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About Estreiiita

  • Birthday 13/11/1960

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  1. I'd love to see at least one ballet out of great classics, " Swan Lake", " La Bayadere", " Giselle", " Corsaire", " Don Q"... Balanchine's " Jewels", please! And " Nutcracker" for Christmas - I see it every year! And one mixed programme of modern ballets!
  2. My pleasure. Indeed, living far away from the big cities, I try to attend several performances in one go, having a chance! Next visit in August - Bolshoi and Matthew Bourne's " Romeo and Juliet"!
  3. I just want to add a few words about my impressions from seeing " Romeo and Juliet", evening performance, last Saturday. First of all, I liked a lot beautiful design and staging, it was like watching a true life of Verona for centuries ago! The costumes were exquisite! As to the dancers - Natalia Osipova is a great ballerina and great Juliet. She just lived on the scene. I can't say the same about David Hallberg however. To my mind he doesn't suit Romeo physically, nor was his dancing and acting on the same level with Osipova. Actually I was wondering, why does she prefers him to other partners? I was quite impressed by Ryoichi Hirano - he created quite a trustworthy image of Tybalt, also James Hay (Mercutio) and Calvin Richardson ( Benvolio) were brilliant. Out of three harlots, Itziar Mendizabal was especially wonderful, though all three girls actually were great. And what a beautiful mandolin dance - Benjamin Ella is just a balm for the eyes of a ballet lover! I left the Covent Garden wishing to come back soon - thanks to the Royal ballet!
  4. I was at the programme B performance last Friday and was very much impressed by all three so different ballets - it's impossible for me to say which one did I like most! 1. The Infinite Ocean by Liang - I was conquered by its beauty - the beauty of music, costumes and dancing. Also, like it says, it hovers in the space between life and death and is sort of based on the words of Liang's dying friend :" I will see you on the other side of the infinite ocean". I happened to be in the theatre together with a friend who herself balanced on the edge between life and death this winter ( cancer) , maybe that's why we both looked at that performance through the eyes of someone who experienced the closeness to that " infinite ocean" and we're very touched emotionally by what we saw. All dancers involved were great, but most of all I remember Sofiane Sylve with Tiit Helimets and Yuan Yuan Tan with Vítor Luiz. I liked the beauty of classical movements in the contemporary piece; I liked the unisex costumes but very clear different sex choreography, and the music was extremely beautiful - IMHO! 2. Snowblind. I 've been a fan of Cathy Marston since I saw her " Dangerous Liaisons" created for the Royal Danish Ballet in 2017. Plus, Ulrik Birkkjaer was dancing the lead part here - and though I miss him greatly, now I 'm glad for him to be a part of a wonderful ballet company! Thanks a lot to Alison for a link about the synopsis of the novel, I read it while flying to London and was a bit more prepared for the evening. Here I liked the choreography most of all - each movement in its place, well describing the person involved! All three principal dancers were superb, but Mathilde Froustey was especially touching and vulnerable. This piece made me wish to read more of Edith Wharton's novels - as well as wish to see Cathy Marston in Copenhagen again! 3. Bjork Ballet. Well, that was surely a revelation for me, sort of a ballet umami, quite fresh and unexpected ( to say the truth, I wasn't acquainted with Bjork's creations until that evening). What a beautiful choreography, costumes, dancing! Each piece was a masterpiece - I can't name any specific part that I liked more than others and all dancers were perfect! I didn't think that Arthur Pita can create something like this! All in all, I'm very glad I saw this programme and I'm looking forward now to SF ballet's visit to Copenhagen in the end of October - to see their " Romeo and Juliet"!
  5. I've been to the matinee performance of "Rasputin" on Saturday and liked it very much. Sergei is surely a very talented and capable dancer, at some moments he just seemed to be a real Rasputin, at least he managed to create a very impressive and true image of this person. I will be following his creations and would like to see him more. Also, I liked a lot Djordje Kalenic (Tsesarevich Alexey), a very promising young man! Alexey Lyubimov (Tsar) and Semyon Velichko ( prince Felix Yusupov) were also fine; can't tell the same about Elena Ilinykh ( Tsarina) - she was very evidently out of this league, very amateur, to my mind, though evidently she did her best. All in all, a great experience that gives a lot to think about - also about the Russian/European history. I like the performances that make me want to know more about the subject! So - good luck, Sergei, with future plans and interesting themes for the new ballets!
  6. I saw Ryan Tomash both as Golfo in " Napoli" and last Sunday as Armand in " Kameliadamen". What a brilliant young dancer, I liked him enormously and especially as Armand he showed himself as a very good partner to our lovely Ida Praetorius ( Ida was superb this season - great Giselle, wonderful Cinderella and beautiful Marguerite, the true one! I look forward to see Ryan Tomash in other significant roles next season!
  7. I'm going - but somewhere on the previous pages in this topic I've already mentioned that. That is, some people are going (I believe, Fiona is going as well). To say the truth, the main reason of my visit to London is to see Natalia Osipova in "Romeo and Juliet" and San Francisco ballet (I miss our Ulrik Birkkjær), Polunin's show is an extra "bonus". I'm very interested in his dancing (and I'm expecting to see some dancing). Actually I have the tickets to the Grand Circle of Palladium, so it's interesting to see if I'll be relocated somewhere. The London Palladium sent me a nice mail clarifying how to get to them, etc., but without mentioning the possible relocation to Royal Circle or Stalls.
  8. Well, to say the truth, wasn't real Rasputin quite far away from being elegant? It's difficult to judge the piece out of the short recording, but I'm still looking forward to the performance in "Palladium" Saturday next week - though, well, it's also possible I'll be disappointed. So, Sergei and the team, please do your best!
  9. I myself am looking forward to see Polunin on the 1st of June. I saw him first about 10 years ago, when he still was a young boy from the ROH and Johan Cobborg brought him along with the others for Verdensballet concerts to Denmark. His willingness to dance impressed me a lot. Then I had a chance to see him in " Giselle" together with Natalia Osipova in La Scala ( I liked Natalia more than him) and later I saw both Natalia's programme where Sergei was engaged and Sergei's programme with Natalia's participation ( again, Natalia was superb everywhere but after watching Sergei's back for a long time while he was just sitting on the big ball, I became to wonder if I should ever see him again). So actually I wasn't much into him, and I don't fancy tattoos either. I didn't initially plan to buy tickets for his Palladium concerts. Why did I change my mind? Well, somehow after reading different interview and articles about him, I got more interested in watching him dance again. "Rasputin" piece was an additional plus for me to buy the ticket - I want to see how will Sergei depict the personality of this ominous figure in his dance. He seems to be very sincere about his doings. And I believe it's up to him what does he do with his body, even if he prefers to put a Putin face on it. IMHO the art is above politics.
  10. I' m so grateful to the Royal ballet and especially to Natalia Osipova and Vadim Muntagirov for a most delightful performance yesterday! Such performances are much worth of travelling a long way to witness them! To my mind it was a beautiful dancing, great partnership and perfect acting! I was also charmed by Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød, impressed by Reece Clarke and Claire Calvert and practically swept to the heaven by Fumi Kaneko and Isabella Gasparini! And what a fun it was to watch Thomas Whitehead as Gamache! All in all, a perfect performance !
  11. Unfortunately I can't go to the evening performance of Frankenstein tonight (23/3) as my cat got ill, so my sister has an extra ticket available for the person who wants to attend. It's the front row of the amphitheater, seats A47 and A48 ( but just one of them is for sale). The price of the ticket is £66,50 but it's negotiable. If there is somebody interested, please send me a personal message and I will give you the phone number of my sister. It will be necessary to meet with her before the start of the performance at the ROH to get the ticket.
  12. Sorry, the post was placed here by mistake and is moved now to the separate topic.
  13. I would love to see about anything in the ROH, but my major wish is to plan the ballets in such a way that one could watch different ballets in one weekend ( or several days). This season I was lucky enough to be able to see the triple bill and " The Nutcracker" ( plus Matthew Bourne's " Swan lake") during one long weekend and am looking forward to the end of March when I should see both " Frankenstein", " Don Quichote" and " Victoria" by NB ( but actually it could have been " Romeo and Juliet" instead of " Victoria" - only having to choose, I preferred to see "Romeo and Juliet" in June, with Osipova and Hallberg). Also, I really want to see " Victoria". That is, it would be lovely to take into consideration those of us who live far away from London and would like to enjoy the beauty and ability of RB during the few days we can manage to spend here!
  14. First of all I would like to thank somebody from the forum who suggested the visit to London precsely in these dates to see both the mixed bill and "The Nutcracker", I took this great idea and am spending a marvelous weekend here ( and looking very much forward to Matthew Bourne's "Swan lake" today). I can just say that Sara Lamb made my weekend ( I was lucky to see her in "The Nutcracker" yesterday as well). She danced beautifully as Masha on Friday ( I liked the whole ballet and would love to watch it again, though it surely seemed to be a bit gloomy to me). Thiago Soares didn't impress me much. I also liked a lot Yasmine Naghdi who created a beautiful image of a young woman, and, actually, Bennet Gartside as Kulygin. I was a bit shocked at the beginning of this ballet as the opening scene ( with a drunken servant girl) differed quite a lot from my ideas about Chekhov, but then I read in the programme that it wasn't thought as a reconstruction of the play, and, well, it certainly helped to create the atmosphere ( and all the participants of the scene acted quite well, especially the girl). " Les Patineurs " was wonderful and a pure joy to see the winter evening. Marcelino Sambe was superb and I liked everybody, I believe, including the romantic white couple... A pity one of the ensemble girls fell down, but she continued quite professionally afterwards and she probably felt more embarrassment than pain. "The Concert" was also a great piece to watch, and again - Sara Lamb in a completely new image, and she was so good! All in all, a brilliant programme!
  15. I have just once had a chance of seeing Hikaru Kobayashi dance - at the summer concert of the Verdensballet in Denmark in 2014, she was performing by the side of Federico Bonelli and I remember the wonderful solemn dance from "Tais". Good luck to her in the future and a lot of thanks for her beautiful dancing!
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