PS--I may be adding things to this post as I discover them so look back later if you want. There is a 'wealth' of new information released today at the Mariinksy site.
Kitri("Don Quixote")=Viengsay Valdés--Ballet Nacional de Cuba
PS--There are a lot of new names posted here. Have a look--'Alina', 'Yevgenia O', 'Leonid', 'Vladimir M', 'Angel'....
http://www.mariinsky.ru/en/playbill/fes ... mariinsky/
I. WHO CARES?
Music by George Gershvin
Choreography by George Balanchine
Lighting designer – Igor Yakushev
Conductor – Alexander Novikov
Performed by Igor Zelensky, Elena Lytkina, Natalia Yershova, Anna Zharova and artists of the Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre
Choreographic miniatures, scenes and pas de deux from the classical ballets
Conductor – Mikhail Agrest
Performed by Ulyana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva, Viktoria Tereshkina, Yevgenia Obraztsova, Angel Corella, Marcelo Gomes, Vladimir Malakhov, Leonid Sarafanov, Ivan Kozlov
III. THEME AND VARIATIONS
A classical ballet
Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Choreography by George Balanchine (1947)
Staging by Francia Russel
Costumes by Galina Solovieva
Lighting design by Vladimir Lukasevich
Conductor – Mikhail Agrest
Performed by Alina Somova, Vladimir Shklyarov and artists of the Mariinsky Ballet
"....Zelensky's Novosibirsk Ballet Theatre...."
Catherine wrote about them last November
http://www.ballet-dance.com/200812/arti ... wlick.html
"Legendary director Alicia Alonso spotted Valdés' talent, and invited her to join the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. She was 17. A year later, she was promoted to the position of principal dancer.
In July 2001, Alonso promoted Ms Valdés to the category of first dancer (primera bailarina), becoming one of the four top female dancers in the company. She toured to important theatres in Spain and the United States."
"In February 2008, in his first newspaper article after announcing his formal retirement as President of Cuba, Fidel Castro wrote: "A few days ago, someone gave me a filmed version of 'Swan Lake', a subject about which I am far from being an expert, but which in the current circumstances constitutes a very agreeable way of forgetting almost all the time. I observed for almost two hours the incredible performance of the greatest interpreter of this ballet in the world: Viengsay Valdes, daughter of a Cuban diplomatic couple, who gave her the name in honor of a region of Laos where they were representing Cuba. One European critic described it as an unrepeatable performance. I think the same. I never conceived of such amazing elegance and flexibility, with perfect precision."
"Valdes' performances have received outstanding reviews from the world's leading dance critics, including Anna Kisselgoff and Jennifer Dunning of the New York Times, and Lewis Segal of the Los Angeles Times and others."
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia--the "http" below doesn't seem to work from this site, but you can Google the information)
March 15--"The Little Humpbacked Horse"
Ivanushka – Leonid Sarafanov
Tsar-Maiden – Alina Somova
Little Humpbacked Horse – Alexander Kulikov
Tsar – Roman Skripkin
He will be conducting for both performances of "The Little Humpbacked Horse" (Music: Rodion Shchedrin)
This will be the first time that he has conducted at any of the Festivals that I have attended (the last four) unless I missed something.
Viengsay Valdés as Kitri
"Sarah Crompton wrote in the Daily Telegraph of the same performance: "In Viengsay Valdés and Joel Carreño, the company has two principals of world class, and they sparkle with animation and skill as Kitri and her love. Her balances are endless and triumphantly held; her turns so quicksilver fast you lose track of when they started. The moment when she slowly unfolds an unsupported arabesque in the grand pas de deux at the close is magical; a triumph both of rock-solid technique and a personality that fills the theatre." "
"In April, 2008, Valdes performed in front of the Giza Pyramids, Egypt, in the first ever professional ballet performance on the open-air stage there. As Kitri in Don Quichotte, she danced beneath the gaze of the Sphinx."
"Ismene Brown, in The Daily Telegraph reviewed her 2005 performance....
"The beautiful Valdés takes the celebrated Cuban balancing and turning ability to the highest degree. When she spins, Carreño whips her like a top into a smiling blur. When she strikes an arabesque, arms flamboyantly high, leg at a perfect 90 degrees, head thrown laughingly back, she simply hangs there while time studies its fingernails. In Havana, watchers applaud ecstatically; in London, there was the dead silence of mass incredulity." "
"Mary Ellen Hunt wrote in Dance Magazine: "Cuban ballerina Viengsay Valdes could be justly famous for her rock-solid eternal balances, thrilling multiple turns, and bravura technique. But in an age of superlative technicians,
it's the passion and heart that Valdes brings to her dancing that has captivated audiences from Havana to Paris....
Valdes made an auspicious debut as Kitri in Don Quixote at the age of 19, under the demanding tutelage of Alicia Alonso. Since then, she's polished all international reputation, partnering with such danseurs as Carlos Acosta, Jose Manuel Carreno, and Giuseppe Picone, and winning enthusiastic critical praise." "
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)