CriticalDance Forum

It is currently Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:29 am

All times are UTC - 7 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 247 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 ... 17  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: Nikolai Tsiskaridze
PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2002 6:19 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jun 06, 2001 11:01 pm
Posts: 1642
Location: London UK
Basheva, I'm so pleased you enjoyed watching those videos. I find Tsiskaridze totally unique; I can honestly say I've never seen anyone quite like him.

I imagine from your description of the lengthy curtain calls you mention, that the tape you saw of Giselle is actually the first night of the Vasiliev production. I was taken aback at first on seeing that very unusual ending with Albrecht hurtling around the stage in a paroxysm of grief, but when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. I have seen Nikolai dance in Giselle with two different partners, Lunkina and Petrova and was fascinated by the subtle differences in his interpretation when responding to two very different personalities. Not for him the "one size fits all" mentality.

I saw Nikolai’s first performance in Daughter of the Pharaoh and love him in the role of Tahor. A number of Bolshoi dancers were unhappy about the choreography – the “petit allegro Bournonville-esque” style wasn’t the kind of thing they were used to, nevertheless the principals all coped well and it’s a ballet I can’t wait to see again. With regard to the costumes, they vary throughout the ballet and some are very Egyptian looking. The mix is rather like the saris/tutus in La Bayadere. Alexandrova gets to wear a slinky multi-coloured number that I’d vote as the most attractive ballet costume ever! All the costumes by the way, were designed by Pierre Lacotte – is there no end to his talent?


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Nikolai Tsiskaridze
PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2002 8:44 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Oct 02, 2000 11:01 pm
Posts: 13071
Location: San Diego, California, USA
There is no way one could watch 'Scheherazade' only once....it begs to be seen again. So we watched it again.

This is a ballet using the music from Rimsky-Korsakov. It's such a lush powerful score that in the hands of a lesser choreographer, or a lesser company, could easily overwhelm the dancers. It would be a mistake, I think, to have an overly ornate set, lavish costumes, or tons of dancers to try to fill out the music. Because one never could. That mistake is not made in this ballet. This is a case of less is better. The costumes and set are clean and clear, as is the choreography. That way we get to see the music.

Much of the one act ballet is a pas de deux between the Golden Slave/Tsiskaridze and his love, danced by Irma Nioradze. But it is a pas de deux like none other that I have seen. No set formulaic pas. No grappling, no frantic/frenetic exchanges. There are very few lifts. I don't recall seeing a supported turn. It's all impelled by the music, not despite it.

While dancing with one another, they are also dancing for one another. It's an aching pas de deux as well as a joyous one, and because of that, erotic. It's not at all the tiresome 'let's see how many ways she bends' school of love. This is a blending of intent.

Tsiskaridze moves much differently in this ballet - he walks differently. He explodes and explores differently. I kept thinking I have seen this before - where? where? And, then it came to me. Those old pictures of Nijinski in this ballet were alive and dancing in front of me. That same exoticism cum eroticism. Tsiskaridze brought those qualities we sense from Nijinski's pictures to life.

........................

Excerpts from Les Sylphides with Svetlana Lunkina.

What a fantastic difference from the same dancer. Tsiskaridze is now the dreamer alive in his own dream. The exotic dancer was left behind in Scherezade's arms, this is a totally different man. His face even looks different. Now we see the well nuanced classical dancer - not the prince from Sleeping Beauty (that was yet another persona), but the poet.

Not long ago I saw a tape of Baryshnikov dancing this role with Tcherkasky. In the pas where the two principals dance (he behind her ) chasé and sauté, chasé and sauté - done coté au coté - Baryshnikov's feet never left the floor - just a half hearted hop. Tsiskaridze didn't make that same error. His feet were beautifully pointed every time, matching the ballerina.

Bravo.

<small>[ 10-18-2002, 22:48: Message edited by: Basheva ]</small>


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Nikolai Tsiskaridze
PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2002 1:37 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Mar 15, 2002 12:01 am
Posts: 186
Location: Great Britain
Nikolai Tsiskaridze's performances with the Bolshoi in USA:
Tempe* 27 Oct.(matinee) La Bayadere
Seattle 1 Nov. Swan Lake
3 Nov. (matinee) Swan Lake
Berkeley 8 Nov. Swan Lake
9 Nov. Swan Lake
Chicago 13 Nov. La Bayadere
16 Nov.(matinee) Swan Lake
Detroit 21 Nov. Swan Lake
23 Nov. Swan lake
Costa Mesa 27 Nov. La Bayadere
30 Nov. La Bayadere
Minneapolis 6 Dec. The Nutcracker
Washington 11 Dec. The Nutcracker
14 dec. The Nutcracker


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Nikolai Tsiskaridze
PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2002 7:09 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Mar 20, 2002 12:01 am
Posts: 3000
Location: San Francisco
Basheva wrote:

Quote:
Not long ago I saw a tape of Baryshnikov dancing this role with Tcherkasky. In the pas where the two principals dance (he behind her ) chasé and sauté, chasé and sauté - done coté au coté - Baryshnikov's feet never left the floor - just a half hearted hop. Tsiskaridze didn't make that same error. His feet were beautifully pointed every time, matching the ballerina.
Just a guess, Basheva, but I'll bet it was not an "error," but rather an artistic decision. Baryshnikov was trained, after all, back in the days when a danseur was supposed to be self-effacing when dancing with his partner.

<small>[ 10-19-2002, 21:09: Message edited by: djb ]</small>


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Nikolai Tsiskaridze
PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2002 7:28 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Oct 02, 2000 11:01 pm
Posts: 13071
Location: San Diego, California, USA
DJB - Tsiskaridze was 'self-effacing' - he is dancing completely behind the ballerina. He makes no effort to jump higher than she - he matches her exactly. And in that enchainement the legs have to match, in my opinion. In every other performance that I can remember seeing like - Fonteyn and Nureyev, for instance - you see the ballerina entirely in front, but you can see the man's legs dancing behind her and they match move for move, jump for jump, exactly.

Baryshnikov is the only one I can remember who does not do the sauté. When done that way, the synchronization is spoiled - she is jumping with a fully stretched foot and he gives a burping hop.

<small>[ 10-19-2002, 21:30: Message edited by: Basheva ]</small>


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Nikolai Tsiskaridze
PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2002 7:38 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Mar 20, 2002 12:01 am
Posts: 3000
Location: San Francisco
When I learned this choreography, the man was specifically supposed to not do a full saute, but just a bounce.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Nikolai Tsiskaridze
PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2002 7:41 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Sep 21, 2000 11:01 pm
Posts: 717
Location: California
That's how I learned it as well DJB.

D


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Nikolai Tsiskaridze
PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2002 8:16 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Oct 02, 2000 11:01 pm
Posts: 13071
Location: San Diego, California, USA
hmmmmm...interesting. I don't recall ever seeing anyone doing the bounce, other than Baryshnikov. I have seven tapes of this ballet with different dancers. It would be interesting to pull them out and compare wouldn't it?

When I have time.....


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Nikolai Tsiskaridze
PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2002 8:46 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Mar 20, 2002 12:01 am
Posts: 3000
Location: San Francisco
Regardless of who does what, and which you prefer, I'd still say Baryshnikov was not making an error.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Nikolai Tsiskaridze
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2002 8:32 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon Oct 02, 2000 11:01 pm
Posts: 13071
Location: San Diego, California, USA
We have quite a number of links in the pages of this thread to photos of Tsiskaridze, but as far as I checked no biographical information...not directly, any way.

So here are a couple of links to biographical information:

Bio - Tsiskaridze

More Bio - Tsiskaridze


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Nikolai Tsiskaridze
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2002 8:40 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon Oct 02, 2000 11:01 pm
Posts: 13071
Location: San Diego, California, USA
...ah wait...here's some more.

This is apparently a site where you can ask the dancer questions - and get an answer:

The Dancer Answers Questions

<small>[ 10-20-2002, 13:46: Message edited by: Basheva ]</small>


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Nikolai Tsiskaridze
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2002 8:39 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Oct 02, 2000 11:01 pm
Posts: 13071
Location: San Diego, California, USA
On tonight's menu.....

Narcissus - this was three concert performances of a solo ballet. The stage, except for a piano is bare, and the costume - a pair of tights.

The dancer, the dance and the music. This is one of those times that metaphorically speaking the dancer is stripped bare. Whatever he does, it shows loud and clear - no sets, no other dancers, no running on and off stage.

There are some devilishly difficult sequences in this ballet, and whether quick or slow, it's non-stop. No place to rest. Though Nikolai dances this with energy (there is no slack at all), he manages to convey the necessary languidity of narcissistic self absorption. His technical control allows for seeming abandon.

La Bayadere - Grand Pas de Deux, Kingdom of the Shades with Nadezhda Gracheva. This was a gala concert at Benois de la Danse Competition on April 26, 2002. Well, well, what's left to say? Beautifully articulated, beautifully danced, clear, clean, a dream for the audience.

My only complaint would be with one moment (well actually I believe she did it twice) when the ballerina springs over to Solor. In many past productions this spring in second position en l'air is not done very high, it's light and easy. Gracheva did this as a huge split grand jeté in second position. It made that one moment heavy - it was not in keeping with the rest of that part of the pdd. I am not blaming the dancer, it might have been set that way for her. But I found it a jarring moment.

Legend of Love (excerpts) - with Anna Antonicheva and Maria Allash, June 2002. What is wonderful about this ballet is that there is a nice long adage section for the male dancer. So much of the time the men do the 'big stuff' - the grand allegro. But this ballet gives the danseur a difficult and beautiful adage all by himself.

There are multiple turns done sur la place, going right into a slowly developing extension. Double promenades at 90 degree arabesque and then back into retiré, passé to develop in another position. Slow arabesque turns, slow extensions. It constantly flows and is almost all sur la place. Difficult to do - and exceedingly well done.

Tsiskaridze always looks completely swept up in what he is doing - he is not just executing choreography - he is dancing inwardly as much as outwardly. It's coming from within, and it shows.

<small>[ 10-20-2002, 22:43: Message edited by: Basheva ]</small>


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Nikolai Tsiskaridze
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2002 4:36 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Mar 15, 2002 12:01 am
Posts: 186
Location: Great Britain
Out of three websites kindly given above I managed to open only one. And the information there was incomplete, i.e. stopped somewhere in 2000-01. It did not mention Tsiskaridze's new roles in 2001-02 and two more awards in 2001:
- National title of the People's Artist of Russia (in fact, at 27 he became the youngest not only among dancers but among all theatre people ever to be awarded this title);
- State Prize (I think he is the only laureate of this prize among all present Bolshoi dancers).
If somebody encounters the same problem with opening the sites, they can try:
www.bolshoi.net/stars/tsiskaridze/index.htm
On the left-hand side you will find: Profile, Picture Gallery, Interview.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Nikolai Tsiskaridze
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2002 8:19 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Oct 24, 1999 11:01 pm
Posts: 19975
Location: London, England; Tallinn, Estonia
Many thanks to DavidH and djb for establishing that there are alternative steps for the sequence in "Les Sylphides" that is referred to in the posts further up.

On this basis I am satisfied that in the filmed version referred to above there is no reason to believe that Baryshnikov made an error, as was stated by Basheva before the evidence from djb and DavidH was posted.

<small>[ 10-21-2002, 11:17: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Nikolai Tsiskaridze
PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2002 12:18 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Oct 22, 1999 11:01 pm
Posts: 17499
Location: SF Bay Area
<img src="http://www.criticaldance.com/interviews/images/ntsisk_2.jpg" alt="" />

Quote:
Criticaldance.com

An Interview with Nikolai Tsiskaridze,
Principal Dancer, Bolshoi Ballet
October 13, 2002

By Marina Radina


The name of this dancer is a difficult one to pronounce. But for those who are about to see him dance for the first time, try to remember his name – Nikolai Tsiskaridze. A native of Georgia he now lives in Moscow and is a Principal Dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet. However, at the beginning of 2002/03 season, Tsiskaridze gave only one performance in his own theater. He spent the rest of the time on tour: in Japan, where he danced Prince Desire and Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty; and then in Italy, he danced the Golden Slave in Scheherazade in the Teatro del'Opera di Roma. Now he will be touring with the Bolshoi Ballet in the USA where he appears in Swan Lake as Siegfried, La Bayadère (Solor), and as the Prince in The Nutcracker.
More...


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 247 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 ... 17  Next

All times are UTC - 7 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 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