Catherine wrote here at the White Nights topic:
"A note: Last night Evgeny Ivanchenko and Oksana Skorik delivered one of the most beautiful performances of Giselle ever!"viewtopic.php?f=31&t=36949&start=15
How lucky you were to have seen this, Catherine !
I have to fall back on video watching for awhile.
There are several dancers that I group together while doing this, Oxana Skorik, Olga Smirnova (now at Bolshoi), Alina Somova and Svetlana Zakharova (now at Bolshoi).
There are two aspects of all their dancing that stand out for me, their Lyrical/Ethereal Grace and their Expression. It's probably the Lyrical/Ethereal Grace that I truly love. Is this what you might have seen in Oxana Skorik's Giselle, Catherine ?
All these ladies have wonderful Expression as well. This is probably what first attracted me to Oxana Skorik. Now I would say that it is her Lyricism that I'm really appreciating. The same with Svetlana Zakharova, who I feel has grown 'exponentially' in the last two years. Alina Somova is capable of Amazing lyrical beauty as well. I'll be very interested to see if she's grown even more when she returns. Olga Smirnova, probably a genius, seems highly expressive at the moment.
I continue to watch what I consider a parallel development of Oxana Skorik and Olga Smirnova. I wonder if some sort of Galina Ulanova/Maya Plisetskaya duality is occuring ? I'm extremely interested to see how Olga Smirnova will balance her Vaganova/Mariinsky lyrical beauty with her developing Bolshoi(?) sense of expression.