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  1. Thank you everyone for the reports! I've enjoyed reading them.
  2. http://youtu.be/Te9S-zaYYJA I can see why this would be challenging to take on tour. Still it looks quite lovely...
  3. Thanks, Natalia! Novikova looks so lovely and confident.
  4. Yes, both as a guest artist with other companies and (just once, I think) at the Bolshoi.
  5. That is correct, Natasha. I got mixed up with Lavrovsky's Giselle, but it was Sakharov' the version I was thinking of-(which I sometimes see in the recording with the great Strutchkova). Sergeev' version I don't know, but in any case I don't understand why Russian ballet is willing so often to let go previous beautiful productions-(as with the Imperial Little Humpbacked Horse, which I'm sure could have been resurrected)-to favor all this new stuff... At least Zakharov version is still active at the Bolshoi, I believe... Actually, I think the Bolshoi now does Yuri Possokhov's Cinderella which premiered in 2006 (I saw it when they brought it to DC the following year). ...Someone please correct me if I'm wrong!
  6. And here is another video of her in Firebird: http://youtu.be/VNW7j6L3TQI
  7. I was not aware of that. Thanks a lot, dirac!
  8. I just finished Passion to Dance: the National Ballet of Canada by James Neufeld. (My only prior knowledge of the NBC before reading Neufeld's book consisted of the 1970s recording of Nureyev's Sleeping Beauty, Karen Kain and Frank Augustyn in the Footnotes TV series, and passing references in books of Erik Bruhn's Swan Lake which featured a female Rothbart.) A very fascinating and informative read about the company and its history.
  9. The Paris Opera Ballet will have three broadcasts in France and Belguim during the 2012-2012 season that aren't part of the Ballet in Cinema series: Don Quixote (Nureyev version) - December 18, 2012 Gustav Mahler's Third Symphony (Neumeier) - April 18, 2013 La Sylphide (Lacotte after Taglioni) - June 27, 2013 (retransmission) (Perhaps the Dupont/Ganio recording from 2005?) http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2012/08/paris-opera-ballet-live-broadcasts.html
  10. Did anyone hear last Wednesday's Proms featuring Prokofiev's complete Cinderella performed by the London Symphony Orchestra? I just listened to it on the BBC Proms website. Valery Gergiev's tempo was quite fast at times. There were parts of the score that were played in ways I'd never heard before, and wondered if it was due to the number, and/or balance of the instruments. Overall, a lovely performance that reconfirmed this as one of my favorite ballet scores, and left me longing for my out-of-reach DVDs of the ballet.
  11. Those clips are beautiful! If it was released on DVD, I would get in line for it.
  12. Thank you for your reviews, Helene. I felt like I was there (a wish still yet to be granted).
  13. Well, never knew it was possible to almost ruin an Olympic Closing Ceremony. NBC has tried my patience this summer -- not so much due to the tape delay, but more for how it seemed a lot of the sports I enjoyed didn't get a ton coverage. Thankfully, for whatever reason, I've always been more a fan of the opening ceremonies than the closing ones, otherwise I may have thrown something at the TV Sunday night. The only things I enjoyed were extinguishing of the Olympic Torch (which I felt I didn't completely see due to the editing), the final awesome fireworks display (couldn't they have shown that before previewing their show with the monkey?), and the closing credits. Oh, well. Thank you, London, for putting on a wonderful Summer Olympics! I have many memories to hold me over until Sochi 2014.
  14. The only summer movie I've seen is Brave. Stunning animation and music. I liked it about as much as Ratatouille, which is pretty low in my personal ranking of Pixar's films.
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    Evgenia Obraztsova

    So young and talented...
  17. Thanks for the heads up, Cygnet. The premiere of Onegin sounds interesting. Any thoughts regarding possible casts?
  18. Lovely video. She made her debut as Odette/Odile at home way back in the beginning of 2009, the same year she guested with the Royal Ballet in their Swan Lake production. I am not sure if the Mariinsky has given her more performances of the role since then or not. Will this be Shirinkina's first time dancing Cinderella?
  19. The diving competition continues to be impressive, with the Chinses dominating as expected. How wonderful for Troy Dumais to finally win a medal in his 4th Olympics! Gabby was great. Congratulations to her. Felt so sorry for Aly, who has become a favorite for me during these games. Apparently the English National Ballet performed an excerpt from Swan Lake before the Women's All-Around at the O2. Found this very low quality video: http://youtu.be/IdCndyygmME
  20. One of my favorites. Do you know who was the narrator, Kathleen?
  21. What has everyone been reading this summer? *Les Miserables by Victor Hugo *In the Water They Can't See You Cry by Amanda Beard *The Satanic Mill by Otfried Preußler *The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer *The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer *Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl *Do You Think I'm Beautiful? by Angela Thomas
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