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“Bolshoi Ballet” (Grand Ballet) TV Competition 2020


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The TV ballet competition “Bolshoi Ballet” (meaning “Grand Ballet” and not related to the Bolshoi Ballet Theatre) will start its new season tonight.

 

“Watch the first edition of the Bolshoi Ballet on November 4 at 17:30 on the Russia K TV channel.

 

Contestants:

“Haruka Yamada - Erdem Sandakov (Buryat State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater named after G. Ts. Tsydynzhapov);

Kristina Kochetova - Alexey Mikheev (out of competition) (Saratov Academic Opera and Ballet Theater);

Alisa Alekseeva - Airat Masegutov (Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theater);

Elizaveta Korneeva - Ivan Negrobov (Voronezh State Opera and Ballet Theater);

Elena Sharipova (out of competition) - Arsentiy Lazarev (Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater);

Anastasia Lebedik - Rinat Bikmukhametov (State Opera and Ballet Theater of the Komi Republic);

Anna Fedosova - Marcello Pelizzoni (Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theater named after D. A. Hvorostovsky);

Maria Khoreva - Vladimir Shklyarov (out of competition) (Mariinsky Theater).

 

“Jury of the project "Bolshoi Ballet" - 2020:

Diana Vishneva, prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Theater, People's Artist of Russia;

People's Artist of Russia Farukh Ruzimatov;

Honored Artist of Russia, laureate of international competitions, laureate of the Golden Mask National Theater Award, choreographer Alexei Miroshnichenko;

Honored Artist of Ukraine, artistic director of the ballet of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater Denis Matvienko.

The curator of the project is the Russian choreographer and dancer Sofya Gaidukova.

 

Leaders of the project "Bolshoi Ballet" - 2020:

Prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater of Russia, etoile of the ballet troupe of the Milan Teatro alla Scala, People's Artist of Russia Svetlana Zakharova;

Opera singer, People's Artist of the Republic of Bashkortostan, People's Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan Ildar Abdrazakov.”

(Google translation)

 

https://tvkultura.ru/article/show/article_id/370832/

(Thanks to ATV at Balletfriends/Балет и Опера)

 

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1 hour ago, Buddy said:

The first episode can be seen here. It apparently was filmed last summer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIfjjZr5E7Y&feature=youtu.be

(Thanks to Sophia at Dansomanie)

Thanks for posting.  Maria Khoreva and Vladimir Shklyarov are at 1:56:29 [surfed]!  I'll view the entire show later on a TV screen.  Who's at 1:45?  The choreography?  It could be done in USA pandemic digital [various hard surfaces].  I seem to delve into where I was in prior years...2  years ago in November was the first time we saw Khoreva - Apollo with Xander Parish in Balanchine at City Center.  Zoom wedding this year. October 2020 was made sadder by the 1 year prior Paquita [regrets on not going to CA have intensified]. 

 

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Thanks for posting.  Maria Khoreva and Vladimir Shklyarov are at 1:56:29 [surfed]!  I'll view the entire show later on a TV screen.  Who's at 1:45?  The choreography?  It could be done in USA pandemic digital [various hard surfaces].  I seem to delve into where I was in prior years...2  years ago in November was the first time we saw Khoreva - Apollo with Xander Parish in Balanchine at City Center.  Zoom wedding this year. October 2020 was made sadder by the 1 year prior Paquita [regrets on not going to CA have intensified]. 

 

 

 

Hi, Maps. I think that I misunderstood your numbering. At 1:45 are the judges with Denis Matvienko furthest to our left.

Using my very limited russian the dancers at 1:45:00 are Anna Fedosova and Marcello Pelizzoni (Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theater). They do seem quite nice. They were awarded all 8s except for one 7 from Farukh Ruzimatov. The work is Probuzhdeniye (Awakening) by C. Bobrova.

Whose "Zoom wedding this year" ?

 

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On 11/6/2020 at 7:14 PM, Buddy said:

 

 

Hi, Maps. I think that I misunderstood your numbering. At 1:45 are the judges with Denis Matvienko furthest to our left.

Using my very limited russian the dancers at 1:45:00 ... The work is Probuzhdeniye (Awakening) by C. Bobrova.

Whose "Zoom wedding this year" ?

 

The Zoom Wedding would normally have been our flying for a long weekend adventure as happy guests. 

 

  

 

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The second episode should be available tomorrow, Sunday, with the following one a week later. Maria Khoreva and Vladimir Shklyarov (out of competition) are deservedly the highlights. I’ve only watched segments of each, except this and for the one with Anna Fedosova  and Marcello Pelizzoni (Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theater) (mentioned by Maps). I’ve watched it about ten times because I think that it’s quite lovely. It starts at 1:41:25.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIfjjZr5E7Y&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

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Here’s the second episode. Maria Khoreva and  Vladimir Shklyarov (La Bayadere) start at 20:15. Although they’re in a class of their own (as is their theater, the Mariinsky, along with the Bolshoi) there are other nice things happening. If not completely ‘accomplished’ there are elements of fineness that show how soulfully ingrained the beauty is throughout the Russian ballet scene. For instance some lovely essence from Elizaveta Korneeva (with Ivan Negrobov (Voronezh State Opera and Ballet Theater)) at 1:51:00 or the final performance of Elena Sharipova (out of competition) (with Arsentiy Lazarev (Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njuR0UGlIjE&t=1743s

 

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For early risers (I’m on California time) you might enjoy taking a look. I’ve, for the first time, returned to the first episode and have watched almost all the performances. I recommend most of them. There are some very good and charming ones. I continue to like Anna Fedosova  and Marcello Pelizzoni (Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theater) at 1:41:25. She actually tied Maria Khoreva is the second episode. I usually like the first episodes most, as they’re more lyrical and familiar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIfjjZr5E7Y&feature=youtu.be

Considering  the number of viewers, 57,000 views, for the first episode and the amount of advertising, it’s having a fairly good following.

Remembering that this was put together about halfway into the world shutdown, it’s a breath of fresh air and a hopeful sign for the not too distant future.

Added: Here's Maria Khoreva's look backstage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EQhkIKe3pQ&t=616s

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I guess what makes this so interesting and attractive is that Russian classical dancers from all levels are, across the board, probably the best in the world. Also, the overall production (sets, presenters, etc.) is really quite fine and committed.

Here are some favorites from the third program. These are all Solos.

Elizaveta Korneeva — She goes ‘modern’ very effectively with her highly beautiful lines and motion. She also seems to be a justifiable, voting favorite of the highly demanding Farukh Ruzimatov. 

https://tvkultura.ru/video/show/brand_id/65456/episode_id/2463599/video_id/2353235/viewtype/picture/

The next two are commendable and interesting in that they effectively take two ‘icons’ and give them a more modern sensibility.

Anna Fedosova — The lovely, romantically seductive Russian Dancer from Swan Lake becomes contemporary sensual.

https://tvkultura.ru/video/show/brand_id/65456/episode_id/2463599/video_id/2353248/viewtype/picture/

Anastasia Lebedik — Here she takes the over-the-top, crazy, brilliant gypsy dance from Don Quixote and tempers it. It may lack the overt fire and drama of the usual interpretation, but there’s something very believable and personally touching in what she does.

https://tvkultura.ru/video/show/brand_id/65456/episode_id/2463599/video_id/2353202/viewtype/picture/

Maria Khoreva — From Paquita. Signs of her brilliance are everywhere. When it all comes together, as I’ve seen in several stage performances, it’s quite amazing.

.https://tvkultura.ru/video/show/brand_id/65456/episode_id/2463599/video_id/2353231/viewtype/picture/

Added: Maria Khoreva and Anna Fedosova are tied in this week's voting, as they were last week, with perfect 40 scores.

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Here’s the fourth episode. I’ve just watched some and these are my favorite partners for the moment that I usually watch first. The performances are lovely. The works are well known ‘Romantic Duets’. 

Maria Khoreva is probably as fine as I’ve ever seen her.

 

Maria Khoreva - Vladimir Shklyarov (not competing) (Mariinsky Theater) — Raymonda

https://tvkultura.ru/video/show/brand_id/65456/episode_id/2466337/video_id/2355350/viewtype/picture/

Elena Sharipova (not competing) - Arsentiy Lazarev (Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater) — Giselle

https://tvkultura.ru/video/show/brand_id/65456/episode_id/2466337/video_id/2355336/viewtype/picture/

Anna Fedosova - Marcello Pelizzoni (Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theater) — Esmeralda     

https://tvkultura.ru/video/show/brand_id/65456/episode_id/2466337/video_id/2355338/viewtype/picture/

Elizaveta Korneeva - Ivan Negrobov (Voronezh State Opera and Ballet Theater) — Le Corsaire   ( see lift at 2:40 -- Magnificent !  )

https://tvkultura.ru/video/show/brand_id/65456/episode_id/2466337/video_id/2355323/viewtype/picture/

 

The entire program.

https://tvkultura.ru/video/show/brand_id/65456/episode_id/2466337/video_id/2355368/viewtype/picture/

Click on boxes below to see the other performances.

 

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