As hoped for, there is already a video clip posted from Oxana Skorik's Raymonda. Here she dances the very beautiful solo with the simulated hand clapping. I'm not sure what this one is named.
I think that it shows, once again, her remarkable airy loveliness. This is the quality that I perhaps love the most. In addition, the exquisiteness of her sculptured positioning and motion is exceptional. The audience seems to have given her a very warm reception, based on the initial response. This is only a brief video look, so I hope that the evening was as fine as possible.
While waiting to see this, I found several other performances on the internet. One that fascinates me is by Sylvie Guillem. It makes for a very interesting comparison.
(Thanks to Kadmea at Mariinka for finding the Oxana Skorik video)
The only two reviews that I've found so far come from posters at the Bolshoi Forum and they are complimentary.
NOVODEVIS (joined: April 18, 2010, posts: 5641)
In tonight Oksana Skoryk very confident, successful, boldly and beautifully danced Raymonda difficult part…. Her ballet became even more magnificent differ technicality sense of style , a rare musicality , plastic , self-assurance , confidence , courage and artistry !
iruma (joined: Feb. 5, 2013, posts: 121)
….Skoryk really was good.
Above are Google translations.http://forum.balletfriends.ru/viewtopic ... &start=360
Those reports are not quite as I read them. The reports actually are not all complimentary. Also using Google translate:
Kadmea at Mariinka actually writes, "Of all the variations of this, in my opinion, most unfortunate."
Iruma starts off her post with "Of all the vast post just can not agree with the fact that Oksana Skoryk confident enough and very beautifully sang Raimondo. What kind of vast experience, you can tell if it was a debut?"
And IrinaMil, on Balletfriends, writes "Skoryk and Kondaurova - twin sisters. Frozen and inhibited. Where Hungarian flavor? Hands barely move, as if she is afraid of them Skoryk wiggle. Where glow of happiness, where courage, where proud to be? Not Hungarian bride doll and Coppelius, mechanically repeating memorized movement."
I don't think these are glowing reports, and having seen Skorik's Raymonda on YouTube myself, I can only add that it was really not what I expect to see on the Mariinsky stage. Stiff arms, frozen expression, lack of flow are not the hallmarks of a Mariinsky ballerina, but they are Skorik hallmarks. She should never have been given the role of Raymonda.