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  1. Apart from Nadezhda Pavlova as Bluebird there was a dancer from the Kirov Ballet Valentina Ganibalova as Water. Other roles were played by Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Ava Gardner, Robert Morley, Patsy Kensit, Todd Lookinland, Cicely Tyson, Margarita Terekhova, Oleg Popov and a whole bunch of Russian stars. It can be watched in Russian below. Pavlova appears on 47 min.:
  2. Tributes are pouring in from colleagues saddened by the death of Vladimir Nikonov who was universally loved as a dancer, a teacher and a person. Alexei Ratmansky: Sad news from Moscow: Vladimir NIKONOV, beloved Bolshoi dancer and teacher passed away this morning. He was a true gentleman and a great professional. I will always remember his support and his kind heart. RIP dear Vladimir Leonidovich Alexei Ratmansky: When I asked Baryshnikov who was the dancer he admired the most among his colleagues in Russia, Misha said: Nikonov! Vladimir Leonidovich was very pleased to hear that. Here are
  3. The famous ballet teacher, People’s Artist of Russia, Vladimir Nikonov has dies yesterday in Moscow at the age of 83. It was known on August 3 that he was hospitalized with pneumonia. He was a soloist of the Bolshoi Ballet from 1957 to 1978, and then taught at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Since 1978 he has been a teacher-coach at the Bolshoi. Among his pupils are dozens of famous artists, including Viktor Barykin, Vladimir Derevyanko, Valery Anisimov, Yuri Posokhov, Vadim Pisarev, Alexander Vetrov, Vladimir Neporozhny, Denis Matvienko, Alexander Volchkov, David Motta Soares… His son, Leonid
  4. In some forums, Jeannette, this is acceptable when they have the topic 'Im Memoriam'. However, since this topic was about the dear Nikolai Borisovich, perhaps, it can be split after Amelia's post on 25 July. The next one, 'In Memoriam' can start with Amelia's post Posted Tuesday at 22:57.
  5. Unintentionally, this topic turned into a memorial to several dancers. I just want to show one more piece, which I like -- “Bacchanalia” to music by Saint-Saëns. Choreography by Alexander Gorsky. Malika Sabirova is partnered here by her husband Muzaffar Burkhanov. Although different physically from Maximova, she reminded her to me here.
  6. Of course Malika Sabirova could not match Maximova’s personality. And as you rightly wrote who could? But she demonstrated excellent schooling. As a 9-y-o girl she travelled from her native Tajikistan to Vaganova Academy in Leningrad. After graduation she danced in Dushanbe Opera and Ballet Theatre for 21 years and also toured a lot. She could not work with Ulanova permanently but Ulanova liked her very much and was coaching her for Moscow and Varna competitions. Sadly, Malika died of lung cancer at the age of 39 and was buried in a costume of Giselle. Some photos and clips of her ca
  7. Yes, Sheila, in theatre Struchkova’s Cinderella was with dark-haired plaits. In real life she was also dark-haired. I saw her first time in this role in 1948 when she danced with Asaf Messerer. “The Crystal Slipper” film was made in 1960 when she was already 35 and the blond hair made her look younger. Back to Ledyakh. If you only knew his story! Yes, he was not so elegant as N.Fadeyechev but he was a very powerful dancer. In my view, he was born to dance in Grigorovich’s ballets. However, when the latter came to Bolshoi, Ledyakh, 36, was already an established Principal and Grigorovich was
  8. A former Principal of Bolshoi Ballet Gennady Ledyakh died on 3 July at 92. He was a virtuoso dancer, a king of pirouettes. All ballerinas wanted to dance with him because of his partnering skills. I don't know if he visited UK with his company but a friend told me that he saw him here with a mixed group of Russian performers at the Albert Hall and at the Davis Theatre in Croydon - his partner was Irina Tikhomirnova. He was an excellent Prince to Raisa Struchkova's Cinderella in the old film “The Crystal Slipper" (1960). The young Ekaterina Maximova is dancing the Spring here:
  9. The choreographer and author of libretto for this ballet was Alexey Miroshnichenko. After 11 successful years as the Chief Choreographer of Perm Ballet he left this post in order to pursue a freelance career.
  10. Some might be interested in watching a 60-min. programme about Nikolai Fadeyechev, which was shown on Russian TV in 1981. The talking sequences can be easily skipped from one ballet scene to another. There are scenes there from the Bolshoi’s old productions of Giselle, Swan Lake, Chopiniana, The Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda, Carmen, The Stone Flower, and Anna Karenina. Fadeyechev’s partners there were Galina Ulanova, Maya Plisetskaya, Nina Timofeyeva and Marina Kondratyeva. There are also sequences of him rehearsing with younger dancers: Vyacheslav Gordeyev, Alexander Bogatyrev and Alexey Fadeyec
  11. Balanchine here is as enjoyable as ever but this piece does not depict the spirit of Walpurgisnacht.
  12. I never had a chance to see her on stage but loved in "Hans Christian Andersen" (1952). Erik Bruhn and Zizi Jeanmaire:
  13. I was looking forward yesterday to watch the ballet scene in “Faust” and was disappointed with so many unsightly and charmless movements, which were totally out of keeping with the beautiful music. I definitely prefer the "Walpurgis Night" choreographed by Leonid Lavrovsky at the Bolshoi in 1949. With Maya Plisetskaya Also: with Raisa Struchkova, Alexander Lapauri, Georgy Farmanyants (1956) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s4Nt4c-VHk and with Ekaterina Maximova, Shamil Yagudin, Stanislav Vlasov (1971) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1W_N8uBcLw&list=FL
  14. And a wonderful day and evening for you too, Jeannette!
  15. I don't want to split hairs and look as a perfect bore but it is important for dancers to be noticed and their names remembered. Therefore, the names of these graduates with honours are: Valeria Bespalova and Polina Ustinova https://vaganovaacademy.ru/vaganova/obrazovanie/prikazy/Prikaz_o_perevode_na_kursy_SPO_99_2018.pdf https://www.facebook.com/academyvaganova/photos/балетвокневалерия-беспаловафото-дарья-ченикова/2026464357452839/
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