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Maybe it's time for Misha to have his own topic.

Here's an interview from the Jerusalem Post in which he talks about how he came to study ballet, reflects on his Mariinsky years and transition to the Bolshoi, and reveals his thoughts about performing the role of Solor with Yulia Stepanova and the Chelyabinsk Ballet in Israel next week.

https://www.jpost.com//Israel-News/Culture/Turning-a-no-into-many-yeses-572106

As Solor with Yulia last May:

 

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Thank you, Quinten!  Lobukhin truly deserves his own thread!  He is a wonderful dancer and partner and a Great actor, with truly magnetic presence on stage.  In particular, he is outstanding in Grigorovich ballets.  

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The original purpose of the Dancers forum was to discuss dancers who were no longer dancing, since their performances wouldn't be discussed in the Company forums.  That has branched out into current dancers, however:

We're not a fan site or a repository to aggregate a dancer's social media.  

If there is news about Lobukhin or you want to discuss his artistry, career path, guest appearances, etc., please feel free to discuss that here.

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Thank you Helene.

I wish I could write more about Lobukhin myself but I really can't analyze performances I haven't seen.  Hopefully I will see him perform in London this summer and will certainly write more then.  

It would be great to hear members' reactions to the article from the Jerusalem Post, especially anything more that people know about his development as a dancer.  Was he always a great actor? How did he evolve into the presence he is today? Why hasn't he danced Solor more frequently, is there something about his physique or technique?  Then more questions about his path to the Bolshoi.  He says there was a change of management at Mariinsky that was a factor in his leaving -- was that after Vaziev left, and what was/is his relationship with Vaziev?  

I hope members will post here about their impressions of these performances so the reactions don't get lost in the Bolshoi general forum.  

I had hoped to post photos of Lobukhin in all his iconic roles to create a record of sorts, but if that is against Board policy then so be it.

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Quinten said:

 Was he always a great actor? How did he evolve into the presence he is today? 

Well, I saw him dance with the Kirov in a few roles but to be honest I never sat up and took notice until he joined the Bolshoi.  He is very lucky to have found the company that exactly matches his talent.  In my opinion he is unmatchable in Flames of Paris and currently the best Conrad.  Really looking forward to Spartak next summer.

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I have seen Mikhail Lobukhin dance live at the Bolshoi many times.  Also, in the UK, and filmed privately.  As I said above, he is an outstanding actor and has an amazing natural presence and magnetism on stage.  He is also an excellent natural partner, who makes partnering seem as easy as breathing.  I saw him as Abderaskhan in Raymonda, both live on stage and (oh lucky me!) in rehearsal backstage with Olga Smirnova.  Impossible to take your eyes off him.  Also, live as Ivan, Basilio, in roles in Golden Age - phenomenal tango! - Solor, concert solos, Russian Seasons - many roles.  At MT he was never a principal and never given the principal role repertoire  he deserved, and to some extent at Bolshoi he has not danced as many times in classical "prince" roles as he could have.  But as Ivan, Spartacus, his roles in Bright Stream, Lady of the Camelias - he's wonderful.  He has Vaganova schooling with very fluid body movements, lovely port de bras, masculinity which he exudes in every role.  I live in the UK, and to have paid the price to go to the Bolshoi  to see him in  DonQ, Ivan(ESPECIALLY Ivan) Raymonda, Golden Age - was worth every penny.   

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@MadameP Lucky you to have seen so many of these performances!! No Solor, though?  He says in the interview he doesn't dance Solor very often -- perhaps it's viewed as a "princely" role and other BP principals are deemed more appropriate?  If that is true, I wonder how/why the Chelyabinsk/Israel tour came about.  I read that initially Nikulina and maybe Lantratov(?) were going to do it, but then Lobukhin/Stepanova were announced just a few weeks ago.  Maybe his star is on the rise!

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