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 Post subject: Yulia Makhalina
PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:48 am 
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Very surprised to hear that Makhalina will dance in London shortly.

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From what I have heard I was under the impression that she had all but retired, can one of you Kirov watchers give me some idea of what she's been doing of late and what her present form is.

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 Post subject: Re: Yulia Makhalina
PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:25 am 
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Mm she has not been performing at the Mariinsky. I think from time to time she coaches but that's not a regular thing. She was watching Ratmansky's stage rehearsal at the MT2 today. From what I see she has been travelling with smaller groups of dancers (Mariinsky usually) to other Russian cities, now and then, but not any formal group/company or tour schedule.

I can't speak to her form - the last time I saw her she danced at Silutsky's jubilee here during the festival a few years ago...and while she was slender she was not quite in shape (the pas was one I'd not seen previously, a lot of posing/running/sweeping lifts but little technique required).

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 Post subject: Re: Yulia Makhalina
PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:13 am 
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Thanks for the prompt reply.


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 Post subject: Re: Yulia Makhalina
PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:15 am 
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Hi Cassandra.

I also saw her perform the pas de deux from the ballet Anna Karenina (Andre Prokovsky) with Andrei Yakolev during the "Silutsky's jubilee" at last year's Mariinsky Festival. I don't have Catherine's eye for technical detail or difficulty but I was delighted with how well I thought that she did. They may have strained to get through the more physical stuff, but I felt that she danced More Beautifully overall than on any of the videos that I've seen. It was a real treat to see.


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 Post subject: Re: Yulia Makhalina
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Yes, it was last year. It feels like longer bc the days and hours get so packed! ))

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 Post subject: Re: Yulia Makhalina
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I saw her dance Zobeide last night and the years weigh very lightly on her, she smiles at the audience a lot, but sadly has not an ounce of sexual feeling in a ballet that demands tons of the stuff and some sort of connection with her partner would have been good too.

Nice to have seen her again though, just a pity it wasn't in a role that suits her better.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:12 am 
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Cassandra wrote:
"....the years weigh very lightly on her...."

In the *Beautiful Expression* of her dancing at last year's Mariinsky Festival, Cassandra, not only did I feel this, but also that she looked More Beautiful than ever.

For me, it was a Delight !


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 Post subject: Re: Yulia Makhalina
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Cassandra wrote:
I saw her dance Zobeide last night and the years weigh very lightly on her, she smiles at the audience a lot, but sadly has not an ounce of sexual feeling in a ballet that demands tons of the stuff and some sort of connection with her partner would have been good too.


I suspect this is what the artistic directors of the Kirov saw during her career and it may be why she sadly never achieved all she was technically capable of.

I could watch her dance in class all day, but I invariably find her performances rather boring and uninspiring.


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 Post subject: Re: Yulia Makhalina
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To be fair to Makhalina she was much better at the second performance she gave.

Once again I was astonished by how young she looks. Would love to know which brand of face cream she uses :wink:


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Cassandra wrote:
To be fair to Makhalina she was much better at the second performance she gave.

Once again I was astonished by how young she looks. Would love to know which brand of face cream she uses :wink:

Love Potion No. 9 :D

"I told her that I was a flop with chicks

I've been this way since 1956

She looked at my palm, and she made a magic sign

She said, what you need is Love Potion No. 9"

(The Searchers)


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 Post subject: Re: Yulia Makhalina
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Buddy wrote:
Cassandra wrote:
To be fair to Makhalina she was much better at the second performance she gave.

Once again I was astonished by how young she looks. Would love to know which brand of face cream she uses :wink:

Love Potion No. 9 :D

"I told her that I was a flop with chicks

I've been this way since 1956

She looked at my palm, and she made a magic sign

She said, what you need is Love Potion No. 9"

(The Searchers)



My word Buddy, a fellow Searchers fan! Once saw them live at the Royal Albert Hall in a programme starring The Rolling Stones who had just released 'I wanna be your man" Takes me back to my teenage years.


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 Post subject: Re: Yulia Makhalina
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Ah yes, the teenage years. Still drive my father's '98 Ford (as close as I can get to the 50's) past Marilyn's and Elvis's old places, but it's not a convertible.

There is a rumor (started by me a minute ago) that all the famous Beatles' and Stones' love ballades were about Yulia Makhalina. :D

I would certainly look forward to seeing her perform again like she did at last year's Mariinsky Festival.


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Bluebell_Lover, try to bear with us. Folks do see things differently sometimes.


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 Post subject: Re: Yulia Makhalina
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Just to loop back and correct something I said: Makhalina was coaching (aside from rehearsing for the Liepa Fokine program) during July. So she does coach...

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