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  1. For more informations about the Vinogradov 's version, you can read our review of this ballet in the " Other European companies".
  2. Thank you so much Natalia for your reports! They are really very nice and interesting. We like also very much Thomas Lund. He is a really great "master" of the Bournonville style!
  3. On the 22 of May, in the Maly ( Mussorgsky ) Theatre of Opera and Ballet in St. Petersburg, was represented a really pleasant reconstruction of " La Fille Mal Gardee ". This version by Oleg Vinogradov, was created in 1971 for this theatre and was a really big success ( first brillant main interpreters : Galina Pokrishkina and Nikita Dolgushin). The very difficult and acrobatic Vinogradov's choreography, was really impressive especially for the audience of that time. Even now, it is very difficult to imagine any artist to dance this so difficult version. This ballet was mantained in the Maly
  4. Hi Natalia ! It seems the music and some of the costumes were the same of "Princess Pirlipat".Obviously the choreography is different but...no good results ! Another useless production for the Mariinsky Ballet ! Very sad situation.
  5. It is really more and more painful to see how the credibility and the professionalism of the Mariinsky ballet is falling down after every performance. Obviously the fault is not of the artists because they are all professionals of high-level but only of a shameless direction who has the proud to stage this kind of performances on this stage. A clear exemple of the no competence and impudence of the ballet direction, is this " world premiere" of the "Magic Nut". Of course the Mariinsky Theatre, as every top company, wants to be very unique and original in comparison with the other world top-
  6. We don't think that Serghey Popov has danced main roles before. We have seen him only in the corps and sometimes in second roles and in "coriphees" roles. Unfortunately we didn't attend this performance of " Bakhcisarai" but it is difficult for us to imagine S. Popov in main roles. We think he is not quite ready for them yet. He has a very nice face but he is still technically faible with a too skinny legs without muscles. Besides his actor play is not still convincing. Maybe is still early for him. Let's wait .
  7. We don't know. We don't think so. In any case it seems that with Pavlenko everything is O.K.
  8. The same used to said of Vera Trefilova when she was stuck dancing cutesy roles like Manu & Fairy Canari, early on in her career. When she was finally given her chance to dance Aurora, she was seen as a true classical leading ballerina &, later, THE definitive Aurora of the Diaghilev ballet! Just because a dancer is shortish, cute of face & possessing a wide smile (when warranted) does not mean that she doesn't have the makings of a great ballerina in the great lyrical roles...and many feel that Evgenia Obratsova does. Unlike Sheshina & Kullik, Obratsova is proportionally lo
  9. What a beautiful joy, after this continuous indigestion of Balanchine's , Forsythe's repertory, to watch the main classicals ! Only now we can appreciate these events, when the main repertory is not so frequent like in the past. What a sad situation !!! It is also a so big pleasure to see a huge audience after the quite empty hall during the "modern" repertory. Maybe this is mean that the main classicals are still the only to rise the true interest of the public in Russia ( and, we think, everywhere). We only hope that the today's ballet direction, will uderstand it ! ACT FIRST: Unfortunate
  10. In any case, we don't think that Dumchenko is among the " smalls". She is quite tall !
  11. You are true Thalictum, the "small" ballerinas have to be proportioned ,with nice long arms and legs, that is why we have mentioned nice and gracefull dancers like Efremova, Ayupova, Badaeva or Ivanova. You are true about Obrastzova but we think that is very pretty and nice to watch in any case. The main thing for her , is never to be overweight to seems everytime proportioned .
  12. Natalia, unfortunately we didn't attend the last " Sylphide " with E.Obrasztova but we have seen her before in this role and we liked her very much. She is very pretty and light like a real "Sylphide".Her "Juliet" was also very sweet and touching. It is very conforting that the Mariinsky theatre has finally understood that needs also small ballerinas for the repertory and not only that the height is the only main thing in the classical ballet. Today it is becoming really impossible to watch on the stage "Sylphides", " Auroras", "Mashas" or "Juliets" etc. taller sometimes, than their partne
  13. For many people, the Soviet Era was destroying for all the type of arts: many restrictions, many forced changes, many artistic souls " killed". Sometimes this is true. For example, the Soviet authorities have "destroied" many masterpieces of the great choreographer Leonid Yakobson, that was forcerd to change them everytime for stupid rules. In any case he was so talent that he could give us the most beautiful exemples of great and genious choreography. Unforgettable his versions of " Spartacus", " Shurale" and all his choreography miniatures. Even now we can't find anything genious on our c
  14. Hi dear Natalia, we know that Kunakova is working just only with Tereshkina in the Mariinsky theatre but it seems she is not a great teacher even if she was a very good ballerina. Besides it seems that now the Mariinsky ballet is more attentive to the "modern" repertory and is forgetting the main classicals. For exemple in "Raymonda" the corps de ballet seems sometimes not really in a good form, with faible legs and feet. In the past, ballets like " Sleeping Beauty"or "Swan Lake", were represented twice a week so the troupe was always in the best dazzling form. Now, when this ballets are re
  15. Tereshkina is trained by Lubov Kunakova as far as we know. She is a very promising ballerina but maybe she needs to rehearse more or to work with another teacher. Her " Raymonda " was good but with many technical and style mistakes: no nice final poses, no really strong technique, no convincing manner. We' ll wait for her better performances.
  16. Thank you very much Natalia for your reports ! They were really very interesting !!!
  17. Thanks Marc for your opinions, we have really appreciated ! Sorry about Olga Chenchicova that you like so much but we think that, also in her generation , there were much more interesting and nice ballerinas with the same, large repertory of her : Lubov Kunakova, Galina Mesenzeva, Valentina Ganibalova or the youngnest Altinai Assylmuratova and Yulia Makhalina . But of course it depends of the own tastes. Chenchikova was a great ballerina with a large repertory but not really so nice and charming how the others we have mentioned maybe for her specific proportions. We remember for exemple when
  18. Hi Thalictum, you have the completely right disagree with us because anyone has the own taste and this is not debatable. In any case we trying everytime to be sincere as most as we can when we write our reviews. Scherbakov has proved many times that he is a good dancer. We remembered very good performances of him like "Scotch Symphony" or " La Sylphide" in the past for exemple. The last night he danced not bad but not really nice and amazing. Maybe because he was tired or because , how you have written, he was not in a good mood. This can happen with any dancer ! We would not think that the
  19. On the Tchaikovsky Festival, it can't lack the most famous and beautiful of his ballet. Besides, for many years " Swan Lake" was the "visit-card" of the Mariinsky Ballet and, fortunately, even now the ballet troupe seems to keep this fame and tradition. We only hope that any Serghei Vikharev or other insignificant and mediocre choreographers like him, will never massacre this beautiful version that has maked " holy" the russian ballet wordwide. ACT ONE: The corps de ballet was really very clean and precise. The male one also cause often is worse than female. We have distinguished especia
  20. One of the best current examples of a true ballerina who constantly surprises in different types of roles is the Bolshoi's Maria Alexandrova. I was so bowled over by her comedy in Ratmansky's Bright Stream, especially after seeing her in the classics & in modern sturm und drang like Eifman's Russian Hamlet or the Poklitaru Romeo & Juliet. Alexandrova is a dancer who defies categorization. We have seen the last time Maria Alexandrova on a very exciting Gala-programme in St.Petersburg we have reported on the "Recent Performances" not long time ago. She danced the " Faraon's daughter" an
  21. "Ballet Lovers, I'm afraid that she's not a fiery Kitri type but...who knows? As for 'Beauty,' Lopatkina became the Lilac Fairy par excellence in the K. Sergeyev version before the new-old Vikharev reconstruction took over. I can't imagine a more perfect role for Lopatkina in 'Beauty' than Lilac: majestic, generous, all-knowing... As a naive 16-yr-old dainty Aurora? I don't think so but 'wild pigs can fly' on the Kirov stage, nowadays (alas)!!! I'd love to see Lopatkina in Neumeier's Kameliandame or its Ashton counterpart, Marguerite & Armand. Or how about Lopatkina returning to dance Ray
  22. Zhanna Ayupova is pregnant now. We also hope she will come back soon to dance but nobody knows if she wants this !
  23. Inside of the "Tchaikovsky festival", it was really very interesting and curious to attend this "Sleeping Beauty" after the last not very successfully performance we have seen ( Novikova- Kolb) . The theatre was full again. It seems russian and foreigner people still loves very much this performance and, even if there are not sometimes so interesting casts, they want to see this beautiful Sergeev's version that, we think, is uncomparable with anyone we have seen. PROLOGUE: At this time , the corps de ballets was much more precise. Finally it seems they have rehearlsed with the new dancers a
  24. Thank you very much Natalia for your information. It is a really big pity that the Mariinsky Theatre is going to close for a so long time. We knew about it but we hoped that somebody will stop this useless project to reconstruction of the Theatre and to built a second stage. Sometimes the audience hall is quite empty especially if there are not important performances or interesting casts. Why a second stage? At this purpose, there was a big "meeting" in St.Petersburg with many people against this project. Besides the new reconstruction is absolutly out of the style of this lovely city !
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