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Zhiganshina has been promoted to Soloist per the Bolshoi site

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Igor Tsvirko is now listed as a principal dancer on the site of the Hungarian State Opera Ballet and is already scheduled to dance with the company in Don Quixote in New York this November and also to dance Mayerling with them in June 2019 .  I can't quite figure out whether that means he is departing the Bolshoi or not though informal reports had seemed to assume as much. Here is his page on the English version of the Hungarian State Opera Site--which creates what I trust is the misleading impression that he will be dancing eight performances of Mayerling in the course of nine days. Which makes one wonder if he will be dancing both the Don Quixotes for New York that are listed.

http://www.opera.hu/tarsulat/szemely/tsvirko-igor/?lan=en

Whatever night he dances...if I were in New York, I would make every effort to see his Basilio.

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Tsvirko and his wife Evgenia Savarskaya are no longer listed on the Bolshoi's site, so apparently the move is permanent. I guess despite starring roles in three of four live broadcasts this season, Tsvirko was not happy at the company. Or perhaps 13 years after graduation from ballet school, Savarskaya saw no chances of advancing out of the Bolshoi's corps, and they decided it was time to seek a more conducive work environment.

Tsvirko is now the second dancer featured in the Play for Him prorgram presented in late April, to have left the company, the other being Vladislav Kozlov, now in San Francisco. I suppose Moscow audiences will be watching a little nervously to see what becomes of the program's other two soloists, Vyacheslav Lopatin and Denis Savin. (In the case of Savin, his talents are so undervalued at the Bolshoi that I would encourage him to go elsewhere. His role as the King of Nubia in the forthcoming revival of The Pharaoh's Daughter is an insult to his abilities.)

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I don’t get Tsvirko’s hype on social media, except that he was always pushed on Internet by his teacher at the Moscow Academy, Kuznetsov. An ok demicaractere Soloist - shortish and muscular.

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I’m not a big fan of Tsvirko but after Lobukhin and Vasiliev, he was the lead most suited to the warrior roles, particularly Spartacus- strong, powerful, swaggering.  

 

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I'm not an admirer either, but it is a little surprising that a dancer who enjoyed such recent prominence should have jumped ship.

I don't fully agree about his "warrior" credentials. I think the last thing I saw him dance was the Flames of Paris duet at the Adyrkhaeva birthday gala, and he was trying to out-Vasiliev Vasiliev, except that he couldn't, and he shouldn't have attempted that approach. He came across as an labored, inelegant bulldozer.

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Another Bolshoi dancer scheduled to dance with the Hungarian National Ballet in New York, as Kitri no less, is Diana Kosyreva. She is still listed on the Bolshoi site, although that may change after her final scheduled performance next week. 

Kosyreva has been little used under the current Bolshoi management, although she dances plenty of leading roles as a guest of provincial theaters in Russia, and has probably decided that she's not likely to advance out of the Bolshoi's corps, trading that in for a demi-soloist contract in Budapest.

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Tsvirko  does have his fans though and one London fan I know was planning a trip to see him with the Bolshoi in Milan this autumn.  I looked at Tsvirko's Facebook page and there was no announcement that he  was leaving the Bolshoi, nor mention that he was joining the Hungarians which seems odd.  If anyone has further news I'd like to hear it.

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Budapest is cheaper than Milan and easier to visit than Moscow, so for Tsvirko's Londoner fans, this may actually be a boon.

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Back from vacation and trying to catch up with doings at the Bolshoi.  That Raymonda -- what on earth happened with the casting?  I saw before I left that Kovalyova and Tissi were scheduled for a matinee debut and then suddenly they were dancing two of the three scheduled performances. I see from the website that Kovalyova did not actually perform, that Tissi debuted with Mary Allash and that Stepanova, who had been originally scheduled for one performance actually performed twice.  I hope that Kovalyova was not injured! Bravos to Allash and Stepanova for saving the day! But why did this happen?

Some video of one of the Stepanova/Ovcharenko performances.

 

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5 minutes ago, Quinten said:

Back from vacation and trying to catch up with doings at the Bolshoi.  That Raymonda -- what on earth happened with the casting?  I saw before I left that Kovalyova and Tissi were scheduled for a matinee debut and then suddenly they were dancing two of the three scheduled performances. I see from the website that Kovalyova did not actually perform, that Tissi debuted with Mary Allash and that Stepanova, who had been originally scheduled for one performance actually performed twice.  I hope that Kovalyova was not injured! Bravos to Allash and Stepanova for saving the day! But why did this happen?

Kovalyova was injured.

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RE: removed posts.

If you want to discuss the discussion, or to have pissing contests, take it to social media, where air quotes are legion, or your own blog.

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According to the Bolshoi website, Jacopo Tissi has been promoted to Leading Soloist, and Alyona Kovalyova and Margarita Shrainer have each been promoted to First Soloist. Congratulations to all.

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8 minutes ago, Quinten said:

According to the Bolshoi website, Jacopo Tissi has been promoted to Leading Soloist, and Alyona Kovalyova and Margarita Shrainer have each been promoted to First Soloist. Congratulations to all.

Great news - especially for Shrainer, who jumped a rank!  Zhiganshina also was promoted to soloist recently.  I do wonder why Soares has not been also been promoted though.  

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I’m surprised Marchenkova hasn’t been promoted as her body of work has been stronger than Zhiganshina’s. But maybe she’s too old for Vaziev

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9 hours ago, MadameP said:

Great news - especially for Shrainer, who jumped a rank!  Zhiganshina also was promoted to soloist recently.  I do wonder why Soares has not been also been promoted though.  

 

3 hours ago, Deflope said:

I’m surprised Marchenkova hasn’t been promoted as her body of work has been stronger than Zhiganshina’s. But maybe she’s too old for Vaziev

News is coming out in dribs and drabs.  More promotions and other changes could be coming.  

Among the women, we have 2 Vaganova dancer promotions and one Moscow school.  I'm betting on Marchenkova to at least get out of the corps. 

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I’m surprised Marchenkova hasn’t been promoted as her body of work has been stronger than Zhiganshina’s. But maybe she’s too old for Vaziev

The amount, not the quality. I have had an ample opportunity to observe the company since Vaziev took it over two years ago, and I was positively impressed with Zhiganshina on several occasions.

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New additions to the corps de ballet announced at the gathering of the troupe at the beginning of the 243rd season: Alexander Trikoz , Peter Attica , Denis Zakharov , Roman Mudragel , Nikita Oparin.

Award for outstanding creative contribution to the 242nd season: Alena Kovaleva, Denis Savin, Olga Marchenkova. This and more details regarding plans for the new season (in Russian) at https://www.bolshoi.ru/about/press/articles/none/company-gathering-14-09-2018/

 

 

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