CriticalDance Forum

It is currently Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:22 am

All times are UTC - 7 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 3 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: XVII Mariinsky International Ballet Festival 2017
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:54 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Apr 30, 2006 5:02 pm
Posts: 1618
Location: USA-Switzerland
Awhile ago I read that the Festival dates will be March 30 - April 9. I can’t find out where I got this information, but I assume that it’s correct and it fits in with the open space at the Mariinsky performance site.

https://www.mariinsky.ru/en/playbill/ne ... ype=ballet

This would be my initial Festival Wish List for guest artists.

Veronika Part - ABT (as usual — Swan Lake)
Olga Smirnova - Bolshoi
Myriam Ould-Braham - Paris Opera Ballet (a classic, Swan Lake, Giselle, La Bayadere….)
Simone Messmer - Miami City Ballet

Two younger Mariinsky artists that seem to be getting more attention are Yelena Yevseyeva and Renata Shakirova. I thought that Yelena Yevseyeva did beautifully in the “Bronze Horseman” at last year’s Festival. She added a lovely, touching depth of portrayal to her technical prowess, that was very evident in her lively Kitri (“Don Quixote”) from an earlier Festival. She continues to add sensitivity as shown in her Giselle debuts last year.

Renata Shakirova shows very fine expressiveness, very noteworthy in modern material.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCNIVAXBkNc
(this performance was originally posted by the performance site, so I assume it’s ok to post here)

She also seems to be developing a very fine classical presence. I hope both these young dancers will be seen prominently at this year’s Festival.


Ulyana Lopatkina, because of injury(?) and Alina Somova, because of maternity leave, may be out for much of the season. Ulyana Lopatkina remains perhaps the most beautiful ballerina in the world. Alina Somova is capable of amazingly beautiful and expressively inventive performances as shown in her rendering of Fokine’s “The Swan” several Festivals ago.

Some personal favorites that may be prominent at the Festival are Oxana Skorik, Yekaterina Osmolkina (wonderful Giselle last year) and Yekaterina Kondaurova, among so many remarkable Mariinsky artists.

Another young dancer, Nika Tskhvitaria, Vaganova graduate, formerly Stanislavsky Ballet, may be a very lovely and alive new face at the Festival. Eleonara Sevenard, still at the Vaganova I believe, is a very mature and fine artist who will hopefully be a Festival star someday.

Young choreographers. As usual, any new work by Maxim Petrov would be greatly welcomed. Also hoping that Maxim Sevagin will once again be presented.

As a choreographer, Yuri Smekalov showed great creativity last year with his “Bronze Horseman.” It would be very good to see more of his work at future Festivals.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: XVII Mariinsky International Ballet Festival 2017
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:52 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Apr 30, 2006 5:02 pm
Posts: 1618
Location: USA-Switzerland
Another young artist that has already been given one debut lead this year is Anastasia Lukina, She would be a fine addition to the Festival.

Nadezhda Batoeva performed a lively and charming Kitri two Festivals ago. She reminds me somewhat of Anastasia Kolegova. It would be good to see both of them again.

Xander Parish is the subject of a recent article by Sara Crompton in The Times. It’s always great to see him. His performance with Ulyana Lopatkina of Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand two years ago was perhaps the finest at that Festival.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/magazine/cult ... -zgnrg3tvg
(thanks to BalletcoForum for posting this)

Maxim Petrov, mentioned above, is a young choreographer that I like very much. His two lengthy works, Cinema and Ballet No 2 to Alexander Tsfasman's music were probably the highlights of The Young Choreographers’ Workshops, as well as of most of the new Russian works that I’ve seen over the years. Both featured Andrey Ermakov. Cinema also featured Viktoria Brilyova, who was vibrant. Both her and Anna Lavrinenko (Tolmachyova), whom I can’t find listed, were bursts of sunshine in his second work.

I always have to mention Oxana Skorik. She is the artist that I always find myself going back to for pure beauty of motion.

Again, a mention to Yelena Yevseyeva, who is developing a lovely sensitivity.

Yekaterina Osmolkina’s Giselle last year was magical and heart touching. It’s performances like this that bring me back to Saint Petersburg year after year.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: XVII Mariinsky International Ballet Festival 2017
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:42 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Apr 30, 2006 5:02 pm
Posts: 1618
Location: USA-Switzerland
This year's Festival.

https://www.mariinsky.ru/en/playbill/fe ... t_fest_234


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 3 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 7 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group