From Joel Lobenthal, an often published New York City area reviewer, in an article at "City Arts," comes these words praising Alina Somova's "Giselle" among other notably fine performances. This review was cited by the Mariinka forum, that mostly consists of discussions about the Mariinsky in russian.
"Nobility requires self-possession, and it’s hard to project that in ballet if you’re physically unstable. Therefore a pleasant surprise of the run was Alina Somova’s Giselle. No longer wrenching her body into extreme contortions that undermine her equilibrium, instead she used her very long and flexible limbs to create a personal as well as idiomatic incarnation of the ballet’s Romantic style, fashioned after biomorphic impressions of wind and blossom. In her mid-twenties, Somova’s Giselle was further anchored by decade-older Evgeny Ivanchenko’s Albrecht, demonstrating again how crucial mature dancers are to a ballet company."http://cityarts.info/2011/02/22/it
I have referred here before to the internet video clip of Alina Somova and Igor Kolb dancing the famous duet from "Giselle," Act II, because I consider it as beautiful an effort as I have seen on the internet.
I continue my Alina Somova commenting because I truly believe, based on seeing her about ten times in the last five years, that she is one of the most gracefully beautiful dancers in ballet. Much attention has been focussed on her 'bravura' abilities and as much as I am personally impressed by this it is only part of the story. I have to say also that I base my highly positive opinions on my live viewing experiences and not on the huge range of internet video clips, of which I have seen only a few and which are totally valid documents, but which at times have not really represented what I have been fortunate enough to see 'Consistantly' on stage.
Some see her gracefulness as a recent development attributed to the new coaching by the legendary Tatiana Terekhova. My perception of this goes back to the first time I saw her, Chicago, October 2006, dancing Odette/Odile in "Swan Lake." I have been consistently impressed by her gracefulness ever since.
I think that she is a beautifully talented woman who is finally getting more respect and admiration from a wider range of reviewers and I strongly applaud this.
An added thought:
Ultimately, in my opinion, what matters the most, is what each individual viewer takes away from a performance. My viewing experiences of Alina Somova, which are not necessarily anyone else's, have been highly pleasant. I would perhaps suggest to anyone reading my comments to see Alina Somova perform live at least once and I hope that your viewing experience is as wonderful as mine have been.
[added a comment about the internet video clips and a minor words change]