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Are Maria Khoreva and Maria Bulanova this year's top graduates from the Vaganova Academy? Will the Academy's top graduates will buck the trend and actually go to the Mariinsky, instead of the Bolshoy?

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Maria Khoreva is an outstanding graduate - beautiful lines, great musicality and expression, technique.  She has everything.  She is an immensely talented ballerina.  

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8 hours ago, MadameP said:

Maria Khoreva is an outstanding graduate - beautiful lines, great musicality and expression, technique.  She has everything.  She is an immensely talented ballerina.  

Looking at the video clip that you posted I agree that she is indeed beautiful. 

http://balletalert.invisionzone.com/topic/42914-2017-2018-season/?page=4&tab=comments#comment-402042

She floats wonderfully. Whereas some dancers have highlight sculpture, she maintains her's throughout. I won't say that one way is more beautiful than the other, but what she does is quite outstanding.

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Just watched a video clip of Maria Bulanova and like her very much as well. She has a looser motion, perhaps bravura-like combined with fineness and lightness. Very lovely. It's only one video glimpse but do I see something of Nina Ananiashvili ('Vaganova-Mariinsky' version) here ?

 

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Anastasia Nuykina is yet another star of the graduating class at the Vaganova Academy, at a similar level as Maria Khoreva. The difference is: she doesn't post a photo on Instagram every five minutes, as a result she is known only to the pedagogues and ballet professionals. Maria Bulanova's main strength is rotation. She spent only three years at the Academy.  A year ago it was Maria Petukhova who was the leader, ahead of Khoreva, alas, her physical development didn't help her. This is a very strong year, there are several other excellent-to-very good girls and an unusual number of really good boys. A promising 6-grader, Anastasia Smirnova, will be highlighted tomorrow in a difficult pas de deux, in the third graduation concert; for a 6-th grader she is already fantastic. Most impressive is, however, the overall level of competence, it reminds the best times at École de danse a couple of decades ago, when the likes of Christiane Vaussard were alive (literally nothing of the former glory remains today in Paris, ballet is dying there).

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4 hours ago, Laurent said:

A year ago it was Maria Petukhova who was the leader, ahead of Khoreva, alas, her physical development didn't help her. This is a very strong year, there are several other excellent-to-very good girls and an unusual number of really good boys. 

Tough call for me on Maria Petukhova, Laurent, whom I’ve just viewed for the first time on video. She dances beautifully, but, yes, weight could be a factor. It would seem that she could easily lose a few pounds if she wanted to. It would make a great deal of difference by today’s ballet standard. A century ago she may have been the ideal.

Also agree that this year’s graduating stars looks very good indeed.

Added: If weight is the issue and she didn't want to be thinner for health reasons, I certainly couldn't blame her. Good health, to me, is much more important.

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Looks like Khoreva's star is continuing to rise.

She, Ionova, and Nuikina recently performed the Odalisque variations for Le Corsaire.

And it looks like casting lists have been updated for some of the fall programming. Khoreva is one of the prince's friends during Swan Lake. And then Surprise! She's going to be the title role in Paquita while Bulanova, Nuikina and Ionova will be doing variations.

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That is very big news about the Paquita.

Perhaps D.C. will get to see the Khoreva, Ionova, Nuikina trio of odalisques....It would be fun to see Bulanova in a featured role as well.

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42 minutes ago, Drew said:

That is very big news about the Paquita.

Perhaps D.C. will get to see the Khoreva, Ionova, Nuikina trio of odalesques....It woukd be fun to see Bulanova in a featured role as well.

One thing I noticed in rewatching some Bulanova clips is how awesome she is at turning. So floaty!

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My inability to type cleanly really is mortifying. I have edited my post above...and yes, in clips Bulanova looks like a gifted turner.

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13 hours ago, howpureisivory said:

She, Ionova, and Nuikina recently performed the Odalisque variations for Le Corsaire.

Thanks for the video.  Question: what makes Mariinsky shoes so noisy?  Is it the shoes or the floor?  

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8 hours ago, Quinten said:

Thanks for the video.  Question: what makes Mariinsky shoes so noisy?  Is it the shoes or the floor?  

I know I've seen videos of Boylston and Peck banging their shoes on stairs or the floor to make them less noisy during performances....maybe it's not as much of an issue abroad?

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I am not sure what pointe shoes they are wearing, but many Russian ballerinas wear Grishko, and they tend to be noisier than other brands. 

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In videos at the Bolshoi, you can't hear that clacky sound -- perhaps you can in the hall, I don't know. 

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Usually, Russian made point shoes like Grishko’s are shaped in a way that resembles a bell. They are also very hard. Add to this the hollowness of the stage and you get a loud sound every time the shoe lands. With Grishko’s, it doesn’t matter how much you bang them out, they still sound louder due to the bell shape. Many Russian dancers have started wearing Gaynor Minden shoes, made out of plastic, that are nearly silent and last much, much longer. Other shoes, like Freed’s, which are made as a performance shoe and break in immediately, and Bloch can be banged out before going on stage so that they are also silent. 

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Thank you Fraildove.  Banging them out, wow.  An oboist friend of mine was complaining (not without reason) of the huge amount of time she had to spend cutting enough reeds for future performances and it struck me this was similar to the tyranny of needing to have enough ballet shoes at the ready.  My oboist friend was surprised and pleased that she had something in common with ballerinas! 😊

 

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