The Kirov Ballet has completed its one week of sold-out performances in Hong Kong of "Giselle" and "Jewels". Half the touring group left for Macau yesterday for two more gala performances this week.
Some of the great performances seen in Hong Kong included Diana Vishneva and Andrian Fadeyev who were sublime in the opening night's cast of "Giselle". Fadeyev was also a dazzling "Rubies" soloist, full of charisma. Sofia Gumerova danced expressively as the second woman in "Emeralds", and was also superb as the "Diamonds" ballerina strongly partnered by Danila Korsuntsev, who made his debut as Albrecht in Hong Kong dancing with Zhanna Ayupova.
Another notable debut as Albrecht came from a new 20-year-old recruit to the Kirov, Leonid Sarafanov, who only joined from Kiev earlier this year. This tall dancer has a nice long line, a high elevation, and plenty of potential. This is a budding star to watch out for in future. http://www.mariinsky.ru/en/ballet/soloist/sarafanov
The cast list for the two galas in Macau this week is as follows.
Rubies - Tarasova, Fadeyev, Dumchenko.
Swan Lake pdd Act 2- Gumerova, Korsuntsev
Chopiniana 7th Waltz - Dumchenko, Baranov
Fairy of Dolls - Sheshina, Khrebtov, Scherbakov
Sleeping Beauty pdd - Ayupova, Korsakov
Romeo and Juliet pdd- Dumchenko, Baranov
Dying Swan - Gumerova
Le Corsaire pdd - Tarasova, Batalov
Almost the same programme, except that Ayupova and Korsakov will dance Tchaikovsky pdd instead. Don Q pdd replaces Le Corsaire pdd, with Tarasova and Batalov. Noteworthy is that Anton Korsakov will dance "Tchaikovsky pas de deux" for the first time.