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  1. Thanks Volcanohunter for your post. I'm ITA with you. If I had my druthers, WBD would have never left youtube for Facebook live.
  2. I feel blessed to have lived in the time of Uliana Vyacheslavovna Lopatkina's, career and to have seen her IRL on many occaisions. She is and will always be a magnificent prima ballerina and I add the title "assoluta." As she retires from the stage, she has set a standard of artistry and professionalism for all aspirants to emulate. Since her graduation from Vaganova Academy in 1991, Uliana never ceased to polish her art, and for that I will be forever grateful! Spasibo Uliana and brava forever!
  3. Maps, I'm ITA with you: Irina was a flawless Aurora and Raymonda.
  4. The overwhelming grief must have been too much for her to deal with. This is very, very sad news. Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher will both be sorely missed. RIP Debbie Reynolds .
  5. Unfortunately for the Bolshoi, taking out one A.D. at a time, is also true. I agree with volcanohunter's observations. What I saw wasn't very encouraging; however, Vaziev is trying to reset, re-adjust and get his bearings. The Bolshoi is an entirely different animal than the Mariinsky or La Scala.
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    Evgenia Obraztsova

    Evgenia has been awarded the title Honored Artist of the Russian Federation today! Brava Genichka !! http://www.facebook.com/bolshoitheatre/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE &
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    Evgenia Obraztsova

    Obraztsova recently delivered twins! Congratulations to Genya and her husband, sculptor Andrei Korobtsev! *Edited to add: She had girls.
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    It isn't 'either/or;' it's 'yes' and 'yes.' Gnossie also posted, " Friendly point of clarification: Fateyev is not an "AD;" he was appointed by Gergiev 9 years ago as 'Acting Ballet Director' when former Ballet Director, Makhar Vaziev left for La Scala. Fateyev is now 'Deputy Director of the Ballet Company; Ballet Master.' After 12 years of successfully doing the work of an AD, Vaziev requested that title from the Maestro and the Maestro denied him the position. La Scala (and now the Bolshoi), did not. As to your second point about promotions to Principal, in the Kirov/Mariinsky of
  9. Yes. I recall that both were very diplomatic and didn't say anything derogatory against the Mariinsky. In Zakharova's case, she was already established Mariinsky star and explained that she wanted to grow as an artist. Vaziev was Ballet Director at the Mariinsky when she left. By the time she joined the Bolshoi, she already had a standing invitation to join from Vladimir Vasiliev when he was A.D. After 7 years at the Mariinsky she finally decided to make the move, long after Vasiliev was ousted. As the Mariinsky's Ballet Director, Vaziev gave Obraztsova her first opportunities. After Va
  10. He was an extraordinary guitarist and all-around musician. RIP Prince Rogers Nelson.
  11. "The Sleeping Beauty" with Lesley Collier (Aurora), Anthony Dowell (Prince Florimund), Monica Mason (Carabosse), Marguerite Porter (Lilac Fairy), Jennifer Penny & Wayne Eagling (the Bluebirds) Giselle" with Carla Fracci, Laetitia Pujol, Evgenia Obraztsova, Olesya Novikova & Ekaterina Osmolkina "Ballo della Regina" with Merrill Ashley "La Bayadere" with Altynai Asylmuratova, Daria Pavlenko, Victoria Tereshkina & Uliana Lopatkina "Swan Lake" with Olga Tchyentchikova-Vazieva & Konstantin Zaklinsky, Daria Pavlenko & Uliana Lopatkina
  12. She's appearing at BAM starting tomorrow night.
  13. Thank you Natalia for your report. I'm not happy to learn about Skorik's mega-sketchy opening night. Now that she's attained her position she needs pull herself together and bring it. I'm also disturbed by your Shapran report. The rest of the cast sounds to me like it was another day at the office, i.e. standard operating procedure - especially Tim Askerov's Jean de Brienne. I also nominate Batoeva & Latypov for Raymonda and Jean. She is reliable. Unfortunately, she hasn't been given the opportunity (yet) to essay Raymonda, Aurora or O/O. Time will tell if she will (ever) be a debu
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    Olga Smirnova

    Congratulations to the Bolshoi Ballet's newest prima! Brava Olga
  15. Effective today, Yulia Stepanova and her husband Kamil Yangurazov have landed at Moscow's Stanislavsky Ballet. Stepanova is a soloist: http://stanmus.com/person/1171 Yangurazov is in the corps de ballet: http://stanmus.com/person/1172
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