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ECat

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  1. You sentiments are totally understandable. Before I started reading her book, I formed opinions based on excerpts. But when reading them in their proper context, it takes on an entirely different meaning.
  2. If preordered, one has access to the book before its launch date. As not to give spoilers for those who have not had a chance to start the book yet, I'll keep my initial thoughts brief. Pazcoguin writes in a conversational style and is often humorous. I love the details, the chronology, and the information she gives. I'm really liking this book. What does everyone else think?
  3. Well said Nanushka. It would be impossible to judge her as none of us actually knows what happened. There are also so many factors that would go into this sort of situation. Many people here have listed some possible factors. If she had gone to management, which side would actually be taken? Ramasar outranks her. Gina seems like a smart woman to me and I'm sure she knows she'll be lambasted for not speaking up earlier on this issue. If it is not true, why would she put herself through that? Socialization for ballet dancers who have spent their entire lives insulated in their ballet worlds might not have the emotional tools to set boundaries. Just some things to thing about...
  4. In my opinion, while his ballets are beautiful, the choreography is often too complicated. Yes, it is very impressive that the POB dancers can dance his choreography well, but I find myself concerned about the steps more than the actual storyline.
  5. I suspect the no intermissions will also effect casting. It would be very difficult to change costumes, hair pieces without an intermission. The good news it that the nights will end earlier.
  6. What a wonderful story! I love to hear about dancers being thrown in last minute and having much success!
  7. This is such a great thread that I'm only seeing for the first time. Perhaps we can get it going again. My very very first love or role model was Cynthia Harvey in Don Q with Baryshnikov. To this day she will still be my favorite Kitri. The camera got such great close ups of her sassy facial expressions. Then I saw her in the ABT mixed bill in both Les Sylphides and Paquita. If I hadn't seen Cynthia first, it would be Gelsey Kirkland or Alessandra Ferri.
  8. I want to wish a huge congratulations to May Nagahisa as well as Olesya Novikova. Novikova's promotion was long overdue and very much deserved. When I saw the Mariinsky perform La Bayadere in DC a few years ago, Nagahisa was still listed an apprentice and was one of the 3 shades. She blew me away. Rock-solid technique and a beautiful stage presence. Then I saw her again in the pas de trios from Emeralds in LA and again, she stood out. She has definitely got something special. Batoeva is another special dancer. She was Gamzatti in DC and almost stole the show. She and Filip Steppin (who needs to be principal) performed the pas de deus in Rubies. WOW! They had such wonderful chemistry and were outstanding.
  9. Congratulations to all of the dancers on their promotions!!!
  10. WOW!!!!! That is fantastic news!!! Very well deserved. Congratulations!
  11. My heart goes out to Leah who has been an integral member of PNB. She is a beautiful dancer and she will be greatly missed.
  12. Good points for sure! I hope that their rep brings in the revenue that they are hoping for. But I do agree that nothing they're performing warrants a plane trip.
  13. Is it just me, or does the 2021-2022 rep seem a bit boring? Perhaps one less full length and another mixed-bill.
  14. Congratulations to Ms. Park! Very well deserved.
  15. I cannot agree with you more about the heavier make-up for Iliushkina. It was beautiful and elegant, yet still allowed her innocence to shine through. I would like to see her as Juliet.
  16. @MeritWow! Thank you for making such a comprehensive list of dancers birth and possible retirement years. I would LOVE to see Pagliero and Ould-Braham before they retire. @Buddy how lucky you are to have seen many amazing dancers. I also love Moussin.
  17. Me, too! I grew up on that and the VHS of Don Quixote with Baryshnikov and Cynthia Harvey. To me, that will always be my favorite Don Q!
  18. Thank you for the update on David Zaleev! This is fantastic news and I wish him a full recovery and many years of ballet ahead.
  19. @Buddy thank you for always keeping up to date on all things Russian Ballet! A big congratulations to all of the new Mariinsky dancers!
  20. Here is a great video of her with ABT somewhere between 1983-1985 dancing in Paquita.
  21. Wow! I didn't realize that Alice Renavand joind the corps de ballet in 1997. I assumed she was in her early 30's. Emilie Cozette will be due to retire very soon as well.
  22. You've made a great point! No doubt Ganio will be superb in any role that he dances.
  23. David Zaleyev is a gorgeous dancer and I will keep him in my prayers. May he have a quick and complete recovery and a very long ballet career. Maria Iliushkina continues to impress me. @Buddy I completely agree with you that she has a wonderful balance of youthfulness and artistic maturity. There is a regalness about her while still have a since of innocence and purity. I would LOVE to see her as Giselle and Juliet. She would also make a lovely La Sylphide. There are videos of Baoteva's Giselle with Sergeev and he is fantastic in them. His makeup was too heavy, but hopefully that will be fixed this time around.
  24. Your post made me want to look ay the Bolshoi site and you are absolutely correct-Maria Allash has danced that role the most by far! Alexandrova and Shipulina have had their fair share, but Allash is danced it the most by a long shot. Luckily, Kovalyova will have Denis Rodkin as a partner. Hopefully his height and experience will aid her in the control of those gorgeous long legs of hers.
  25. I'll also add Yulia Stepanova. She debuted that role in 2017. Viktoria Tereshinka calls this her favorite role so it must be quite an honor to be cast as Mekhmene Banu. I wish Kovalyova much success on her debut!
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