Catherine Pawlick wrote:
Just a note on the "left behinds" -- Ruzimatov and Makhalina are still in St. Petersburg -- they both performed in "Scheherezade" last Tuesday. Ayupova has not performed witih the company in well over 2 years, which is a great disappointment indeed. I saw what I believe was her final performance in "Sleeping Beauty" here two years ago in June (2003). I heard she has relocated to Finland with her son and husband. Nioradze is a mystery -- she too rarely performs in St. Petersburg, but danced in "Le Corsaire" and several other roles maybe once per month this past spring.
Can't complain about not seeing Nioradze and Ruzimatov as they were dancing together in Scheherazade and separately in Don Q in the UK only a couple of months ago.
Everyone here longs to see Ayupova again and I'm told by my Kirov moles that there is a good chance she will return to the company.
Where is Zhelonkina though? I'm resigned to the fact that she won't be given more than a pas de trois here, but I'd give a lot to see her again.