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Quinten

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  1. Quinten

    Yulia Stepanova

    Even swan queens have to warm up.
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    Yulia Stepanova

    Thank you for sharing your insights. It's so Russian, don't you think, this portrayal of the depths of Odette's anguish and her fight to overcome exhaustion and despair. Her attempts to rise from the ground, and the falling back in exhaustion, perfectly express the pathos of Tchaikovsky's score. Yulia's great strength is her ability to draw inspiration from the music to express emotions through body shapes and subtle movement, and this moment from the Sergeyev version allows her to showcase that. Hopefully she is finding similar moments in the Grigorovich version and is allowed to expand on them in her own unique way. I'm looking forward to seeing what she does with it in London.
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    Bolshoi Gala at Aspendos (Turkey)

    Chapkina as Raymonda Denisova as the Dying Swan
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    Yulia Stepanova

    Ok Swan Lake experts, help me with this one, please! Here's Yulia w/St. Petersburg ballet but this isn't the Grigorovich version OR the Sergeyev/Mariinsky version, is it? I'm specifically looking at the moments when she's on the floor, achingly sad and gorgeous. Is this an Irina Kolesnikova thing or does it come from somewhere else?
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    Bolshoi Gala at Aspendos (Turkey)

    Thank you all for providing the proper identifications. It strikes me that some of these performances may presage debuts in the coming season. Belyakov/Khoklova in Corsaire, Marchenkova in Legend of Love, Chapkina in Raymonda , Zhiganshina in La Sylphide (Chopiniana), Stepanova in DQ. Or not. 😉
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    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    I predict that the Vaganova/Bolshoi primas Zakharova, Smirnova, and Stepanova will have no problem with these moves when they dance Symphony in C next summer. That strong and flexible Vaganova back!
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    Bolshoi Gala at Aspendos (Turkey)

    Group photo following Aspendos gala. As best I can tell, left to right: Chapkina as dying swan, Stepanova as Kitri, maybe Skvortsov as Basil, then Zhiganshina and unknown from SB?, then Khoklova/Belyakov as Solor/Gamzatti?, then there is Maria Vinogradova in the red dress as Diana and a bare chested guy as Acteon, then David Soares sitting on the floor in the middle in Coppelia costume, his partner Margarita Shrainer behind him, and to her right somebody in Russian bride costume and then Shipulina as Mekhmene Banu.
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    Bolshoi Ballet Summer 2019 ROH London Residency

    I would walk on a bed of nails to see Lobukhin as Spartacus. Rodkin I find to be too self-absorbed to be good in any role that requires acting or good partnering but I will admit his appeal as eye candy so would not *not* buy a ticket to one of his performances. I would love to see Skvortsov in Bright Stream, Chudin in Bayadere and/or Swan Lake. As for the women, I plan to see as many Stepanova performances as possible so that I can, with the full authority granted those in attendance at a performance, counter any "I was there and she stunk up the place" comments with "I was there and she was a true goddess of the ballet". 🤣 Seriously, I hope to see as many of the Bayadere performances as I can afford, never having seen a full length live performance, only the Shades act in the Makarova version. So, very exciting to look forward to this. Thank goodness there's almost a year to save up for the trip!
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    Bolshoi Ballet Summer 2019 ROH London Residency

    The residency seems designed to please tourists, including ballet tourists, rather than Londoners. As a tourist, I'm grateful the Bolshoi is bringing war horses and Russian favorites to London - it means I don't have to travel to Moscow to see these treasures! I look to the Russians to perform works that require the huge forces they have at their disposal, works that include character and national dances in which the are unequalled, and works that are uniquely Russian performed in the Russian manner. I have no interest seeing the Russian companies in new works because, frankly, westerners are so much better in that repertoire imo.
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    Bolshoi Ballet Summer 2019 ROH London Residency

    From the 243rd season brochure https://www.bolshoi.ru/upload/medialibrary/2d3/2d3b709c85217d27ef6400752121b333.pdf THE BOLSHOI THEATRE BALLET AND ORCHESTRA IN LONDON (Great Britain) 25 JULY – 17 AUGUST 2019 ROYAL OPERA HOUSE Spartacus, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, The Bright Stream, Taming of the Shrew London, here I come!
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    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    New additions to the corps de ballet announced at the gathering of the troupe at the beginning of the 243rd season: Alexander Trikoz , Peter Attica , Denis Zakharov , Roman Mudragel , Nikita Oparin. Award for outstanding creative contribution to the 242nd season: Alena Kovaleva, Denis Savin, Olga Marchenkova. This and more details regarding plans for the new season (in Russian) at https://www.bolshoi.ru/about/press/articles/none/company-gathering-14-09-2018/
  12. Has anybody found an actual program for the Bolshoi Gala at the Aspendos theatre in Turkey last night? The Bolshoi site's description doesn't seem to match the Instagram photos of the event. Thanks.
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    Bolshoi at Teatro alla Scala

    Thanks for your reports, Birdsall, very enjoyable and informative. Has the house been full for the three Bayaderes? I've heard rumblings of poor ticket sales.
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    2017/2018 season

    I just don't see Smirnova as a "great classical ballerina". Many great ballerinas were less than perfect in their technique, so I'm not one to say Smirnova is ineligible for the "greatness club" on that account, but honestly, it takes a lot more to be great than Smirnova actually delivers. My main objection to her is that she lacks authenticity as an artist. The image is too tightly scripted and controlled and it feels to me as if every gesture is calculated. Everything is planned, to the last detail, to the point that there is not even a smidgen of spontaneity in her dancing. A great artist always projects the impression, if not the reality, of spontaneity and ease. There is always great control, but it is not apparent in the presentation. Once Smirnova gives up some of that control and becomes more able to reveal herself (not the character) she will become a complete artist who can be forgiven for her technical shortcomings.
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    Yulia Stepanova

    From the Sunday Times: Dance review: Swan Lake, St Petersburg Ballet Guest stars save the day "An alternative cast brought Yulia Stepanova, of the Bolshoi, and Kimin Kim, of the Mariinsky, as stars, and they achieved far greater rapport in a performance that was much more satisfying. Stepanova was sensitive and affecting as Odette, and brought off some furious fouettés as Odile." https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/culture/ballet-review-swan-lake-st-petersburg-ballet-8dv393kxq
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