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  1. Although this is amazing impressive technique, I found it quite unnecessary if the ballerina struggles too long for it, like the second one Tereshkina did. It broke the emotion of the variation which is so important to this particular one.
  2. Casting for Giselle: Giselle Svetlana Lunkina (November 6 at 7:30 pm/November 9 at 2:00 pm) Elena Lobsanova (November 7 at 2:00 pm) Heather Ogden* (November 7 at 7:30 pm) Sonia Rodriguez (November 8 at 7:30 pm) Greta Hodgkinson (November 9 at 7:30 pm) Jillian Vanstone (November 10 at 2:00 pm) Albrecht Harrison James (November 6 at 7:30 pm/November 9 at 2:00 pm) Naoya Ebe (November 7 at 2:00 pm) Brendan Saye* (November 7 at 7:30 pm) Francesco Gabriele Frola (November 8 at 7:30 pm/November 10 at 2:00 pm) Guillaume Côté (November 9 at 7:30 pm) Hilarion Piotr Stanczyk (November 6, 7, 9 at 7:30 pm/November 9 at 2:00 pm) Skylar Campbell (November 7, 10 at 2:00 pm/November 8 at 7:30 pm) Queen of the Wilis Heather Ogden (November 6, 9 at 7:30 pm) Chelsy Meiss* (November 7 at 2:00 pm) Hannah Fischer (November 7 at 7:30 pm/November 9 at 2:00 pm) Jenna Savella* (November 8 at 7:30 pm/November 10 at 2:00 pm) * Debut Casting for Orpheus Alive & Chaconne Orpheus Alive Orpheus Jenna Savella (November 15, 20 at 7:30 pm) Heather Ogden (November 16 at 2:00 pm/November 21 at 7:30 pm) Hannah Fischer (November 16 at 7:30 pm/November 17 at 2:00 pm) Eurydice Spencer Hack (November 15, 20 at 7:30 pm) Harrison James (November 16 at 2:00 pm/November 21 at 7:30 pm) Brendan Saye (November 16 at 7:30 pm/November 17 at 2:00 pm) Eurydice’s Mother Sonia Rodriguez (November 15, 21 at 7:30 pm/November 16 at 2:00 pm) Tanya Howard (November 16, 20 at 7:30 pm/November 17 at 2:00 pm) Chaconne Heather Ogden and Harrison James (November 15, 16 at 7:30 pm/November 17 at 2:00 pm) Koto Ishihara and Naoya Ebe (November 16 at 2:00 pm/November 21 at 7:30 pm) Heather Ogden and Brendan Saye (November 20 at 7:30 pm)
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    David Zaleyev

    He is good in solo technique (which declined a bit after his recent injury. His golden idol was more impressive in 2015 than Costa Mesa tour two weeks ago). However, I have to say, he not good at partnering and acting. If you can find his video clips with Anastasia Lukina, his disadvantages were obvious. Lukina nearly fell off his arms in Act II and he knocked her off pointe in Act III. He jumped around like a kid to accept the applause after Act III variation when he was supposed to keep the royal charm of his character.
  4. I totally understand the situation of individual dancers. However, in a situation like this, when both advertised artists cannot show up, the organizer BiletRu. Us should inform the audience in advance and give the option of refund. It is not a casting change of Mariinsky Ballet, when you can see another high level Mariinsky dancer instead of another.
  5. Don’t go if you have not bought tickets. Think again even you have bought them. Just came back from Toronto performance. The worst ballet GALA I have ever seen. No Igor Kolb, No Aleksandra Iosifidi. No printed program. The only dancer I could recognize is Vitaly Biktimirov, first soloist of Bolshoi. The other half besides Carmen include Russian Dance, Raymonda dream scene, Harlequinade, Dying Swan, Don Quixote pdd. Almost all lousily performed.
  6. I watched it yesterday in the cinema. I found Olga did not respond to the music well in Act I, especially in her multiple variations. At first, I thought it might be the broadcasting problem. But her previous video clips on Youtube show the same problem. It turned better for Act II and III. I love her Grand Pas with nobility and femininity. The overall arrangement of Act I was so boring. Fortunately, Igor Tsvirko spiced it up in Act II. Elizaveta Kokoreva, a new graduate of Moscow State Academy of Choreography, was very lovely in Grand Pas Variation.
  7. I saw Ishihara today at the company class for Canada Culture Day. She was so impressive with superb technique and beautiful lines. I cannot wait to see her live in peasant PDD in Giselle.
  8. I want to give a different recommendation on Somova. She is THE best Aurora in Mariinsky IMHO. Super beautiful and sweet with great technique and musicality. Her weakness in arms is not obvious in Sleeping Beauty. She was cast in dvd and online broadcast. I have to agree with Fateev on these decisions although disagreeing on many others. Askerov may not look so handsome as Parish but his technique is no worse. You can check out her and Novikova's video online as other fans to find out your own preference.
  9. According to the podcast interview, she will be back to studio in September or October. She will probably miss the fall season.
  10. This website might help with real seat photos with audience in the front to feel the rake. https://aviewfrommyseat.com/venue/segerstrom+hall/
  11. Thank you so much for the information. I hope that she will get the main roles soon.
  12. Brendan Saye is not a great classical technician, but he is excellent in modern ballet, such as Apollo and Forsythe, with great musicality and stage presence. His Apollo was almost as good as Hallberg's IMHO.
  13. I went to Sunday Matinee performance too. (I sat in upper tiers, so I do not want to comment on what happened in orchestra stalls. But yes, it was Forsythe who came out during the second bow.) The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude (Hannah Galway, Jeannine Haller, Jordana Daumec, Skylar Campbell, Brendan Saye) Maybe it is the music and the tutus, it gave me an impression of Forsythe style in a more classical form. Brendan Saye was gorgeous. He has a perfect body, superb musicality and stage presence. Skylar Campbell was quick and light as a feather, as he always was. The three ballerinas were average, I have to say. They worked through those quick footworks, but not very exactly. And their phrasing has nothing special. Bravo to the minimalistic costumes by Stephen Galloway. Simple, modern, elegant and unpretentious. Approximate Sonata 2016 (Sonia Rodriguez and Donald Thom, Xiao Nan Yu and Brent Parolin, Greta Hodgkinson and Kota Sato, Chelsy Meiss and Guillaume Côté) I did not get the choreography itself for this first view. I will try again on Wednesday for another cast. Xiaonan Yu and Greta Hodgkinson did not have the attack for Forsythe, which is understandable considering their age. I liked 4th Sonata by Chelsy Meiss and Guillaume Côté the most. They showed me the energy and humour that I linked with Forsythe. Sonia Rodriguez was impressive in 5th Sonata. The Second Detail My favorite piece of the triple bill. With more dancers, there were more diverse body movement, more complex stage geometry and more humorous correspondence. Due to the weird casting list, I can not tell all the dancers. I recognized Greta Hodgkinson, Sonia Rodriguez, Chelsy Meiss, and Félix Paquet. I loved Sonia Rodriguez and Chelsy Meiss in this piece. They had the athletic lines and energy for “attack”. They also showed more playfulness and joy of dance on stage. No wonder Rodriguez was chosen to feature the poster. She can definitely tackle Forsythe.
  14. Casting for The Merry Widow: https://national.ballet.ca/Productions/2018-19-Season/The-Merry-Widow Hanna Glawari Xiao Nan Yu (June 19, 22 at 7:30 pm) Heather Ogden (June 20, 22 at 2:00 pm) Sonia Rodriguez* (June 20 at 7:30 pm) Greta Hodgkinson (June 21 at 7:30 pm/June 23 at 2:00 pm) Count Danilo Danilowitch Guillaume Côté (June 19, 22 at 7:30 pm) Harrison James* (June 20, 22 at 2:00 pm) Piotr Stanczyk* (June 20 at 7:30 pm) Evan McKie* (June 21 at 7:30 pm/June 23 at 2:00 pm) Valencienne Jillian Vanstone (June 19, 22 at 7:30 pm) Miyoko Koyasu* (June 20, 22 at 2:00 pm) Tina Pereira* (June 20 at 7:30 pm) Chelsy Meiss* (June 21 at 7:30 pm/June 23 at 2:00 pm) Camille de Rosillon Naoya Ebe* (June 19, 22 at 7:30 pm) Jack Bertinshaw* (June 20, 22 at 2:00 pm) Skylar Campbell* (June 20 at 7:30 pm) Félix Paquet* (June 21 at 7:30 pm/June 23 at 2:00 pm)
  15. I am a big fan of Svetlana Lunkina (definitely a jewel in the crown). For Mixed Programme in March, I liked Brendan Saye’s Apollo and Campbell’s Night the most. So I will definitely try to go to their performances. Frola was lovely in Alice in Wonderland. It is a pity he will stay with ENB for Cinderella in June.
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