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About Lidewij

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  1. Wonderful thread to come back to after 10 years, indeed. My favourite at that time would have been La Esmeralda, and I'm really sad that the new production at the Bolshoi has been removed from the repertoire again. I absolutely adored it and would love to see the new generation of Bolshoi ballerinas in it.
  2. I just finished watching a recording of the Vikharev version. I’m surprised that it’s so much less radical (many Ponomarev elements are retained including the entire Shades scene - aside from 1 phrase in Nikiya’s coda) AND so much less effective. Especially the appearances of Nikiya in the fourth act. In the Ratmansky version it feels a lot like the party scene from La Sylphide, but in the Vikharev it doesn’t. I really love this production by Alexei Ratmansky, and I do hope there will be a professional recording some time. I’m so glad I made this trip to Berlin!
  3. Oh, definitely! I love the footwork and the extra details, and most of all I love that the story makes sense! I wish I could've seen 2 different casts, but honestly all dancers are doing such a wonderful job that I don't mind seeing them twice.
  4. Thanks for this, cubanmiamiboy. I’m also in Berlin and wanted to read a bit about all other productions there are (I watched the first act of Vikharev, but didn’t get around to finishing it). Looking forward to my second viewing tonight!
  5. Is the Grand Pas choreography exactly the same as the Bolshoi's (also by Burlaka)?
  6. There are a few clips on YouTube of her performance in "Etudes": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMWZ1u4CTMM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsE72KtgFQ0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V4kaCcxavA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlwsQjLyEcY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCnsD5ERmSg
  7. Lidewij

    Ulyana Lopatkina

    I just found this video and thought others might be interested as well. Ulyana Lopatkina as Myrtha in Giselle back in 1994:
  8. I think that Vasiliev adapted the choreography for Anyuta on stage. Kaptsova and Nikulina also don't do the sequence on pointe.
  9. I attended several of her performances at Het Nationale Ballet, including her farewell performance, and I can say her épaulement was still as exquisite as it was in her Kirov days.
  10. I understand why you would do that, but if members interested in the Bolshoi ballet company would do a search using the "regular" spelling, your messages probably won't turn up in the results. Ditto for dancer's names. And that's just too bad, because you obviously put a lot of work into your reviews.
  11. Brigitte Lefevre just posted the following on Facebook:
  12. I can't find the trailer on YouTube. Do you have a link?
  13. I'm using an iPad mini, and I don't have any problems.
  14. There is a 1957 film out there of the Messerer production featuring Maya Plisetskaya, it also has 6 dancers in a totally different dance of the cygnets. You can find it on YouTube in its entirety, the cygnets start around 32 minutes into it.
  15. A film of the full performance at the Kremlin theatre: Haven't watched it entirely yet, but it's very interesting to see the Nijinska choreography for Ravel's Boléro. I wonder how they preserved it until today.. edit: the description of the video says this was filmed at the Kremlin, but the curtain in between the ballets is clearly that of the Mariinsky theatre.
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