Yes, I’ve been noticing that dancer, too - ever since the first night. She & Svetlana Ivanova were the 2 lead corps girls in Chopianiana. She’s brunette, about Ivanova’s height with a very pretty, innocent face that’s positively radiant. She’s also been prominent in the demi roles in Paquita & Raymonda, I’d love to know who she is.
Sitting in the Cafe Mozart, a nice place for folks from Julliard or thinking about Julliard, I was trying to remember why I called a young girl at the Vaganova Graduating Exam last year "a young Natalia Osipova-Evgenia Obraztsova". Both these dancers have vibrant personalities and they're about the same size. But just having seen the Bolshoi's Natalia Osipova 'rock the hall' at last year's Mariinsky Festival, where was her extended connection? Our young lady must have been doing some very impressive moves. I do remember her very graceful dancing and the way that she really stood out. Could this be our young lady? Am I correct in assuming that the Vaganova didn't graduate any students last year because it's extended program? Or could this be our mystery dancer? If she isn't then we really have one more amazing talent to look forward to.
Drifting for a moment I remember a similar young dancer (definitely not the same person, but from Russia) who was performing a few years ago at the Lausanne dance competition. She was dancing away in her own little dream world. I thought she was wonderful. I could see her on her way to a Vaganova scholarship. She seemed to get the steps right and everything. I loved her. I think she was eliminated in the first or second round. I was heart-broken! I'm not sure how they chose the winners. All these dancers were so good. She definitely had Osipova-Obraztsova dreamlike tendencies. I won't ever forget her and I hope to see that she made it somewhere someday.
So there are no Kirov performances tonight and I am looking through a local magazine. There seems to be five or six impressive dance events a night here. So I'm sure I'll find something. As for jumping ship and missing a Kirov performance, I don't think so. Not this year anyway.
ksneds, I haven't read what Macaulay wrote, but I was under the impression that Diaghilev changed the name from Chopiniana to Les Sylphides simply to win over the Paris audience with a reference to the beloved French La Sylphide. The ballet is the same. I could be missing your question, though. As for not appreciating Alina Somova, I plead Absolutely--Not Guilty !