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 Post subject: Re: London Season: July/August 2014
PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 1:11 pm 
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In the Telegraph, Laura Thompson reviews the Friday, August 1, 2014 performance of "Swan Lake," with Oxana Skorik and Timur Askerov in the leading roles.

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Thanks so much, Francis. You’re the first on the internet to ’snag’ one of these.

“No performance of Swan Lake has ever been perfect, but the Mariinsky came close at the Royal Opera House, says Laura Thompson”

(four stars (out of five))

“Swan Lake….the ultimate symbol of an art form.”

“Like many ballet-lovers I have measured out my life in Swan Lakes….”

“The ballet, which was first performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1895, is in the company’s soul.”

“Twelve other leads, including the Briton Xander Parish, will dance Swan Lake in this run, but Askerov and Skorik set a formidable standard.”


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:38 pm 
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In the Observer, Luke Jennings reviews the Monday, July 28, 2014 performance of "Romeo and Juliet" with Diana Vishneva and Vladimir Shklyarov in the leading roles and the Tuesday, July 29, 2014 performance with Viktoria Tereshkina and Xander Parish.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:47 pm 
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From The Man himself !

“And an Odette/Odile from Oxana Skorik of fine-drawn beauty. She possesses exquisite line – eloquent for Odette; dazzling for Odile – and an intriguing air of mystery, of an inner passion. I thought her fascinating.”

Clement Crisp

:D :D :D :D :D

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/6892dfd0 ... z39SD6AnVH
(thanks to BalletcoForum for finding this)


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 6:17 pm 
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Judith Mackrell reviews Oxana Skorik and Timur Askerov in "Swan Lake" for the Guardian.

The Guardian

Zoe Anderson reviews the same performance for The Independent.

The Independent

Lyndsey Winship reviews Yulia Stepanova and Xander Parish in "Swan Lake" for the Evening Standard.

Evening Standard

Hanna Welbye reviews Yulia Stepanova and Xander Parish in "Swan Lake" for The Arts Desk.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 6:48 pm 
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Jeffery Taylor reviews Viktoria Tereshkina and Xander Parish in "Romeo and Juliet" for the Sunday Express.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 1:15 am 
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Buddy wrote:
From The Man himself !

“And an Odette/Odile from Oxana Skorik of fine-drawn beauty. She possesses exquisite line – eloquent for Odette; dazzling for Odile – and an intriguing air of mystery, of an inner passion. I thought her fascinating.”

Clement Crisp

:D :D :D :D :D

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/6892dfd0 ... z39SD6AnVH
(thanks to BalletcoForum for finding this)


Buddy thanks for finding and sharing that incredible clip! I know the naysayers who may have seen Skorik early on, when she was thrust into the 2012 tours unprepared, will have trouble believing it, but they will have to see for themselves rather than living in the past. Mr. Crisp's word, as we all know, is the golden standard, the acid test for any ballerina. This proves what I've been saying for the past year or more, regarding the vast strides Skorik has made in her dancing. She has always had beautiful lines but her dramatic presentation has grown immensely as has her stamina and strength. I'm so pleased to hear that another critic has recognized her growing professionalism!

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In the Telegraph, Sarah Crompton reviews the Saturday, August 2 matinee of "Swan Lake" with Yulia Stepanova and Xander Parish as well as the Monday, August 4, 2014 performance with Uliana Lopatkina and Evgeny Ivanchenko.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:25 am 
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Catherine, I totally agree that Oxana Skorik is worthy of all the praise that she can get.

Thanks, Francis, for listing the many reviews. Here’s another one from bachtrack. Am I singling out Oxana Skorik for highest praise? Yes, because I think that she really deserves it. The London press seems quite impressed with the Mariinsky’s Swan Lake and is very complimentary towards the dancers. Kimin Kim has become a revelation. Xander Parish is also receiving huge attention and much praise.

bachtrack:

"Friday night's cast was superb and included Oxana Skorik (Odette-Odile), Timur Askerov (Prince Siegfried) and Vladislav Shumakov (the Jester).

"The performance as a whole was spellbinding. What made this three hour ballet gripping was the completeness of it all.

"Skorik's Odette and Odile were sweet and sharp respectively and her journey in the performance was believable and entirely magical. When she arched her back and extended her legs, Tchaikovsky's music came to life. Her limbs whistled onstage and matched Askerov's masculine presence. His lifts and attentive partner work allowed for seamless transitions which highlighted an enchanting chemistry."

http://bachtrack.com/review-mariinsky-s ... ugust-2014
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 1:50 pm 
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The London writers have a difficult job. Like us all they have an interest in having the theatres filled, so they have to be very subtle with their criticism so that it's understated, almost between the lines.

The Guardian compares Skorik's "eloquence" favorably to Timur, but sets the bar low, as, "he rarely convinces us of the life-and-death stakes of Siegfried's story." The writer then makes subtle digs about Skorik's musicality and acting: "Yet it's an eloquence that remains close to the surface, embodied in the decorative manner of her dancing rather than in the deeper rhythms of a dramatic interpretation." Her final comments damn Skorik with faint praise: "Skorik is potentially a very interesting artist, but the full scope of her talent seems waiting to be released."

The Independent is no kinder. Given her well-known tendency to fall off pointe, the first comment about Skorik is particularly telling: "Oxana Skorik was distinctive but not yet secure as Odette-Odile." After referring next to her "remote and even frosty persona", the writer also criticises her acting and technical ability - ".... Skorik needs to project the ballet’s mood, to bring us into the world of an enchanted princess longing for freedom. She seems more interested in cutting to the end of a step than in shaping and developing it. Her legs reach sky-high, but she needs more power through the body." Again, her shakiness is highlighted: "Her vampy solo had some shaky moments....."


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:24 pm 
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In the Observer, Luke Jennings reviews performances of "Swan Lake" with Oksana Skorik and Timur Askerov as well as Yulia Stepanova and Xander Parish.

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In the Telegraph, Sarah Crompton reviews Balanchine's "Apollo" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

The Telegraph

Ismene Brown reviews the Balanchine double bill for The Arts Desk.

The Arts Desk


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:37 am 
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Bluebell_Lover wrote:
The Independent is no kinder. Given her well-known tendency to fall off pointe, the first comment about Skorik is particularly telling: "Oxana Skorik was distinctive but not yet secure as Odette-Odile." After referring next to her "remote and even frosty persona", the writer also criticises her acting and technical ability - ".... Skorik needs to project the ballet’s mood, to bring us into the world of an enchanted princess longing for freedom. She seems more interested in cutting to the end of a step than in shaping and developing it. Her legs reach sky-high, but she needs more power through the body." Again, her shakiness is highlighted: "Her vampy solo had some shaky moments....."


what was shaky about it? How was it shaky? There are no examples given.

"well known tendency" to fall off pointe?

Fact: For calendar year 2014, I've watched Skorik here in St. Petersburg, where I have been based, since the start of March. I've not once seen her fall off pointe here in 2014.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:20 pm 
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Catherine Pawlick wrote:
Bluebell_Lover wrote:
The Independent is no kinder. Given her well-known tendency to fall off pointe, the first comment about Skorik is particularly telling: "Oxana Skorik was distinctive but not yet secure as Odette-Odile." After referring next to her "remote and even frosty persona", the writer also criticises her acting and technical ability - ".... Skorik needs to project the ballet’s mood, to bring us into the world of an enchanted princess longing for freedom. She seems more interested in cutting to the end of a step than in shaping and developing it. Her legs reach sky-high, but she needs more power through the body." Again, her shakiness is highlighted: "Her vampy solo had some shaky moments....."


what was shaky about it? How was it shaky? There are no examples given.

"well known tendency" to fall off pointe?

Fact: For calendar year 2014, I've watched Skorik here in St. Petersburg, where I have been based, since the start of March. I've not once seen her fall off pointe here in 2014.

How many classical ballets have you seen Oxana Skorik perform in 2014?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:43 pm 
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Roslyn Sulcas reviews the Balanchine double bill for the New York Times.

NY Times

Clement Crisp reviews the same program for the Financial Times.

Financial Times

Zoe Anderson reviews the Balanchine program for The Independent.

The Independent

Judith Mackrell reviews the Balanchine program for The Guardian.

The Guardian


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Ismene Brown reviews the triple bill of "The Firebird," Ratmansky's "Concerto DSCH" and Ashton's "Marguerite and Armand" for The Arts Desk.

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