Thanks for this, Catherine. Sorry to hear about the illness that's going around. Yes, the Mexico City tour kicks off today but the following short report from the MT website doesn't list Kolegova as one of the tour participants...but lucky Mexico will be seeing PAVLENKO/SERGEEV, Kondaurova and Skorik, among others.http://www.mariinsky.ru/en/news1/news2/15_231oct/
Perhaps the fact that Kondaurova & Skorik are on this Mexico tour is a reason why they won't be seen in Washington, come January? I heard that Mr. Fateev likes to 'spread the wealth' when casting dancers for tours.
So glad to hear that Daria Pavlenko will be performing, Natalia ! I hope it's something special that she'll be doing.
It's always good to hear about her husband, Alexander Sergeev, as well.
Ekaterina Kondaurova looks better than ever 'classically' on recent video clips ("Swan Lake" and "La Bayadere"). The Artistic Range of this amazing women is staggering! I still maintain that in her Balanchine performances at this year's Festival, she showed a side of herself that I could never have imagined. Her theatrical prowess, most noticeable in her use of facial expression, made me think of some of the finest moments of Broadway and Hollywood. She is versatile as can be. Her husband, Islom Baimuradov, who is also her coach, has this same ability, which might explain some of it.
As for Oxana Skorik, I wouldn't take my eyes off of this remarkable young artist for a moment. I quite simply think that we could be witnessing the 'birth' of an all-time Genius.
How far is it to Mexico City ?