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About Ostrich

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    avid balletgoer and ballet teacher
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    South Africa
  1. Ostrich

    Natalia Osipova

    A very interesting point. Especilly Alexandrova has seen "her" repertoire encroached upon by Osipova, I think. And I'm delighted to hear she will be doing Aurora - she should excell at that!
  2. Ostrich

    Natalia Osipova

    That is well put. And I hope the Lavrovsky R&J comes back into the repertoire soon. Maybe it's more likely to be revived once the Bolshoi moves back into the big theatre?
  3. Ostrich

    Natalia Osipova

    Ballet is out-and-out sexist, I'm afraid. Why put ballerinas in tutus? Why make them dance on pointe? Why expect them to hide their powerful technique behind the air of fragility and delicacy? I understand what previous posters mean when they remark that Alexandrova and Osipova have a "masculinity" about their dancing. That's not to say they are masculine, just not what we normally expect from ballerinas in romantic/classical ballets. In Alexandrova's case I think this comes about because of her commanding presence and maybe also because her arms aren't as long and quite as beautifully shape
  4. Ostrich

    Natalia Osipova

    Thanks, a fascinating interview. Indeed, just seeing it on YouTube made a great impression on me.
  5. It does, cos I've got it! And I vote for a biography of Nadia Nerina. Born in South Africa, trained with Marie Rambert and eventually invited as a guest artist to the Bolshoi, then to dissapear abruptly from the world of ballet - surely there's a fascinating story there?
  6. Paquita, you were interested in Friedemann Vogel's performance of Prince Florimund in South African Ballet Theater's Sleeping Beauty. I saw his opening performance today. Well, I thought it a terrible shame the prince dances so little. His movement quality is exquisitely lyrical and his youthful personality is captivating. At first I was a bit taken aback by his extremely youthful appearance. He looked 18, but "matured" towards the end of the performance. However, he endeared himself to the audience very quickly. The radiance and joy that comes across to the audience when he dances is very cat
  7. Thank you, I certainly will let you know about his performance in Sleeping Beauty. Interestingly enough, we've had Guillaume Cote as a guest artist here twice already as well, but I missed him.
  8. South African Ballet Theater is delighted and so am I. However, since I don't know much about this dancer, I would like some information from those who do, especially regarding his dancing style. In one critical review I read, he was described as "princely", so he seems a good choice for the lead in Sleeping Beauty.
  9. I never saw her personally, but a family member of mine who saw her in the role of Aurora maintains that she was unforgettable - a born princess. IncidentallyI have always admired photos of her immensely.
  10. You're probably all bored of hearing it, but I'll say it again - Carla Fracci!
  11. What's the name of this step that the men do: 1. start in arabesque, bottom knee bent 2. jump off one leg and beat it against the leg in arabesque 3. land in starting position 4. repeat several times and hope that you don't look like a sack of potatoes!
  12. What about Gedemis Taranda? He was usually cast for "bad guy" roles at the Bolshoi, but he is ten times as good looking (and charismatic) as any of the heroes. Irek Mukhamedov (at least when he's on stage) Alexey Fadeyechev Another Dane: Kenneth Greve My list of personal favourites: Henning Kronstam, Erik Bruhn, Andris Liepa, Gedemis Taranda
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