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  1. I also feel that the young Bella Jones is a very lovely dancer and hope that she has a fine future in ballet.
  2. There've been three Raymondas in a row. A video from yesterday's features Yekaterina Kondaurova (with Andrei Yermakov) at her statuesque finest. The way that she can switch seamlessly from classical to any other style remains remarkable. Not only is she the Mariinsky's stellar performer of anything different from the classical norm, but she can do the hallmark of classicism, Odette/Odile from Swan Lake, as finely as anyone. Also interesting, her husband, Islom Baimuradov, will be appearing as Alexei Karenin from Anna Karenina, which will feature Viktoria Tereshkina. Like Yekaterina Kon
  3. American Ballet Theater live tomorrow, Sunday, April 25, Costa Mesa, California, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Tickets can be had starting at $25 here: https://scfta.org/events/2021/uniting-in-movement The news release and description: https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/orange-county/entertainment/2021/04/24/dancers-with-american-ballet-theatre-emerge-from--bubble--ahead-of-live-performance# (Thanks to Jan McNulty at BalletcoForum)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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."
  7. 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
  8. Thanks, Jack. These young dancers are very impressive.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. I've now finished watching all of her dance segments. * ! Excellent ! * At times * ! Amazing ! *
  12. 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 !
  13. It runs for a little over two hours, Nanushka. I fast forwarded to the end and it all seems to be there.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Here's another quite recent and very lovely interpretation from the Mariinsky's Maria Khoreva and Vladimir Shklyarov. I think that it's principally Maria Khoreva that you want to watch. What do you think of it ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=az4IZUTtm2c She's quite remarkable, especially at her very young age, for being able to put a very fine and often very original, yet totally appropriate, personal imprint on everything including ballet moves that seem codified in stone for several hundred years. I still consider the performance the personal property of Wendy Whelan. She on
  19. I suppose that you could start the day with this documentary instead of a cup of coffee. I did today, but I don't drink coffee. It can still be seen where I live in Southern California on the PBS site until late in April. One of the most impressive quotes was: "I'm grateful to Misha [Mikhail Baryshnikov] who made the move to alter his life completely so that I could have the opportunity to work with him." When you see him do one of his classical mega-spins in "Push Comes To Shove" and then snap his head backward almost to his shoulders you get a definite feel for what Twyla Thar
  20. "Lyrical" The term "Lyrical Dance" has some very specific definitions and descriptions. My use of the word Lyrical is.... "Lyrical: having a pleasantly flowing quality suggestive of music." Merriam-Webster Lyrical and Lyric being the same. "....a true lyric dancer. there were no gaps in her movement." Twyla Tharp Do I think that this is where dance should go ? I did when I started this topic, but dance will go where it wants to and encompasses infinite possibilities. Still, "Lyrical" dancing is something that I love and would want to see as much of as possibl
  21. Why have Dance at all ? This is one of the best reasons that I've come across. From the choreographer, John Taras, who said that his job was * To Make Dancers Look Like Gods And Goddesses * I'm a lover of 'adagio,' the slow and graceful, both in music, from Rock to Mozart, and in dance, as in the ballet duet. The essence of this is something that I would call The Lyrical Flow
  22. The programming is up for April. Casting is listed for the first week. There's no mention of the International Festival, which normally appears at this time. Personal highlights. Olga Smirnova, Giselle, April 2, Pas de deux from the ballet Lady of the Camellias, April 3. Nadezhda Batoeva, Kimin Kim, Swan Lake, April 7 Diana Vishneva, Carmen Suite, April 22 Four George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dreams https://www.mariinsky.ru/en/playbill/playbill/?year=2021&month=4&type=ballet There was a performance several days ago of Yuri Grigorovich's choreographic m
  23. We interrupt this program for a quick advertisement. This is a direction in dance style that I'd really like to see a lot more of. With Wendy Whelan at the helm in this department, maybe it might happen. Wendy Whelan and Craig Hall -- "After The Rain" -- by Christopher Wheeldon Starts at 14:10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D316-KMBU8
  24. Thank you very much once again, Pherank, for taking the trouble to type out these entire paragraphs. And I'll again try to give them as much consideration as I can. To cover some other territory involving the importance of the music for a moment, I return, yes, once again, to the Act II Pas de Deux (duet) from George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Allegra Kent and Jacques d'Amboise. As beautiful as the Mendelssohn music is, and I can't imagine the magnificence of the Pas de Deux without it, I'm totally focussed on the human drama and not really on how it literally relates t
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