Big news from the Mariinsky website castings page: It's Viktoria Terioshkina -- not Alina Somova -- who will debut as Juliet on June 6, the final performance of the ballet at the Mariinsky before the Amsterdam/London tour!
This is a tremendous opportunity for Tereshkina and congratulations to her! Tereshkina, may also be "Plan B" for August 3. If Mr. Fateev is a wise man, he'll either cast the Juliets in reverse order, or omit the first announced Juliet, adding Golub to the lineup.
Now I wonder if Somova will still open the Royal Opera House season as Juliet, never having danced the role? Not that dancers have not debuted major roles while on tour, in the past. This would be a huge gamble, however.
Huge gamble? That's putting it mildly. Hopefully not. But know this: In gambling, the odds are always with the House. As far as Somova's manufactured and faux career is concerned, Fateev, is, as they say in poker, "all in." Mr. Fateev went on record in the May 12 edition of the St. Petersburg Times stating the following:
Last autumn, Fateyev promoted Alina Somova to a principal. It was a controversial decision, as there has been a lot of criticism of Somova distorting the classical line in her dancing. Fateyev explained, “I thought that by that time Somova had really grown and deserved the status of a principal.”
That's a remarkable statement. Now weigh that statement against the full context of the article.
Source: http://www.sptimes.ru/index.php?action_ ... y_id=28987
Really? He thinks that of all the rank n' file female superior dancers
under his authority, she, above all others
"deserved" the Principal Dancer position? The warp speed timeline of her fast track promotion has been fully covered on this and other dance fora. If we consider her recent debuts: "Giselle," "Little Humpbacked Horse," and "Theme & Variations," just to name some of the few roles in her study list, one has to seriously question the acting Ballet Director's judgement and rationale.
Fateev contradicts himself and his policies by implying that he wishes to uphold the Maryinsky tradition, yet he pushes Somova who is the anti-thesis of all that he says he stands for. What's worse, the author of the piece fails to confront him on this "controversial" point. Once again, this puts Fateev's and the company's reputation on the edge of the precipice.
Let's think about the gravity of what's pending here. She will be the alpha and omega in London. She will be the flagship of the company. She will open and close at Covent Garden. It seems that they want to make this engagement her "Ulanova Season." Performance history and records have shown that Fateev, (and his predecessor's) hope in her "abilities," (was) and is a mistake. Should it come to pass, their plan to field her as Covent Garden's opening night Juliet is not only a huge gamble, but also a foolish and an unnecessary one. Ballet audiences deserve the best. London deserves the best; and rightfully should expect the best from this company. Even if there's one (1) chance she squeaks through, Fateev
still will not have put his best
Juliets' feet forward.