Here are some nice photos from the Russian Ballet Icons Facebook site.https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 9767435227
(directed here by the "Ballet Bag" Facebook site)
Here are some of the thoughts offered by Margaret Willis at "bachtrack."
(It's interesting that the five ballerinas that Margaret Willis highlights after writing, "So, onto the classical extracts closely connected to Galina Ulanova...." -- are the exact same five that so impressed me -- Ulyana Lopatkina, Svetlana Zakharova, Svetlana Lunkina, Evgenia Obraztsova and Olga Smirnova. It's good to have a 'soulmate.')*
"So, onto the classical extracts closely connected to Galina Ulanova. Having known her in her later years, I was eager to see if any ballerina would emulate her unique style. Closest came Ulyana Lopatkina, the prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Ballet, Ulanova’s original company, partnered by Marat Shemiunov (Mikhailovsky Ballet). In both her pieces, Les Sylphides and Asaf Messerer’s Orpheus and Eurydice, she floated as light as thistledown, her neat feet barely touching the ground., completely lost in her dancing."
"Also stunning was Svetlana Zacharova (Bolshoi) who, in The Dying Swan solo, presented the ultimate in rippling arms and quivering feet, injecting the short but poignant work with pathos. She returned in Vladimir Vasiliev’s powerful ballet Macbeth, (which Ulanova had coached), as the conniving, heartless Lady Macbeth, her legs shooting up like rapiers around her guilt stricken husband, (Andrei Uvarov, Bolshoi)"
"No one can emulate Ulanova’s legendary Juliet but the Mariinsky’s glorious young ballerina Evgenia Obraztsova showed us a delicate starry-eyed teenage heroine, her dancing bubbling over with joy."
"Two students (Olga Smirnova and Sergey Strelkov) from Ulanova’s early training ground, the Vaganova School, danced Messerer’s Dvorak Melody with great feeling and sensitivity, while the Bolshoi’s Svetlana Lunkina and Dmitri Gudanov performed the pas de deux from Act 2 of Giselle, Lunkina’s delicate, expressive body and disciplined controlled balances evidencing her other-worldliness."http://www.bachtrack.com/review-galina-ulanova-gala
* [I overlooked her inclusion of Daria Kokhlova, who was just fine as well]