The Kirov Ballet with the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg
The Sleeping Beauty
I won’t add much to what NataliaN has said already about the other two Auroras: Ekaterina Osmolkina
and Olesya Novikova
. In general terms I agree with Natalia's characterization of their style and class. I was impressed with the filigree-like coordination of wrists, head and neck, displayed by Novikova. She is being coached by one of the greatest ballet teachers - madame Moiseeva and it showed, especially in the Aurora Variation
of the Rose Adagio
and also the Wedding PDD
But to me neither of those wonderful dancers makes me think of her as of a Ballerina. Great technique? Yes. Style? Of course. Appearance? Most certainly. But there is something else that sets a Ballerina apart from other soloists or a Premiere from other dancers, for that matter. And it's not the potential either. It's either there from the beginning or it's not. Call it aura, call it charisma, call it star power... whatever! In the course of the last week I saw this mysterious "IT" only in two performers: Alina Somova and Andrian Fadeev in that order. Uliana Lopatkina notwithstanding, of course.
THE BLUE BIRD, PRINCESS FLORINE, THE FAIRIES AND OTHER "SMALL" PARTS
Now I'd like to continue with giving due credit to the rest of the cast. As Sir Laurence Olivier once said: “There are no small parts, only small actors”
Another wonderful debut – Ulia Bolshakova
as Princess Florine! Another Kirov beauty – tall, long-limbed with a face of Olga Spessivtzeva. She seems to possess everything to have a brilliant future with the company. And I would have loved her Florine much more, if she were not overshadowed by a more experienced Florine - Ksenia Ostreykovskaya
, who performed the following night. Ksenia has developed the role to the spoiled perfection. There was simply no way to outshine her
who danced the Blue Bird one of the nights impressed me a great deal with his precise allegro movements. He is very light despite of being rather tall for a dancer.
Courage Fairy - Yana Serebriakova
ran into little bit of bad luck, as she found herself sitting on the floor. Oh, well – any dancer must do it at least once in their career
On the other hand, Diamond Fairy - Victoria Tereshnkina
demonstrated precise and fast pointe work that had a “wow” effect. Technically, she is the strongest dancer on this tour, but somehow lacked warmth for me. I could easily see her as awe-inspiring Gamzatti in La Bayadere
The White Cat - Yuana Selina
and Puss In Boots - Anton Lukovkin
charmed the audience. The whole scene is too cute for me, though
And Yuri Zagorodnyuk
playing solo violin in the 2nd act did not fail to provoke rounds of applause every single night. Oh, Kirov orchestra' violins … something to behold!
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Ekaterina was born in Kishenev (Moldova).
She graduated from the Vaganova Academy in 1999.
Olesia was born in St Petersburg, Russia.
She graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 2002.
. Corps member.
Ulia graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 2002.
Ksenia was born in Obninsk, Russia.
She graduated from the Perm Ballet School.
Joined the Mariinsky Theatre in 1996.
Dmitry was born in Moscow.
He graduated from the Vaganova Academy of St. Petersburg in 1999.
Yana was born in St. Petersburg, Russia.
She graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 1997.
Viktoria was born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
She graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy (class of Marina Vasilieva) in 2001.
With Andria Fadeev in Don Quixote
Yana was born in St. Petersburg.
She graduated from the Vaganova Academy in 1997.
Anton was born in St. Petersburg.
He graduated from the Vaganova Academy in 1999.