Shirinkina was truly lovely
….and Daria Vasnetsova was absolutely terrific as Myrtha! Her jumps were impressive, and her upper body always moves so beautifully.. She's one of the best examples of true Mariinsky port de bras in the company at this moment for me.
And as always, the corps de ballet was amazingly good.
I had a wonderful night, I hope they will return soon to the Netherlands or Belgium….
Lidewij, I'm glad that you enjoyed Maria Shirinkina. I think that she's an absolutely lovely dancer, who maybe gets overshadowed by some of the other Mariinsky stars. She is the one for me, not being large in size and perhaps more quiet in style, that has still managed to 'slip through the cracks and perhaps steal the show.' It seems that the Mariinsky is quite aware of this as they have consistently graduated her into prominence since the very beginning of her career.
I also share your earlier stated enthusiasm for Alina Somova. I have a personal bias. I like what I call 'ethereal' dancers (refined, lyrical and dreamlike). If they can add considerable interest and dimension within this aura then I like them all the more. Alina Somova has always displayed this ability. Another artist that I like very much for similar reasons is Oxana Skorik.
And I share your appreciation of Daria Vasnetsova. I've also seen her as Myrtha and also thought that she was "absolutely terrific."