Maria Alexandrova and Ekaterina Krysanova along with Nina Ananiashvili, Natalia Osipova and others, because of their remarkable lively talent and charming, airy personalities just make me want to Smile.
I hope very much to be able to make a few comments later about Maria Alexandrova because she danced an excellent Nikia and because her "Raymonda" performance in Paris last December remains in my mind One of The Most Magnificent Perfomances That I Have Ever Seen !
In this "La Bayadere" performance, Maria Alexandrova displayed her wonderful qualities. Some of these were....
All Embracing Personality
Very Impressive Technical Prowess
I do feel for the moment a compelling need to discuss Ekaterina Krysanova because there is so much of interest and high emotional content happening with this young lady.
A Star-beam Ascending
Toba wrote -- "Krysanova’s Gamzatti was a crowd pleaser as well. Her spitfire piqué turns showed this First Soloist at her technical best. Her strongest quality is her zest for the challenges."
Gina wrote -- "I particularly enjoyed Ekaterina Krysanova's Gamzatti. Her second act solo (one of my favorite variations in the ballet) was a highlight for me. She is one of the most natural, accomplished turners I have ever seen."
I agree with both these comments and was also very impressed with her exceptional talent. She seems to definitely be developing a wide range of highly impressive abilities, in particular, as noted by Toba and Gina's comments, some excellent technical abilities.
But as also mentioned by Gina -- "Her second act solo (one of my favorite variations in the ballet) was a highlight for me." This second act solo, if I remember correctly, is an extremely beautiful and lyrical solo. This idea of
Delicate Lyrical Beauty
is what I so associate with Ekaterina Krysanova and is what I never want to lose sight of. Because of this I would really like to go back about two-and-a-half years to recall my strong and compelling initial impressions of Ekaterina Krysanova. I would like to reprint what I wrote here at that time, because I think that I expressed my essential feelings about her as well as I am capable of doing. This was when I really felt -- The Essence of Something Very Special !
The Bolshoi Ballet -- "Cinderella" -- Washington DC -- February 2007
Cinderella----Ekaterina Krysanova and Sergey Filin
I simply love Ekaterina Krysanova ! She is so delightful and loveable. She danced so airily like a fairy princess.
Ekaterina Krysanova----An Absolute Delight !
From the moment that she appeared on stage with her childlike effervescence and look of wonderment the enchantment remained constant for the entire evening.
How to describe her dancing ? Somewhere beyond the delicate side of Alina Cojocaru if you can believe that. Alina Cojocaru has a virtuoso aspect along with her delicacy. Ekaterina Krysanova just floated along like a gentle dream. She was both totally real and a fairytail princess.
I've never seen moves quite like hers. They just effervesced, dreamily bubbled and touched the surface like a dancing cloud. She did one hop over a bit of stage scenery with a flutter of fairylike grace that I have never seen before. In her Act II solo she did a series of jumps where her head airily arched backwards in a beautifully done finishing gesture. (She did similar lovely jumps in the Act III variation from Don Quixote.)
Coming out of demanding bits of choreographed gymnastics she flowed into dream perfect conclusions like an inverted waterfall. Her posturing during the more grounded choreography was done with wondrously delicate grace and poetic command.
All this was performed with the wide eyed innocense of a little child....
It was a most enjoyable evening !
In "La Bayadere", as Gamzatti, I would say that the natural brightness of her dancing and of her personality in addition to her ability to nuance her portrayal carried her above the story's format .
Her dancing flowed from one element, such as single-double ending in a triple fouette spins, to the next with an impressive level of accomplishment and above all with
An Ever Present Aura of Brightness and Grace.