CriticalDance Forum

It is currently Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:36 am

All times are UTC - 7 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 41 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: Golden Mask and Benois prizes in Moscow 2002
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2002 3:38 am 
In the Benois gala on Friday Kirov soloist Andrian Fadeyev (a nominee) will dance the pas de deux from Neumeier's ballet "Spring and Fall" with Natalia Sologub, the winner of last week's Golden Mask prize for best female dancer. I don't know what Paris Opera Ballet etoile Aurelie Dupont (another nominee) will perform with Jean Guillaume Bart.


Top
  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Golden Mask and Benois prizes in Moscow 2002
PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2002 9:01 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Oct 24, 1999 11:01 pm
Posts: 19616
Location: London, England; Tallinn, Estonia
It's the Benois Awards and Gala tonight, Friday. If anyone hears anything please let us know.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Golden Mask and Benois prizes in Moscow 2002
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2002 6:13 am 
Here is the news of last night's prizes, given by my friend in Moscow. <P>>The prize was handed:<BR>1. Choreographer - William Forsythe,<BR>2. Male Dancer - Jiri Bubenicek and Jeffrey Gerodias<BR>3. Female dancer - Aurelie Dupont and Anastasia Volochkova<BR>4. Life Achievement - Rudi Van Dantzig and Jurgen Rose<P>>The ceremony of the awards and gala have not gone without scandal. First was close to demonstrating. "My movements are alone like street dogs" - such<BR>"pornography" on the scene of oldest classical theatre has exasperated<BR>everybody. The public shouted: "Shame! and left the hall. It's extremely<BR>complicated to term THAT choreography.<BR>The second scandal - award of a prize to Anastasia Volochkova, which on a background of other ballerinas looks awful. She didn t dance "Dying Swan" but Purcell's<BR> Death of Gods. Willis . And though this result was predictable the public<BR>obviously disagreed with opinion of jury, stamped their feet and whistled. I<BR>can t remember such reaction of public in Bolshoy. And it s very much a pity that a<BR>prize has not given to Svetlana Zakharova.<P><BR>[This message has been edited by Kevin Ng (edited April 27, 2002).]<p>[This message has been edited by Kevin Ng (edited April 28, 2002).]


Top
  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Golden Mask and Benois prizes in Moscow 2002
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2002 7:12 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Oct 24, 1999 11:01 pm
Posts: 19616
Location: London, England; Tallinn, Estonia
Please pass on our grateful thanks to your Moscow friend, Kevin. Hot of the press!<P>Although I think him one of the most interesting horeographers working today, Forsythe isn't everyone's cup of tea and that title doesn't ring any bells. Maybe its the quirky work that was shown at the South Bank last year. While I am sure that he would never indulge in pornography, I can see Continental Northern European sensibilities are different from those in many other places. <P>I can understand that Volochkova's success might raise the odd eyebrow, from what my friends have told me. <BR> <p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited April 27, 2002).]


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Golden Mask and Benois prizes in Moscow 2002
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2002 1:17 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Apr 11, 2001 11:01 pm
Posts: 9088
Location: Paris, France
For which part, Aurelie Dupont won Benois de la Danse ? I'm glad she had this merited award.

_________________
http://www.danser-en-france.com/forum


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Golden Mask and Benois prizes in Moscow 2002
PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2002 6:59 am 
From another Russian friend of mine.<P>> Some more about that Benois prize:<P>> The rumors have it that Mr.Grigorovitch (the Bolshoi's principal choreographer) pushed the jury into barring Zakharova (and Kirov nominees in general) from getting the prize. And Aurelie Dupont was selected because of political reasons (since it wouldn't be "politically correct", if two Russian ballerinas (Volochkova and Zakharova) had got the prize).<P>> So once again, the art in Russia had fallen victim of money and politics.<P><p>[This message has been edited by Kevin Ng (edited May 03, 2002).]


Top
  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Golden Mask and Benois prizes in Moscow 2002
PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2002 12:28 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Apr 11, 2001 11:01 pm
Posts: 9088
Location: Paris, France
Aurélie Dupont won her Benois prize for her part of Titania in Neumeier's Midsummer Night dream and of Nikya in Bayadère and she was absolutely beautiful in this last production better than Zakharova who was nominated for the same ballet. Zakharova was really good but she is still young and can win next year. <BR>And it seems more usual that for a POB production, it was a POB dancer who wins the prize.<P>I think it was difficult for the judge to give the same prize for the same part to two differents dancers. <P>I don't know at all Anastasia Volochkova. What's the problem with her ?

_________________
http://www.danser-en-france.com/forum


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Golden Mask and Benois prizes in Moscow 2002
PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2002 1:40 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jun 06, 2001 11:01 pm
Posts: 1742
Location: London UK
The problem with Volochkova is that she is a dancer of laughable taste and vulgarity. Think of Anna Kournikova, imagine she is a dancer and that’s Volochkova. Her nickname among her colleagues and the London fans is "Barbiedoll".<P>On the plus side she is a Kirov trained dancer with a potentially fine technique, she is very tall and very beautiful. On the minus side she dances in a "look at me" style that ignores her partners, other dancers and the meaning of whatever ballet she is in. She is very well known in the UK for featuring in the tabloid press. <P>V. began her career with the Kirov where she was coached by the wonderful (now sadly deceased) Inna Zubkovskaya, but has since transferred to the Bolshoi where she mysteriously became their first cast Odette/Odile recently.<P>I am told the Moscow audience reacted with fury when V. won the Benois prize. I’m not surprised, it could not have gone to a less deserving dancer.<BR><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited May 02, 2002).]


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Golden Mask and Benois prizes in Moscow 2002
PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2002 4:42 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Oct 22, 1999 11:01 pm
Posts: 14494
Location: SF Bay Area
I am speechless. And I thought <I>our</I> dance awards committees were bad...


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Golden Mask and Benois prizes in Moscow 2002
PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2002 6:09 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Apr 11, 2001 11:01 pm
Posts: 9088
Location: Paris, France
Thanks Cassandra for this explanation about Anastasia Volochkova. I never saw her dance. <P>And no Bolchoi tour is previous for the next years.

_________________
http://www.danser-en-france.com/forum


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Golden Mask and Benois prizes in Moscow 2002
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2002 2:52 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Mar 15, 2002 12:01 am
Posts: 182
Location: Great Britain
As one who was visiting the Bolshoi in the course of many decades I can testify that nothing ever happened there similar to what I saw on the 26th of April.<BR>The Jan Fabre's "My Movements Are Alone Like Street Dogs" was danced by Erna Omarsdottir on stage decorated with stuffed dogs which looked as if they had met a violent death. (I wonder what the RSPCA could say about them?) The physically well trained dancer was crawling in a strange manner, gnawing a bone, licking yogurt, arousing herself with balloons and, finally, started performing something that belonged to a different 'genre' alltogether. Moscow audience could not understand why it was called ballet. We heard that she performed it with success in some European countries but the Moscow ballet lovers were not prepared to see it on the stage where Ulanova and Semyonova danced. For them it was not acceptable and they demanded from the performer to finish, which sounded in this case as an ambiguuous expression, or even double entendre.<BR>Miss Volochkova's "Willis" was received politely but the audience revolted against her being awarded the prize because Zakharova was incomparably better in her "Middle Duet".<BR>However, the great Bolshoi compensated the audience for their disappointment and disgust. The last three pieces in the programme were performed by the leading Bolshoi dancers who won Benois de la Danse awards in the past. Andrei Uvarov and Anna Antonicheva danced Adagio from "The Sleeping Beauty", Anastasia Goryacheva and Sergei Filin - Adagio from "La Sylphide" and, finally, Nikolai Tsiskaridze as Solor tore the stage apart with his incredible jetes and Nadezhda Gracheva was his Nikiya.<BR>The scandal was mentioned in "Evening News' on TV. However, when the concert was shown by the TV "Culture" channel three days later, all controversial incidents were removed from the tape, everything was piece and quiet, and it sadly reminded very much of the Soviet television's selection method.<BR>


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 41 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3

All times are UTC - 7 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 9 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group