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Xiaoyi

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  1. According to Victor Hochhauser's website https://victorhochhauser.co.uk/page/repertoires.php Principal Dancers include Elena Lobsanova Heather Ogden Jillian Vanstone Guillaume Côté Naoya Ebe Harrison James Brendan Saye (Subject to alteration) If there is any hope of Svetlana Lunkina, they would have put her in the list.
  2. Since Royal Ballet has so many great Auroras, the regular ROH audience might not bother with NBC (I heard that they do not care for Mariinsky or Bolshoi). I guess the target audience for NBC in summer is the tourists.
  3. Totally agree. Svetlana Lunkina is superb. Finger crossed for London audience.
  4. Rehearsal Casting for Washington DC in January, 2020: Princess Aurora: [Dronina] / Hawes / Lobsanova / [MacDonald] / Ogden / Vanstone ([ ] means possible) Prince Florimund: Cote/ Ebe / Frola / James / Saye London casting will not be far from this. I have not watched NBC's Sleeping Beauty. From my experience of watching NBC, Vanstone / Frola is the best.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. According to the podcast interview, she will be back to studio in September or October. She will probably miss the fall season.
  14. This website might help with real seat photos with audience in the front to feel the rake. https://aviewfrommyseat.com/venue/segerstrom+hall/
  15. Thank you so much for the information. I hope that she will get the main roles soon.
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