Thanks, Francis, for the above article.
Tonight will be the first performance that I'm able to attend and I hope to see all the remaining ones. It's Don Quixote. Elena Yevseyeva, whom I don't recall seeing before, will be Kitri. Most of the other main dancers I'm familiar with and should be exciting to watch.
Don Quixote -- Some of the Cast
Elena Yevseyeva -- Kitri -- Look forward to seeing for probably the first time.
Kim Kimin -- Basilio -- Very exciting and highly promising young Mariinsky dancer from South Korea.
Oxana Skorik -- The Dryad Queen -- May well be the Mariinsky's next great star !
Daria Pavlenko -- The Street Dancer -- Haven't seen her in so long and hope that her presence will be highlighted in many, many more performances.
Vladimir Ponomarev (hopefully) -- Don Quixote -- In the character part of the Don, Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant !
One of the most rewarding and certainly most interesting evenings should be the one featuring her as the lead in Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds. This is perhaps the first time ever than anyone has attempted this.
In the most recent issue of The St. Petersburg Times in an article by Galina Stolyarova Ekaterina Kondaurova comments:
“When there is an opportunity to hold a ballet evening of your own, naturally, you aim to treat your audience to something special — a completely new work or a new role that will show your art from a different angle and give a different perspective on what you do on stage,” Kondaurova said. “I would be thrilled to do a whole evening of “Jewels” as this experience offers me a huge challenge. This will be a test of both my stamina and perseverance and my artistic skills alike. Stylistically, the three ballets are very different, and it will be tough having to switch from one to another.”
The article begins with the statement that "Kondaurova thrives on eccentricity…." I would say that she has shown herself to be perhaps the Mariinsky's most adaptable ballerina. To further illustrate this…."Kondaurova is also rehearsing the Forsythe works. “I am overwhelmed by this experience, and I am very much looking forward to seeing Forsythe at the festival,” she said. “He is an energizer of a person, and his ballets demand so much from you both physically and emotionally.” "http://www.sptimes.ru/index_bp.php?acti ... §ion=4
Maybe even more important, the last two years have also revealed Ekaterina Kondaurova as being possibly the most elegantly graceful ballerina on the world stage today.
Two more highlights that I'll greatly be looking forward to are Oxana Skorik as Nikiya (La Bayadere) and Olga Esina as Odette-Odile (Swan Lake).
The long awaited debut at the Mariinsky of George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Ulyana Lopatkina as Titania and Maria Shirinkina with Xander Parish in the Act II duet should be a wonderfully beautiful evening.
I'm sure, that as in the past, there will be some great surprise performances. Last year, one of the finest of all the performances and a most pleasant surprise, was Oxana Skorik's Odette duet from Swan Lake at the closing night Gala.