The Kirov Ballet with the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg
Detroit Opera House
The Sleeping Beauty
A WONDER BOY AND A DANSEUR NOBLE
who partnered Olesya Novikova in Detroit is certainly a virtuoso. In addition to his complete mastery of allegro
, there is a curious quality to his grand jete
and grand batterie
as he seems to be suspended in the air before coming down to Earth to join the rest of the planet’s population. This drives audiences wild!
On stage Leonid is an extravert to the extreme, so his stage persona is no mystery. I also saw him in Le Corsaire
with Somova last summer and he seems to be a reliable partner. But this is where his partnering skills end. Leonid's Desire doesn’t seem to care much about his Princess. His character is not a young man in love, but rather heir to the throne, who came of age and is obliged to select a suitable bride, preferable one who is pretty. Nevertheless he is an exciting performer to watch.
, who partnered Ekaterina Osmolkina is a 2003 Vaganova graduate. But despite of his tender age he produces a more mature impression on stage than Leonid. His style and his bearing reminds me of Roberto Bolle of La Scala. Vladimir’s technique is solid, lines are long and clean and manner is princely. He is danseur noble
in making, not to mention his striking good looks.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Leonid was born in Kiev, Ukraine.
He graduated from the Kiev State School of Choreography in 2000.
Leonid was born in St. Petersburg, Russia.
He graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 2003.
No story of Kirov show can be complete without mentioning corps de ballet of the Mariinsky theatre. Andre, you put it so well:
What can you say about their corps that hasn't been said already? The unity of motion, style, and effect is amazing --- seeing all those gorgeous shoulders, arms, and backs moving as they do in this company has got to be one of the wonders of the dance world.
To me, it simply IS one of the seven wonders of the modern world, along with the US Interstate Highway System and Seven Mile Bridge in Florida!