Catherine Pawlick wrote:
Buddy thanks for typing that out (!!) The program was indeed amazing; to my mind this was the best night of the festival yet. I do think they could have shifted some of last night's variations to this Sunday night, as that selection is not as appealing. I fell in love with the Babochka/Butterfly/Papillion pas de deux, and Talisman with Osmolkina was stunning as well.... It is so refreshing when the theatre presents the more historical works that you can never see performed in the West!
Catherine - do you know anything about the programme for the Mariinsky Festival this year, 2013? All the MT website says is that it opens with Vishneva/Shklyarov in Romeo and Juliet and runs until 10 March. Apparently there will be performances of some Forsythe and Lifar, but no other ballets are mentioned. I believe you are in contact with Yuri Fateyev - is it possible for you to ask him what the schedule of performance is for the Festival? Many people want to know this.
Also, Gergiev stated that Swan Lake was to be broadcast "live" on 14th February. There is no Swan Lake on the playbill for that date, but there are two Swan Lakes scheduled for 6th and 10th February - are these the ones that are in fact going to be filmed and do you know which ballerina is to be Odette/Odile? If you do not know, perhaps you could ask Fateyev? Thank you!