical numbers from among the most popular and most performed in the world: pas de deux from the ballets Don Quixote and Corsair, duets from the ballets of this year's jubilee, Marius Petipa - Talisman and Millions of Harlequin, masterpieces of Soviet ballet heroics - "Veshnie Vody" and pas de deux from the "Flame of Paris". After a long break, the classic from the classics Grand Pas to the music of Aubert will return to the Ekaterinburg scene. New numbers are presented by Anton Pimonov and Igor Bulytsin, well known to the public (the program of their new ballets MADE IN URAL, shown in the outgoing season, was a great success for viewers and metropolitan experts), as well as Konstantin Khlebnikov, the troupe artist and the participant of the project "Dance Platform" . The intrigue of gala concerts will be the participation of famous Yekaterinburg designers of clothes. Details of the project will be announced later. The commonwealth of ballet companies and fashion designers is becoming fashionable on the world stage, and in our country the Ural Opera Ballet was the first to make such a move: before our eyes Ekaterinburg becomes the legislator of theatrical fashion - in every sense of the word"
  8. mnacenani

    Petipa Gala

    I feel doubly sorry since pulled by the gravity of the constellation I squandered away the steep price of two tickets ! Thanks for the time and effort you put into your comprehensive review - setting an example really. I am generally in agreement with your takes, just a couple of points : I thought Kovalyova and Tissi looked very elegant, but I may not be attuned to the finer details of execution. Re Novikova will repeat my view that her sissones on both evenings were badly executed. Re Park : OK the sync was not millisecond-sharp but I thought she was very good, and after all she won the Benois didn't she ?? Re the Bana and Pastor pieces : can't even recall how these went - the second one a classic case of "Wagner having its glorious moments and long hours in between" ! The "perpetrators" of these two "Petipa Galas" could be prosecuted for misleading consumers if RF has anything like a "Trade Descriptions Act". What these could have been, and what they turned out to be ...... sad !
  9. mnacenani

    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    Good to know there are two of us on this forum !
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    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    REMINDER : COPPELIA WEBCAST COMING UP SUNDAY 10 JUNE ! The live cinecast of tomorrow's Coppelia will (should) also be livestreamed on the Bolshoy website under the videos tab http://media.bolshoi.ru/login (at upper right corner of home page) and maybe also on the Bolshoy YT page from 6 pm Moscow time (3 pm GMT). This livestream is usually georestricted to RF but can be received via VPN. Then it will be in archive under same tab from ca. 2 hours after performance ends till ca. 4 pm Moscow time on Monday - on last couple of occasions this was free-to-web. Casting info : https://www.bolshoi.ru/en/performances/3333/roles/#20180610180000
  11. mnacenani

    Petipa Gala

    Dear Gnossie : if you will excuse me, after seeing ballet in Russia since January 2015 I also believe that ballet over time has become and IS a Russian art form. There is a HUGE athletic and artistic chasm between what I see in Europe and Russia. Just a couple of recent examples I can quote : the "rising star" of the RB who replaced the injured Hallberg for the second act of Giselle whose entrechats petered out after 10 seconds (he had danced the role the week before !), last week's awful Bolshoy gala Don Kixot PdD by Pagliero-Heymann. OK, beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, and logistics could prevent most people from seeing ballet in Russia regularly, but if one can then there simply is "no contest". The quality of ballet at the Vaganova and Moscow graduation shows I find way above what one normally sees in London, or even Paris (if you can find any classical ballet to see !)
  12. Heads Up : World Cup Gala Concert will be livecast by "Rassiya 1" channel from CET 20:35 (GMT 18:35) on Wednesday 13 June.
  13. Some publicity : happy to see that my Moscow friend-cum-ballet-adviser Vita Khlopova (Moscow Academy graduate, former Moiseyev dancer, founder of "No Fixed Points" website, GITIS member, ballet juror and sought-for ballet lecturer) will be presenting the final paper at this conference : "Petipa in the Digital Epoch". She has been doing the lectures at Stasik this season - I first thought these were pre-performance talks but they turned out to be well-attended full lectures at one of Stasik's halls independent of what is on stage that evening. Naturally she agrees to disagree with most of my ultra-conservative-half-baked views !
  14. mnacenani

    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    Nothing is wrong ..... saw them twice in Diamonds last week and must say they presented a very elegant show, however much I dislike Balanchine (no drama). I am deeply honoured that my discovery of last year (patent pending !) has been chosen as the "brand ambassador" for the Bolshoi too - am sure she will do great !!
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    Isadora starring Natalia Osipova

    "Choreography: Vladimir Varnava of the Mariinsky Theatre; Music: Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella" ....... dear Buddy did you see Varnava's "Yaroslavna-The Eclipse" or any part thereof ?? I did, when Mezzo livecast the premiere, I mean the first fifteen minutes or so