Believe it or not, I think that I have sort of covered it.
There are a few more things that I would like to mention.
"Le Parc" -- This work by Agelin Preljocaj I thought was a Masterpiece of dance juxtapositioning, changing of realities and dream state transcendence in response to the magnificent music of Mozart, as interpreted with wonderful sophistication by the Mariinsky dancers.
Ulyana Lopatkina -- She didn't dance a full length ballet, but in the not totally 'classical' works, "In The Night" and "The Fragments From One Biography," she still showed that she is probably one of the finest 'classical' dancers ever !
Anastasia Petushkova, 'character dancer,' who Natalia loves so much, was more animated and Wow inspiring than I've ever seen her as the Indian dancer in "La Bayadere." An amazing ball of high art fireworks !
All the Mariinsky 'Stars,' that were present, were consistently outstanding as usual, with some of them, such as Alina Somova and Ekaterina Kondaurova, noticably extending their artistic horizons with magnificent substance and marvelous beauty.
"Tarantella" -- Ashley Bouder and Denis Matvienko.
Of the many exceptional Gala performances, this one, along with "Diamonds" and "Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux" and "The Fragments From One Biography" and "Grand Pas Classique" and....(oh well)....was one of the ones that I enjoyed the most.
Ashley Bouder -- This time she was completely in her element and it was a delight. In an article that she just wrote, she says the following, that so well describes herself and probably many other performing artists.
"I am always trying to perfect my technique. I don’t think this is unusual. In fact, I think it is the most boring answer a dancer can give when asked what they strive for. But nonetheless, it is absolutely true and a constant thought and force in my life."
"I am a ball of energy when I get onstage, usually. I can’t help it. Something happens to me in that space between the wing and the stage and I come alive. Something lights up and there is no stopping it. I’m the first to admit that I get carried away. And by carried away, I mean CARRIED AWAY. I know that leads to an overexertion and certain ‘punchiness’ to my dancing. But in my defense, it comes from a good place. I truly love what I do. I love dancing and performing, which is why I’ve made it my life."http://dancepulp.com/2011/05/06/aspirations-mid-career/
Denis Matvienko -- Although Ashley Bouder, coming from the world of Balanchine, may have best captured the speed of light frenzy of this Balanchine explosion, Denis Matvienko admirably hung in there. He gave it his own personal touch of spectacularity at the beginning, when he sailed so gracefully and magnificently into the air, that it seemed as if he might actually get caught in the rafters.
The Guys -- I have to admit once again that I don't really focus on them. I guess I leave that mainly up to the women. All I can say, in sincere appreciation, is where would the women, that I love so much on stage, possibly be without them !
If anyone has some questions or would like to know more about who did what, I will try my best to respond.
I will probably find something else that I 'need' to mention, but for now I think that this does it.
The Heavenly Dancer
with the beauty of a sunny day
and the easiness of a gentle wave
echoes the hearts swirling currents
to bring life to some of the most beautiful of our fondest dreams
From the interview cited above with Yuri Fateyev, Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Ballet.
Question - " What is the festival of the Mariinsky for the audience - the concept? And what does it mean for the theater? "
Yuri Fateyev - " Festival - a concentrated cluster of performances, when the company shows its capacity to two hundred percent. "