You're most welcome everyone! It's heartwarming when the posts are received by an audience
I've been juggling outside responsibilities with the festival so haven't been able to post as much as I'd like. The festival continues, despite Europe's volcanic ash. Tonight Zakharova joined Uvarov in Swan Lake. Out of curiosity I attended -- I have to say she looked even slimmer than I recall. He had grey hair, which was jarring upon first view. Uvarov is also quite statuesque, but for someone from the Bolshoi, did not look as chiselled as I'd expected. It was a May-December duet throughout. Zakharova continues to be gorgeous of line and uber flexible. But a soulful, emotional, touching rendition I did not sense from her, whereas I have felt the dramatic elements from many of the Mariinsky's leading ladies in the same role, notably Lopatkina. Grigory Popov danced a stellar jester (for those who saw the umpteen Swan Lakes in a prior festival - he was just as great if not better). As the pas de trois in Act I, we had a surprise in the form of Yana Selina, Valeria Martinouk and Maxim Zuizin. Selina danced the allegro variation/Martinouk did the hops en pointe. Zuizin's face was expressionless and as usual one has the sense his perfect form is achieved effortlessly -- meaning with effort it could be absolutely otherworldly.
Tomorrow night is the Lyon Opera Ballet. Bejart was to perform at the Mikhailovsky tehse three evenings but that was cancelled due to the volcanic ash and flight issues. I'm hoping Lyon happens, and there's no reason so far to think it won't.
I will post more as I can...