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 Post subject: Re: Golden Mask and Benois prizes in Moscow 2002
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2002 9:39 pm 
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Lots of coverage of The Golden Mask in the English-language Russian papers this week:<P><B>St. Petersburg set to dominate masks again</B> <BR>by John Freedman and Raymond Stults/SPECIAL TO THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES<P><BR>St. Petersburg dominates this year's Golden Mask festival nominations - for opera and ballet at least - and seems likely to clobber the competition when the awards are handed out on Monday.<P>The Masks, Russia's annual showcase honoring the top accomplishments in the performing arts from around the country, brings together some three dozen shows from 11 cities. Moscow and St. Petersburg run neck-and-neck in the nominee race with 12 shows each. Including individual honors for directors, actors, designers, choreographers and conductors, there are 105 nominees for 26 awards in seven categories: drama, opera, ballet, operetta/musical, modern dance, puppetry and a generic hybrid called "innovation."<P><BR>Scroll to half way the down the article for the ballet coverage:<P><A HREF="http://www.sptimes.ru/archive/times/761/features/a_6193.htm" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A><P>*********************************************<P>This reviewer is backing the Kirov/Mariinsky Neumeier programme for honours at The Golden Mask.<P><B>The Latest in Music & Dance at Golden Mask</B><BR>By Raymond Stults in The Moscow Times <P><BR>In the Mariinsky's "Nutcracker," dance was overshadowed by the production's gorgeous sets and costumes.<BR> <BR> <BR>Late last week, the Golden Mask festival played host at the Bolshoi to the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater's highly touted production of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker." As it turned out, the music was nicely played and the dance, or what there was of it, skillfully executed. But both music and dance played a distant second fiddle to the incredibly lavish scenic designs of eminent Russian emigre artist Mikhail Shemyakin.<P>This wasn't how things were supposed to turn out. According to the plan unveiled by the Mariinsky two years ago, Shemyakin was entrusted both with the design of "The Nutcracker's" sets and costumes and, rather surprisingly, with its basic staging. <P><A HREF="http://www.tmtmetropolis.ru/metropolis/stories/2002/04/12/113.html" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A><P>**********************************<P>A few words about the contemporary dance entries in this round-up article;<P><B>Golden Mask</B><BR>By John Freedman in The Moscow Times<P><BR>Whether by accident or design, the final days of this year's Golden Mask festival -- honoring the top achievements in Russian theater for the 2000-2001 season -- feature some of the event's most quirky entries. They include six eclectic modern dance shows; an opera written collectively by five contemporary composers based on an old folk play; and a self-reflexive dramatic show that seems to spoof the play it stages. <P><A HREF="http://www.tmtmetropolis.ru/metropolis/stories/2002/04/12/102.html" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A><P>**********************************<P><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited April 11, 2002).]


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2002 10:09 pm 
Thanks for these links, Stuart. The photo in Moscow Times shows Andrian Fadeyev and Natalia Sologub in the Nutcracker pas de deux.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2002 6:19 pm 
Here is the list of the jury and nominees for the Benois prize, as given by my friend in Moscow. The gala performance is to take place at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on 26 April. <P>>Jury:<P>>Yuri Grigorovitch, John Neumeier, Altynai Asylmuratova, Davide Bombana, Karoline Carlson, Alexandre Kolpin, Anjelen Preljocaj, Tur van Shaik. (sorry if the spelling is wrong).<P>>Nominees:<P> >Life in Art: Rudi van Dantzug, Jurgen Rose, William Forthyte<P> >Choreographers: Vandekeibus, Pastor, Ratmansky, Fabr,Forthyte<P> >Female dancers: Volochkova, Dupont, Szezerkiite, Zakharova, Eikhvald, Jurgensen<P> >Male dancers: Bubenitchek, Gerodias, Lambiotte, MacGregor, Tusli, Fadeyev


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2002 9:53 pm 
The Golden Mask awards were announced last night.<P>>Best ballet: Coppelia (Novosibirsk)<BR>>Best choregrapher: Neumeier (guest Kirov)<BR>Best decorator: Shemyakine (Kirov, "Nutcracker")<BR>Best female: Sologub (Kirov)<BR>Special jury awards: Pavlenko(Kirov)+Zharova(Novosibirsk)<BR>Best male: Andreikine ("The Breakthrough" ?)<BR>Best modern ballet: "The Voice" (?)<P><p>[This message has been edited by Kevin Ng (edited April 16, 2002).]


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2002 5:48 pm 
Here's the report in Moscow Times on the Golden Mask awards.<BR> <A HREF="http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2002/04/17/011.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2002/04/17/011.html</A>


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2002 12:59 am 
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Many thanks Kevin for getting us the results so quickly. They make interesting reading:<P>- Best ballet: Coppelia (Novosibirsk): This must have been quite a production to beat off competition from the major Russian companies. It clearly had greater success with the Jury than the Moscow Times correspondent who said it, '...proved a pleasant but inconsequential journey back in time to the dance world of imperial Russia.'<P>- Best choregrapher: Neumeier (guest Kirov): Congratulations are in order both for the German choreographer and the Kirov for taking the bold step of staging a full evening of his work. Mr Stretton please note for the 2003-4 Royal Ballet programme.<P>- Best female: Sologub (Kirov): This young dancer made a big impact with her performances in London last year, but what a coup to win this prize at such an early stage in her career. What is her rank in the Kirov now Kevin? I know she was still in the Corps last year.<P>- Best male: Andreikine ("The Breakthrough") and Best modern ballet: "The Voice": It would be great to learn more about these two prizes. I would guess that the first must also be for a modern dance piece. To win against the might of the Kirov and Bolshoi, all i can say is that Mr Andreikine must be one hell of a dancer! There was very little about the modern dance entries in the Moscow Times, but what there was was intriguing, 'Often more like physical theater than dance, and usually incorporating highly developed elements of dramatic psychology, they are an example of an art form that differs from its counterparts in Europe.' Can anyone shed any light on this section of the competition? <p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited April 17, 2002).]


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2002 4:47 am 
Stuart, Natalia Sologub is now a second soloist of the Kirov. She fully deserves her award. Last month she was on nearly every day during the Maryinsky Festival, dancing on top form in every role. I adore her.<P>Yes, I too wonder who the best male dancer is. I can't shed any light on him or the modern ballet, I am afraid. I am however somewhat disappointed that the young Kirov soloist Andrian Fadeyev, a distinguished pure classical dancer, didn't win the award.<P>So let's see what surprises there are for the Benois awards on 26 April.<P><p>[This message has been edited by Kevin Ng (edited April 17, 2002).]


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2002 5:05 am 
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For the Benois, do you know for which part is nominated Aurelie Dupont ? Is it for Ek's Giselle, Nikya, or other part.<BR>

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2002 6:34 am 
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Turning to the Benois and the nomination for Zakharova, I have finally been able to access the Mariinsky/Kirov site (I am usinfg another machine as my own PC seems to have an aversion to all Russian sites).<P>The English translation states:<P>'Svetlana Zakharova will be representing the Opéra de Paris, where she danced La Bayadére this season; Andrian Fadeev has been nominated for his performance in John Neumeier's ballet Sounds of Empty Pages (to music by Alfred Schnitke).'<P>Regarding the use of the word 'representing' which Cathy queried, I wonder whether it is a problem of translation or the writer trying to find a different form of words from the Fadeev sentence. Either way I suspect that the reality is that she has been nominated for her Bayadere with Paris Opera Ballet is the sense intended by the statement. <P>As an internationalist I have to say that I am attracted by the idea of a dancer being nominated when dancing away from their own company. I can well believe that the stimulation of a different environment can bring out something special. <P><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited April 17, 2002).]


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2002 5:23 pm 
Stuart, I agree with you.<P>I enclose a Russian article which was kindly translated by my Moscow friend, which discusses about the modern dance pieces.<P>>a piece of article about Golden Mask from Russian newspaper Gazeta:<BR> "...But in modern dance jury didn't give the prize to the best performance Paul Selvin Norton s "The Breaking in" in Chamber ballet Moscow". The jury, in which this time were few specialists in modern dance, has preferred to it more bright show "Voice" of Sergey Smirnov's Eccentric - ballet from Ekaterinburg. And only Roman Andreikin who has danced tiny solo in " The Breaking in" received the premium for the best male role in ballet and modern dance..."


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2002 5:20 am 
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Do thank your friend for us Kevin. <P>Young Russian dance groups sometimes attend the Resolution! festival at The Place, but the one I saw didn't make an impact on me.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2002 5:08 pm 
The St. Petersburg Times has a report today on the Golden Mask awards - "A golden evening for Petersburg".<BR> <A HREF="http://www.sptimesrussia.com/archive/times/763/features/a_6253.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.sptimesrussia.com/archive/times/763/features/a_6253.htm</A> <P>I am glad that the writer Galina Stolyarova pointed out that "Mariinsky soloist Andrian Fadeyev was nominated for best male dancer for John Neumeier's "Sounds of Empty Pages" and would have been a worthy winner, but the jury preferred Roman Andreikin in British choreographer Paul Norton's "Breaking In" at the Moscow Chamber Ballet."<P>I hope that Fadeyev will win the Benois prize next week. <p>[This message has been edited by Kevin Ng (edited April 18, 2002).]


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2002 4:38 am 
There is an article in "Kommersant Weekend" on the Benois prize next week, kindly translated by my Moscow friend. Many thanks indeed.<P>>Dead dogs and alive stars-by Eleonora Cherniaeva<P>Next week Yuri Grigorovich will present an international prize Benois de la<BR>danse. Benois de la danse celebrates 10-years, so the celebrations will be especially magnificent. From VIP in a hall<BR>there will not room to swing a cat: the ambassadors of ten countries, from<BR>which nominants on the premium are, two Russian ministers - Igor Ivanov and<BR>Michael Shvydkoy, not counting Nikita Mikhalkov, sharks of world ballet<BR>criticism and other ballet gouru. Dynasty of the famous author of "Russian<BR>seasons " - the artist Aleksander Benois, whose name is given to a prize, has<BR>sent in Moscow the representatives of three generations: the grandfather -<BR>famous actor Sir Peter Ustinov; his son sculptor Igor Ustinov, author<BR>prize-winning statuette and daughter - grand daughter Klara. Presenters of the<BR>Gala are Ekaterina Andreeva from ORT and Sviatoslav Belza. The ceremony has been<BR>put on the stage by the principal hooligan of the Russian opera Dmitry Bertman. <P>The program consists of the work of the nominees of this year and last<BR>years. The international jury showing conservatism at definition of the best<BR>ballerinas, dancers and choreographers has recognized the leaders of avant<BR>garde. But principal ballet computerist William Forsythe will not arrive, and<BR>violent Vim Vandekeybus with his shocking physiological anti-feminist pamphlet<BR>"Scratching internal fields" have not supposed on the "sacred" scene. But those<BR>who have remained are enough. The effect of the contrast douche is supplied.<BR>Let's say, the stars of the Opera de Paris Aurelie Dupont and Jean-Guillaume<BR>Bart will dance classical Auber's pdd and with it - shock therapy of the<BR>professional provocateur Jan Fabre. In his performance "My movings are lonely<BR>as vagrant curs" the dancers drudge among speckled under the scene carcasses of<BR>dogs. <P>The admirers of traditional ballet can take a deep breath, by meeting with<BR>favorites from Bolshoi - Galina Stepanenko, Andrei Uvarov, Sergei Filin,<BR>Nickolai Tsiskaridze. Anastasia Volochkova effectively will die in "Dying swan"<BR>of next time. The international star Vladimir Malakhov still thinks, with what<BR>he'll strike the compatriots. Mariinsky delegates the stars - Svetlana<BR>Zakharova, Natalia Sologub, Andrei Merkuriev and Andrian Fadeev - with<BR>innovative Aleksei Ratmanski's "Cinderella". But the main sensation - who will<BR>win this international competition - we will find out directly during the Gala.<P><p>[This message has been edited by Kevin Ng (edited April 19, 2002).]


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2002 7:15 am 
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Anastasia Volochkova has effectively died in everything I've seen her do !<p>[This message has been edited by Cassandra (edited April 19, 2002).]


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2002 11:38 pm 
The latest news from my Moscow friend is that both Vladimir Malakhov and Svetlana Zakharova won't come to Moscow for the Benois gala this Friday.


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