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.