. . . So which ballerina among the principals and soloists right now could play the roles of Zarema and Maria successfully?
Hi Sacto7654! Of the active principal dancers I'd vote for Lopatkina and Tereshkina as Zarema. Pavlenko, (who is currently inactive) would equally shine with them in this role. I can't picture Tereshkina as Maria. This role is very lyrical and 'Juliet-like.' Maria is an innocent ingenue, a victim of Zarema's jealousy and wrath. And like Juliet, Maria isn't in control of her destiny, and is a victim of circumstances. Tereshkina's stage persona doesn't strike me as tragic soubrette/ingenue.
I wouldn't consider Vishneva an "active" Maryinsky principal. This is due to her absence from her home company for most of the year as an international guest artist. However, if Vishneva had Zarema in her repertoire, (she doesn't), the role fits her dramatic temperament, so she'd be accurate in it. However, I can say that I've seen enough of her tragedienne roles to deduct that her interpretation would be indistinguishable from her Zoebide, and her Queen Mehkmene Banu in "Legend of Love." That leaves Nioradze and Makhalina both of whom seldom perform today, but are on the roster as princpals. Makhalina danced Maria only, (IMO a huge miscast), but this was very early in her career. Nioradze has danced Zarema; this wasn't a miscast.
Potential Zarema's? Among the current crop of soloists I'd choose Ekaterina Kondaurova. With excellent preparation, I predict that she would be wonderful in the role, and it would be another milestone for her. Another great possibility would be Polina Rassadina. This is thinking out of the box. Yes, she is a Principal Character Dancer, but like Catherine stated earlier, Zarema is
a very charcter-like role, and Rassadina is the most outstanding female character dancer the Maryinsky has on staff right now. But, then again, character dancers do not perform en pointe. My guess is that Rassadina does dance en pointe (because she's a member of the company), but as she is a character dancer this isn't her primary
area of expertise. The Maryinsky doesn't take these kinds of casting liberties between classical and character dancers. They take outrageous liberties when casting leading female roles in the classical repertory, (
). But if they ever crossed the great character - classical divide, Rassadina would be great if given the opportunity.
Of the forgotten 1st Soloists, Dumchenko has also made her mark as Maria. She rarely performs, yet she's in her prime years. Therefore, I was very, very happy she was given an opportunity to dance in "Apollo," July 17. Perhaps if she were not so under-utilized, she might have been a little bit more present for Polyhimnia
. Of the active 1st Soloists, Obratzova has already triumphed as Maria.The only other 1st Soloists that I think might have had a shot at this role would be Novikova and Golub. However, the latter two do not have the same dramatic range and versatility that Obratzova possesses. MO.