Thanks for the post Buddy. I just heard of Daria Pavlenko's Giselle
as well, and I could not be happier for her. She has not been given many performances so far this calendar year (I believe less than five at the home theatre) and I know she's looking forward to more stage time, as we're looking forward to seeing her on stage more frequently! (p.s. yesterday was her birthday; it's a nice birthday present!) As an added bonus I note her husband Alexander Sergeyev will be dancing Albrecht -- this is a doubly special treat, I really wish I could attend!
The Lopatkina Giselle
is also a surprise -- as many of you know, Lopatkina had danced the role early on in her career and then it left her repertoire for a long period. She returned to it only a few years ago, and I was very impressed with her interpretation of the role. Because it is still rare to see her in the ballet, that performance will be another historical moment.
Skorik continues to receive principal billing, underscoring the theatre's faith and hope in her future. I saw her debut in Swan Lake
and I'm sorry I'll miss this Giselle
, it will be interesting to see how she copes with the role. I see they've paired her with the same partner as before, Timur Askerov.
Buddy, I share your hope about Veronika visiting during the festival; one can always hope!