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Author:  Buddy [ Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:36 pm ]
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This is not based on any official announcement from the Mariinsky Theatre. Since even official announcements can be changed, this should only be considered as a probable outcome.

Sophia at Dansomanie (primarily in french) has had much better luck than me in finding some information. ... 0f4d9cae32

She found most of this at the Ballet Friends' site (in russian, primarily devoted to the Bolshoi). That's one place I didn't think of looking. Brava, sophia !

Most exciting to me is that Ekaterina Kondaurova will be dancing all the leads -- Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds (George Balanchine) -- during an evening devoted to her.

Also of personal delight is that Olga Esina (Vienna State Ballet, Vaganova graduate) will be dancing "Swan Lake" (I assume the entire work). She is absolutely lovely.

George Balanchine's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be presented with Ulyana Lopatkina as Titania. Maria Shirinkina is also listed, perhaps doing the beautiful Divertissement duet.

Here's some of what seems to be happening.

February 28 and March 1. "Romeo and Juliet" -- Diana Vishneva and Vladimir Shklyarov with Valery Gergiev conducting.

March 3. Forsythe Evening.

March 5. Ekaterina Kondaurova Evening. "Jewels"

March 6. "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

March 8. Vladimir Shklyarov Evening. "Rubies" with Olessia Novikova, "Le Jeune homme et la mort" with Ekaterina Kondaurova and the Shades Act from "La Bayadère" with Ekaterina Osmolkina.

March 9. Matinee of works at the Concert Hall. (A first).

Some Guests: Ivan Vassiliev in "Don Quixote", Svetlana Zakharova in "Giselle", Vadim Mountagirov, ENB, in "La Bayadère", Olga Esina, Vienna State Ballet, in "Swan Lake", Chase Finlay, NYCB, in "Apollo" and Marianela Nunez, Royal Ballet.

Author:  Catherine Pawlick [ Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:16 am ]
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Thanks for posting this Buddy. I knew about the Forsythe -- as mentioned in the other thread, Vertiginous and In the Middle are returning to the stage-- and had a request into the press office regarding the rest of the Festival program. The only new piece here is Forsythe's "N.N.N.N." performed by 4 dancers on March 3rd: that will be the only premiere for this festival.

Although the other 2 Forsythe works have not been in the rep for a few years, and are now being re-rehearsed, everything else includes old premieres (Midsummer from last June).

At least there are some promising guest artists -- agree that it will be good to see Olga Esina return again to her native stage. I saw the Vienna State Opera (where she has been since ~2006/7ish) when I visited Vienna in 2008. But sadly she was not dancing Onegin the night I attended.

Author:  Buddy [ Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:44 am ]
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You're welcome, Catherine. I've still not found any official announcements from the Mariinsky.

I did read your Forsythe news awhile ago. I've not seen "N.N.N.N." mentioned anywhere, so thanks for that info. The "Romeo and Juliet" performance on February 28 has been on the Mariinsky calendar for several weeks, but that's about it.

In regard to Forsythe, I've been watching an internet video clip of Ekaterina Kondaurova dancing "In The Middle Somewhat Elevated", other artists doing the same and then William Forsythe, himself, dancing one of his works. It's an interesting comparison. I've long considered Ekaterina Kondaurova to be one of the most adaptable dancers at the Mariinsky. If she indeed dances all the leads, Diamonds, Rubies and Emeralds by George Balanchine, this would be another indication of this. Her husband, Islom Baimuradov, Principal Character Artist and her coach, seems at least as adaptable so there may be some carryover. There has been no mention, though, that she will dance any of the Forsythe program.

[Added comment. It appears that the Forsythe company will be performing "N.N.N.N." according to its own site and as noted by sophia at Dansomanie. I overlooked this. (The Forsythe site's wording remains a little confusing to me as this is listed under "Choreographies".)] ... ategorie=1

Author:  Catherine Pawlick [ Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:59 pm ]
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Right, I saw that listed on the Dansomanie summary of the Festival and just added it in -- are we mistaken and they're only performing that in Germany on March 3 (???)

Author:  Buddy [ Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:53 pm ]
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Catherine Pawlick wrote:
Right, I saw that listed on the Dansomanie summary of the Festival and just added it in -- are we mistaken and they're only performing that in Germany on March 3 (???)

No, apparently. Whatever they're doing with "N.N.N.N." the Forsythe site says "Mariinsky Theater." ... ategorie=1

Author:  Catherine Pawlick [ Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:13 am ]
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OK that is what I thought (the Forsythe site page would not load for me, six times, so I couldn't see it).

The Mariinsky site itself today has put up half of the Festival schedule:

Much of the casting isn't filled in yet -- no one for the Don Q, for example -- and the young choreographers are not listed for their evening. I gather nothing is finalized by the company yet.

Author:  Buddy [ Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:47 pm ]
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Thanks, Catherine, for the latest information. I check the site everyday myself but you got up earlier than I did today. Brava !

I just got tickets to five of them. This will be my ninth year in a row. I think that you've been to even more. It's certainly one of the highest of high points in my year. The minute a Festival is over I start living for the next one.

Author:  Catherine Pawlick [ Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:17 am ]
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The NNNN ballet is now listed on the Mariinsky site -- apparently the Forsythe company will fly in to perform it during the festival:

Author:  Buddy [ Sat Feb 02, 2013 9:19 am ]
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Thanks, Catherine, for this new information. With the actual Forsythe company present this will be a fine chance to make a comparison. I think that the Mariinsky has done an excellent job with its interpretation of the Balanchine rep, so let's hope for the best with the Forsythe this year.

Author:  Buddy [ Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:48 pm ]
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This year's Festival will have two evening performances by George Balanchine, "Jewels" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." I've enjoyed very much the Mariinsky's interpretations of Balanchine works over the last several years. I say interpretations because they seem somewhat different in feeling from what George Balanchine presented. One major difference is that the Mariinsky takes seem more lyrical, more refined. I'm not that familiar with Balanchine style or performances, but they seem a little more hard edged, more jazzy.

Although the Mariinsky might not have the innate understanding of George Balanchine's intent, like dancers who live in the world in which he created and staged much of his work, the United States, and have even been taught by his own dancers, the Mariinsky's interpretations are not without a basic understanding. Maybe it's because George Balanchine came from the same school and country that they do, the Vaganova Academy in Russia, or maybe it's just the universality of the dance language. At least one London critic, after the remarkable Mariinsky Balanchine/Robbins evenings in London two summers ago, stated that the Mariinsky had brought its own back home, that George Balanchine had always be a part of the Mariinsky. This is a very 'discussable' viewpoint, but having attended those evenings, I had a very similar feeling, even to the extent of including Jerome Robbins' "In The Night" because of the possible Balanchine influence.

In September of last year, the well known London reviewer, Clement Crisp, on the suggestion of Merrill Ashley, the famous Balanchine dancer who had just finished coaching the Bolshoi in George Balanchine's Diamonds, actually went to Moscow. He was knocked over by the performance of Olga Smirnova, a Vaganova graduate, only 19 years old(!). He had this to say:

"I saw superb performances by [Suzanne] Farrell, for whom a fascinated Balanchine made Diamonds. Smirnova’s radiance, the unaffected nobility of her manner and the charm of her means make the role hers. She creates something magical and it touches the spirit. Not since the earliest performances by Altynai Asylmuratova have I seen so luminous a debut. We have much to hope for." ... z2K8RzOIHP

I've been watching two internet videos of Diamonds. One is performed by Suzanne Farrell and the other by Olga Smirnova. (There are at least two videos of Olga Smirnova dancing Diamonds, and I'm referring to the second, more developed one at the final gala show of the MosFilm TV project "Bolshoi Ballet" in September, 2012). For me, Suzanne Farrell seemed to have a beautiful gracefulness, a softness, that I don't overall associate with Balanchine dancers. There are a lot of similarities between her manner and that of the Vaganova 'derived' Olga Smirnova. It is a beautiful comparison, which also implies to me that the Balanchine 'image', even during his direction, was and is a flexible one.

Balanchine, like anything in art, is open to rewarding interpretation. Even though Balanchine said that others will stage his works, but no one will do it like he would have done it, with the obvious implication of his definite intent, CriticalDance's own "balletomaniac", Jerry Hochman, whose NYCB and ABT reviews I would highly recommend, had this to say about a recent NYCB evening of dancer demonstration and discussion:


"It was a great free performance – but it also was a marvelous presentation, all the more significant for dispelling any lingering perception that ballerinas are bunheads (I overheard innumerable members of the audience commenting, with some measure of surprise, on how articulate and intelligent these ballerinas were), and for reemphasizing through the ballerinas’ repeated comments that Balanchine ‘allowed room for the ballerinas to create a world around them’. (Ms. Mearns) That is, contrary to common understanding, Balanchine dancers were not mannequins chained to the choreography and some preconceived image concept, but were given the opportunity to put their own stamp on a role."

And so does the Mariinsky put its "own stamp on a role" (or work), and in my opinion, Beautifully !

Author:  Buddy [ Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:08 pm ]
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From my Festival wish list.

Do "Butterflies" (not tall ballerinas) smile more ? I have asked and answered this question by writing that they do seem to. The "Butterflies" that I think about are often lovable little bundles of expression and emotion. Maybe its because they're not large in size that they seem to project more. The other grouping that I think about is the "Swans" (tall ballerinas). They are tall and elegant and maybe don't have the need to be more expansive. They can just stand there and you are wowed.

Anastasia Kolegova -- "Butterfly(!)"

She is one of my most recent personal ballerina discoveries. She's a Sweetheart ! And if that's not enough, she's one darn fine dancer. She knocked myself and the audience out of our chairs with her two October performances (Costa Mesa, Ca.) of "Swan Lake."

She can't seem to turn that smiling essence off and for me that's great ! I've just been watching her recent performance as Gamzatti from "La Bayadere" on the internet. "That little bundle of sunshine dancing Gamzatti !?," I ask myself. Well she sails through it (or should I say, "above It") beautifully.

I really hope that she will be featured in this year's fine looking Festival program.

This little sun will shine even at the bottom of the ocean.

Author:  Buddy [ Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:13 am ]
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Anastasia Kolegova and friends. Photo. ... 21931.html

(posted and Dansomanie from an article in french discussing the early training of some famous ballerinas)

Author:  Buddy [ Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:52 pm ]
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More unofficial casting has appeared. This again comes from Dansomanie which has been 100% right on so far, so I'm posting it here.

Some new names:

"La Bayadere"

Oxana Skorik -- Nikiya

Brava ! (This was predicted almost two weeks ago at another forum, where I posted Oxana Skorik's name for this on a wish list and a poster responded that my wish will probably be granted!)

Gamzatti -- Yekaterina Osmolkina

"Don Quixote"

Elena Yevseyeva -- Kitri (She is a Vaganova graduate, who left the Mikhailovsky in 2008 to join the Mariinsky.)

Kim Kimin -- Basilio (I saw him for the first time at last year's Festival and thought that he was outstanding. Further video clips make him look even more so.)

Check the revised "Fevrier 1" posting for more casting. ... php?t=6235

( Thanks to MikeNeko at Dansomanie for this)

Author:  Buddy [ Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:39 pm ]
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It's Official.

It appears that all the casting updates recently posted are correct as shown by the Mariinsky site. ... /7/1_1900/

By clicking on the events listed at the right you'll get the casting.

Thanks to the Mariinka forum (in russian) for the Mariinsky link. I'm not sure how they found this, because I can't without their link, but they did ! :D

You can go to the Dansomanie site (middle of page) for a fairly easy for english speakers to understand french listing of the entire casting. ... php?t=6235

[Post totally revised for simplification]

Author:  Catherine Pawlick [ Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:51 pm ]
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I just received the press release -- of interest is the "Evening of Young Choreographers" (actually a matinee) which doesn't yet have any details posted... curious who the choreographers will be, I presume this will not include any new works but 'reruns' of previous premieres? However it would be fantastic if there were something new there. They haven't before included both a matinee and an evening performance during the festival, so this is a first.

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