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  1. Already posted from today's noon performance, Yekaterina Osmolkina (partnered finely by Alexei Timofeyev) in a very beautiful and very heart touching presentation of George Balanchine's magnificent Act II Divertissement Duet from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  2. Today, announced as "an Evening of Contemporary Choreography," with two creations by Mariinsky dancers. One brief video clip shows Kristina Shapran. Those remarkably articulate hands should be patented. The work is an older and charming one, "At the wrong time," choreography by Alexander Sergeev. Also performed, "Russian dead ends–II," with a cast including Renata Shakirova. The work is choreographed by Maxim Petrov, who has produced some delightful 20 minuters. I don't recall this one. It looks a bit more on the serious side.
  3. Advise: Attach your computer to my television, which flattens everything, and the world should be round again. 🙂 But still...."so grateful to be able to watch Part's O/O."
  4. Having watched all her performance a few times I've settled in, as I usually do, to the famous White Swan duet, which is in Act I or Act II depending on the production. This duet usually follows the same structure as the one developed in Russia which has been refined for almost a century. This speaks to the fineness of this duet, which for me, represents the essence of ballet. I had the pleasure of being at a reception in St. Petersburg where Veronika Part was present after having made one of her rare performances there. She's a very beautiful woman, but one who's also very modest and una
  5. Thanks, Jack. These young dancers are very impressive.
  6. No matter what we think or write, above all, this performance speaks for itself. The only person performing now that I know of who has done comparably is the Bolshoi's Olga Smirnova, and both these artists come from the same Vaganova/Mariinsky beginnings. Veronika Part is probably the more sensitive and refined, Olga Smirnova the more intellectual with much promising development to look forward to. I've also seen Gillian Murphy in about as many of these as I have Veronika Part. I've often compared them very favorably. Veronika Part, I would say, stands out in her completeness.
  7. Going into Day II. I've seen her perform this live five or six times. I've written pages about it, some of it can probably be seen at her topic. Much of this was done to keep what I saw as alive as possible for as long as possible. Now that I have this in front of me, I just sit there -- Spellbound In Awe.
  8. I've now finished watching all of her dance segments. * ! Excellent ! * At times * ! Amazing ! *
  9. Thanks, California. I've now see all of her dancing through the opening White Swan/Odette Act. This is pretty darn good stuff so far. Highly recommended !
  10. It runs for a little over two hours, Nanushka. I fast forwarded to the end and it all seems to be there.
  11. Edited to say right from the start: Having now watched all of Veronika Part's dance segments This is one extraordinary video ! Maybe many of you have received the same message. "Today, as a small token of appreciation for your continued generosity, we bring you this private link with access to American Ballet Theatre's Swan Lake." I purchased the recent Ratmansky at City Center, which may be why I received this. I also gave a donation last March. In any case - I've yet to see a video that comes close to capturing the magic of Veronika Part, especially her
  12. From my understanding of the disease, Canbelto, it can be very serious, but not necessarily. I talked to one person who was essentially over it in a day or two.
  13. Canbelto, I don't see anything in this post to imply that she's "extremely ill" which I certainly hope that she isn't. Her site does confirm her cancelation of the Mariinsky performances. I do certainly wish her a speedy recovery. Here's a Google translation of the post. leka.spb.ballet's profile picture leka.spb.ballet Verified Friends, I regret to inform you that my next performances have been canceled due to an illness that overtook me. A special pain is the cancellation of a performance in my native Petersburg. I think that I have withstood resistance in an epidemic for a l
  14. Last week the Mariinsky performed Yuri Grigorovich's Legend of Love three times to celebrate its 60th anniversary. In regard to casting, Yekaterina Kondaurova was a knock out when I saw her as Mekhmeneh Bahnu two years ago(?) in Saint Petersburg. Alina Somova and Nadezhda Batoeva, as Shyrin, should also have been outstanding. All casting can be seen here. https://www.mariinsky.ru/en/playbill/playbill/?type=ballet&year=2021&month=3 This is a five minute video clip posted by the Mariinsky. The video only shows some soloist rehearsal and the conversation's in russian. Pro
  15. In regard to the Maria Khoreva and Vladimir Shklyarov performance you may enjoy what the rather distinguished audience had to say. This is a Google translation of what a friend in Russia sent me. The 'audience' comments are from Zvetlana Zakharova, Diana Vishneva, Farouk Ruzimatov , Denis Matvienko.... "In the video, the guys are congratulated on a wonderful performance. The presenter said that not only the two of them were on the stage today, but there was a quartet on the stage, today there was a piano, Victoria Mulova performed brilliantly the solo, this is a famous violinist, our le
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