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  1. There's a lovely instagram clip of Maria Iliushkina performing Princess Florine (with Nikita Korneyev) from The Sleeping Beauty recently. In December she was given an extra Odette/Odile (Swan Lake). As a Second Soloist, it's always nice to have Odette/Odile as your specialty. 😊 The vibrant and indomitable Renata Shakirova has performed four leads in the last ten days. She has another tomorrow. It's fun sometimes to look around the edges of a performance. I remember the Rajah in La Bayadere, who's imperiously seated at a game chess that he's just won, paying no attention to Nikiya,
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  3. The main, historic stage, theatre continues its one space between each two seats arrangement. I can't really tell from the ticket sale's seating charts what maximum capacity it's allowing. The next January into February performances are in consecutive groups of approximately four, starting with Nureyev, Manon Lescaut and Le Corsaire. There's a full schedule through March. https://www.bolshoi.ru/en/timetable/?Y=2021&M=01 Here's tonight cast for Nureyev. https://www.bolshoi.ru/en/performances/1025/roles/#20210122190000
  4. Hi, Tom, and thank you for your post which is very much appreciated. Since dance is an art without words, can I try to respond and carry on the general thread of this topic without words. Maria Kochetkova Laser https://www.instagram.com/p/CFKVKD3BGnq/ Dancer The Vine Sandro Boticelli detail Birth of Venus Sandro Boticelli detail Primavera
  5. Some video clips have appeared of Renata Shakirova and she's as vibrant and exciting as ever. She makes an interesting contrast to recent views of Oxana Skorik, who's also doing very well. Oxana Skorik features her longer and very sculpturesque lines. Her style is slightly more dramatised, but it changes in emphasis from one performance to the next, as compared to her remarkable gentleness of flow. She does take more technical chances and succeeds commendably. Renata Shakirova has a vibrant spark and surety that makes her a delight and her technical prowess is exciting. Oxana Skorik's exceptio
  6. He's very clever. Thank you. She's preciously cool as usual. Voyage, voyage, plus loin que la nuit et le jour (voyage, voyage) (Travel, travel, further than the night and the day)
  7. The Mariinsky had a slight closer for the holiday season and is now featuring the "Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre" until January 23, a few performances after and a two week 'blank space' until February 12 when Alina Somova and Vladimir Shklyarov will appear in La Bayadère. Seating continues with no spacing between seats and the La Bayadere seems nearly sold out. Both the Mariinsky and the Bolshoi (which is only allowing 25% capacity seating, I believe) are running a complete schedule of full scale performances. Although I and others have rather mixed feelings, I do continue to hope f
  8. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CJwLJJLHFsQ/?igshid=1ca4mf47d4n4m (Thanks to FionaE at BalletcoForum)
  9. And, yes, there do seem to be times when she can simply lose herself in the beautiful dance and the magical music, without having to go beyond. Wendy Whelan has stated that it's these moments that she loves the most when she's dancing.
  10. Not only does Allegra Kent perform George Balanchine's brilliant and seemingly difficult and demanding structural maneuvers extremely well, but she surpasses and uses them in asserting her portrayal. She shows respect for them, but she's, above all, a statement of human expression. She's 'no lady just doing the steps.' Did Suzanne Farrell ever perform this ? I'd be curious what anyone might think the differences would be. George Balanchine has been quoted as saying that what set Allegra Kent apart from other exceptional ballerinas was her intelligence. Would Suzanne Farrell have bee
  11. What this performance and this work show so beautifully is that Dance is the weaving of dreams without words. Some thoughts from William Shakespeare, the master of words. -- Dance "The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, ....The motions of his spirit are dull as night" “Our bodies are our gardens to the which our wills are gardeners.” -- Elevated being. Some nobility can be found at all levels of motivation and all forms of character. “For thy sweet love remembr'd such wealth brings That then,
  12. " Despite enormous challenges there have been some serendipitous moments of joy and inspiration that perhaps would not have found space for themselves in the rush of 'normal life.' " -- Cathy Marston See Video. https://www.dancemagazine.com/cathy-marston-2649618902.html (Thanks to Ian Macmillan at BalletcoForum)
  13. Still watching, still dazzled. I've mentioned a lot about how I feel that this duet captures the finest of Shakespeare. Something that I may not have mentioned, but could be obvious, is facial expression. Allegra Kent's face seems to cover a range of emotion, meaning and expression that captures the aura of what Shakespeare's characters were intended to convey at their loftiest, something that gives value and wonder to human endeavor. It's an elevated state of being, something that shows at least moments of nobility at all levels of motivation. The dance, the music and the theatrical infl
  14. Yesterday she once again performed her Swan Lake with Nikita Korneyev. I've not seen any video clips. Something that still seems worth keeping in mind is her ability to 'nuance,' perhaps even transform, this classic ideal (Odette/Odile) and others into more fairylike and magical beings. This represents an ability that can be very unobtrusive and go unnoticed. Yet it does have a very strong effect, even if we aren't always aware of it. Along with this is a commendable competence. Let's continue to see where this leads to. It could be something quite beautiful.
  15. The entire final program can now be seen. It's a mix as described in the post above. Maria Khoreva is the winner. I've glanced through and one of the performances that I enjoyed is danced by Evgenia Obraztsova to the singing of one the program's hosts, Ildar Abdrazakov, at 1:09:00. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEHgNSkYZ-w (Thanks to Sophia at Dansomanie)
  16. "On December 19, at 15:30, the Russia-Culture TV channel will air the final release of the fourth season of the Bolshoi Ballet project, in which the names of the winners will be announced. Watch the replay on December 22 at 20:45. "It will be a kind of gala concert: first, the contestants of the current season, the participants and winners of the project of previous years, as well as the stars of the ballet stage will perform in front of the audience. Among them are Elena Svinko and Yuri Kudryavtsev; Anna Tikhomirova and Honored Artist of Russia Artem Ovcharenko; People's Artist of Russia
  17. https://www.broadwayworld.com/videoplay/VIDEO-Pennsylvania-Ballet-Releases-Digital-Holiday-Card-20201215 (Thanks to Jan McNulty at Balletco.Forum)
  18. "Hope to see her as much as possible." (See previous post) "I wish I may, I wish I might, Have the wish I wish tonight" Three nights later Viktoria Brilyova's returned as the Tall Girl in Rubies by George Balanchine -- And does she have personality ! , and it's the right kind -- and once again it's on video. Brava !
  19. A burst of sunshine, for me anyway -- Viktoria Brilyova. https://www.mariinsky.ru/en/company/ballet/soloists/coryphees/coryphees_woman/brilyova1/ She appeared as the Street Dancer in Don Quixote, Saturday, and she arrived along with the first video clip that I've seen of her since she starred in Maxim Petrov's mostly delightful "Cinéma" with Andrei Yermakov years ago. She looked vibrant as she did then. I wonder if she could do Kitri ? Hope to see her as much as possible.
  20. A quick thought. The comparison of what Maria Khoreva and Wendy Whelan do with the emmensely beautiful "After The Rain" (which can be seen in the two videos posted above) is touchingly poetic and embracing. Wendy Whelan, who probably helped fashion this work, is soulful and transcendent. Maria Khoreva is magnificent sculpture that she can extend into masterful and enthralling motion. Added: I have to wonder, when some coaches instruct every detail, how a dancer like Maria Khoreva is able to assert her own brilliance and identity ? Maybe the coach just says,"Yes, I like the way that you
  21. Here's the six program with more contemporary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOdMBHfC4WU&feature=youtu.be A friend in Saint Petersburg sent me a summary in russian of what everyone said. about Maria Khoreva's and Vladimir Shklyarov's performance of Christopher Wheeldon's After The Rain (starting at 59:50). The judges were Diana Vishneva, Farukh Ruzimatov, Denis Matvienko and Alexei Miroshnichenko. This is a Google translation. In the video, the guys are congratulated on a wonderful performance. The presenter said that not only they were on stage today, but there was
  22. Of the Modern-classical works, this should certainly be included in my list from the previous post. After The Rain (Christopher Wheeldon) Here it is just posted by Maria Khoreva from the "Bolshoi Ballet" tv competition filmed in July(?). She dances it with Vladimir Shklyarov. (They received a 39 from a possible 40) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=az4IZUTtm2c And here once again is Wendy Whelan's and Craig Hall's classic performance at 14:10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D316-KMBU8 Added: A friend in Saint Petersburg sent me a summary of what every
  23. Is it love or is it respect that makes a ballerina so compelling ? Modern-classical moments. Yekaterina Kondaurova and Alexei Ratmansky's Concerto DSCH. Her performance is of a duet, that I never really noticed before, having seen the entire work at least twice. She has a way of making things special. I briefly discussed this in my previous post. And in this instance the work is really worthy of her. The performance is from March but it's included at an instagram site with current ones from the Mariinsky. It's a Modern-classical duet and it's magnificent. I would list this
  24. As sort of a followup to yesterday's post, one of the instagrams was of Yekaterina Kondaurova with Andrey Ermakov in Alexei Ratmansky's Concerto DSCH. What sets her apart is her ability to take unfamiliar material and be totally at home with it, committing herself completely to make it believable, worthwhile and one of a kind. Her moves, her facial expression, are often brilliant in their interpretation and effect. The young Maria Khoreva has a similar ability, but I notice it more with the classics. They don't lose their identity, but are enhanced.
  25. A few instagram video clips have appeared that have prompted some general thoughts. One video is a rarity, for me anyway, of Alina Somova as Juliet. I still consider Oxana Skorik to be perhaps the most beautiful ballerina today. But there are also two 'wildcards' at the Mariinsky that can be similarly beautiful, Alina Somova and Yekaterina Kondaurova. I call them 'wildcards' because it depends on their focus as to what qualities they'll emphasise during a particular performance. They both have exceptional range and this is what makes them so exciting. Yekaterina Kondaurova has possi
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