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A brief shout out for Stuttgart Ballet's WBD segment; a filmed rehearsal of Cranko's R&J that so inspired in the creation of MacMillan's version - here with the central characters being etched by the ever invigorating Friedemann Vogel and the charming Elisa Badenes, an RBS grad.  It was their first time EVER dancing the balcony PDD together and they just go for it straight off the bat.  It brought a raw freshness to the piece that I, for one, found entirely endearing.  So glad that it was able to be captured for us here ... especially with the visage of Cranko staring down upon its glory.  Magic.  

 

 

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14 hours ago, Dawnstar said:

The rehearsal of The Cellist that was shown had Cuthbertson, Ball & Sambe. I've just noticed that on the ROH's website the casting currently given is Cuthbertson/Ball/Richardson and Stix-Brunell/Sambe/Corrales. Would it be usual for dancers to rehearse together who are in different casts or is it more likely that there's been a casting re-arrange & the ROH's website has yet to be updated?

 

I think this is probably not uncommon.  Certainly I've seen insight evenings where the casting hasn't been as scheduled for performance.  This might be because a dancer is new to the role while the partner is experienced in it and doesn't need the coaching/isn't available for one reason or another.  There must be a lot of ballets being rehearsed at the moment, and Richardson, as the lowest-ranking company member cast, may have needed to be somewhere else more important as he's likely to be performing in more of them than principals.  Or it could just be that management thought "Hey, let's put 3 principals on".  Or ...

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37 minutes ago, alison said:

 

Or it could just be that management thought "Hey, let's put 3 principals on". 


As I implied,  WBD is (understandably) not an exact representation of the reality!

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22 hours ago, Springbourne3 said:

Sorry Lark maybe I didn’t make it clear - I meant that ‘Smirnova stood out’ in the class (from the expression ‘in a class of their own’),

Olga is not really in a class of her own. She certainly appeared to be much better than the others in Allash's class but that's because nobody else of her rank was there.  If you look at last year's Akimov class you can see she's really no better or worse than the other primas who were also in that class, including Obratzsova, Stepanova, Shipulina, etc. It seems as if somebody got rid of her competition this year (except for Krysanova, who is beloved). I guess that's the Bolshoi for you.

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First soloists at Bolshoi dance principal roles almost exclusively, so I consider them in the same bracket.  Unlike at RB where first soloists do principal roles occasionally and soloist roles more often.   
 

So in Akimov’s class we saw Ovcharenko, Belyakov, Tsvirko, Motta Soares and Anna Tikhimorova.  As well as others in Alkash class that I am not familiar with.   I think that’s a pretty good representation as any that performed on the previous night couldn’t be expected to be in class at 10am .... an hour earlier than usual.  
 

There obviously is a timing overlap of the normal day between Bolshoi  and RB.  The organisers of WBD need to have a rethink about timings.  My suggestion would be to show pre-recorded rehearsals ahead of classes at normal time, and then a few live rehearsals afterwards.  

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I've just caught up with the Stuttgart R&J rehearsal. It makes me want to jump on a plane to Stuttgart to see them performing it live! This is probably a daft comment but having seen MacMillan's R&J last season with all that choreography looking perfect with the music it's fascinating to then see Cranko's R&J with different choreography but again looking perfect with the music.

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What's daft about that?

It is fascinating, indeed.

 

Thanks for highlighting this segment, Bruce, really enjoyable.

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, Mary said:

What's daft about that?

It is fascinating, indeed.

 

I suppose I feel I'm stating the obvious, since choreography is supposed to go with the music.

 

I've now just watched La Scala's World Ballet Day video to find more Cranko, with Nunez & Bolle rehearsing Onegin. It makes me regret that I won't be seeing Nunez in the full role (after Mayerling I swore off seeing Hirano in dramatic leading roles).

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List put together by Sophia at Dansomanie. Thank you !

 

http://www.forum-dansomanie.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8165&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

 

Voici les liens vers les différents directs (quand je peux, je privilégie YT) :

 

Australian Ballet : https://youtu.be/ZEVZOXaY9cU

Ballet royal de Nouvelle-Zélande : https://www.facebook.com/nzballet/videos/764064237386721/

Queensland Ballet : https://www.facebook.com/QldBallet/videos/692294571280007/

Ballet national du Japon : https://www.facebook.com/nnttballet/videos/2341819135943693/

West Australian Ballet : https://www.facebook.com/waballet/videos/528987587922479/

Singapore Dance Theatre : https://www.facebook.com/singaporedancetheatre/videos/2421013714806442/

Hong-Kong Ballet : https://www.facebook.com/hongkongballet/videos/2580629115327230/

Ballet national de Corée : https://youtu.be/ULD2fc81E3U

 

Ballet du Bolchoï : https://youtu.be/EF5Nkg_MrhE

Ballet de la Scala : https://youtu.be/V9-hGDgXMu0

Ballet royal du Danemark : https://www.facebook.com/kglteater/videos/554404828667400/

Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris : https://youtu.be/mMGVMmZOJ3E

Royal Ballet : https://youtu.be/390h0Cv2gMQ

Ballet national de Norvège : https://www.facebook.com/operaen/videos/400893347245110/

Ballet royal de Suède : https://www.facebook.com/KungligaOperan/videos/1129875883883526/

Ballet de Stuttgart : https://youtu.be/rDRDhJZdOsk

Ballet national de Pologne : https://www.facebook.com/operanarodowa/videos/1177422139134267/

Ballet de Berlin : https://www.facebook.com/StaatsballettBerlin/videos/1424561067697913/

Royal Academy of Dance : https://www.facebook.com/RoyalAcademyofDance/videos/454338761724024/

Cape Town City Ballet : https://www.facebook.com/ctcityballet/videos/692774501230924/

Ballet de Vienne : https://youtu.be/xo8hNjL-WcU

Birmingham Royal Ballet : https://www.facebook.com/pg/bhamroyalballet/videos/?ref=page_internal

Ballet de Bavière : https://www.facebook.com/staatsballett/videos/404901287112834/

Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico : https://www.facebook.com/pg/BalletConciertoPR/videos/?ref=page_internal

English National Ballet : https://youtu.be/HP-d_LcOCc4

Het Nationale Ballet : https://youtu.be/woxghjkHU1w

Northern Ballet : https://www.facebook.com/northernballet/videos/930714793968154/

 

Houston Ballet : https://www.facebook.com/houstonballet/videos/958210121180919/

Scottish Ballet : https://www.facebook.com/scottishballethq/videos/vl.1245589348929594/511383835994974/?type=1

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater : https://www.facebook.com/AlvinAileyAmericanDanceTheater/videos/737289063412322/

São Paulo Companhia de Dança : https://www.facebook.com/spciadedanca/videos/398182867528956/

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal : https://www.facebook.com/lesgrandsballets/videos/1577160619093074/

Acosta Danza : https://www.facebook.com/CarlosAcostaOfficial/videos/1790755324565242/

Pacific Northwest Ballet : https://www.facebook.com/lesgrandsballets/videos/1577160619093074/

 

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Dear FionaE, the name of a former Principal and now a répétiteur at Bolshoi Ballet is Maria Allash. (Incidentally, the word you wrote means "a habitual drunkard" in Russian.😜)

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Wow...thanks Buddy...that’s my Sunday sorted out!  

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6 hours ago, Sim said:

Wow...thanks Buddy...that’s my Sunday sorted out!  

 

And a few more Sundays?

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10 hours ago, Dawnstar said:

I've just caught up with the Stuttgart R&J rehearsal. It makes me want to jump on a plane to Stuttgart to see them performing it live! This is probably a daft comment but having seen MacMillan's R&J last season with all that choreography looking perfect with the music it's fascinating to then see Cranko's R&J with different choreography but again looking perfect with the music.

 

Taiwan is the only location this season unfortunately that sees Stuttgart Ballet perform Romeo & Juliet - last night and tonight. So, while we are waiting for the piece to be back on stage in Stuttgart, pictures from last night's performance of R&J by the cast in the video for World Ballet Day https://stuttgartballet.wordpress.com/2019/10/25/taiwan-october-2019-day-3/ (go to the link for days 3 and 4 for pictures of stage rehearsals).

 

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On 26/10/2019 at 14:14, FionaE said:

First soloists at Bolshoi dance principal roles almost exclusively, so I consider them in the same bracket.  Unlike at RB where first soloists do principal roles occasionally and soloist roles more often.

 

First soloists at Bolshoi most of the time dance soloists roles, not principal ones.


 

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So in Akimov’s class we saw Ovcharenko, Belyakov, Tsvirko, Motta Soares and Anna Tikhimorova.  As well as others in Alkash class that I am not familiar with.   I think that’s a pretty good representation as any that performed on the previous night couldn’t be expected to be in class at 10am .... an hour earlier than usual.  
 

There obviously is a timing overlap of the normal day between Bolshoi  and RB.  The organisers of WBD need to have a rethink about timings.  My suggestion would be to show pre-recorded rehearsals ahead of classes at normal time, and then a few live rehearsals afterwards.

 

 

You probably have missed that but the Allash class was pre-recorded. If it wasn't, Olga Smirnova could not be shown as she had the evening performance on the WBD while, according to Shipulina, the purpose of that class was apparently to feature Smirnova without other prima ballerinas of Bolshoi, like e.g. Shipulina, present.

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8 hours ago, Duck said:

 

Taiwan is the only location this season unfortunately that sees Stuttgart Ballet perform Romeo & Juliet - last night and tonight. So, while we are waiting for the piece to be back on stage in Stuttgart, pictures from last night's performance of R&J by the cast in the video for World Ballet Day https://stuttgartballet.wordpress.com/2019/10/25/taiwan-october-2019-day-3/ (go to the link for days 3 and 4 for pictures of stage rehearsals).

 

 

I can't even afford to go to Stuttgart, let alone Taiwan! I think I'll have to get the recent DVD instead. Thanks for that link. The day 5 photos are very good, especially those showing Badenes & Vogel in the final scene.

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19 hours ago, assoluta said:

 

First soloists at Bolshoi most of the time dance soloists roles, not principal ones.


 

 

You probably have missed that but the Allash class was pre-recorded. If it wasn't, Olga Smirnova could not be shown as she had the evening performance on the WBD while, according to Shipulina, the purpose of that class was apparently to feature Smirnova without other prima ballerinas of Bolshoi, like e.g. Shipulina, present.


Thank you for confirming my thought.  I have been wondering whether the Allash class was pre-recorded as I saw Elizaveta Kokoreva in the class and I know she was in Yekaterinburg that evening to dance Don Q pdd with Leonid Sarafanov as part of Sergei Polunin’s tour.

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On 27/10/2019 at 01:57, Amelia said:

Dear FionaE, the name of a former Principal and now a répétiteur at Bolshoi Ballet is Maria Allash. (Incidentally, the word you wrote means "a habitual drunkard" in Russian.😜)

 
I am so sorry autocorrect kept changing it and I did not notice the final version. Thanks for spotting it and for the information.  #learningallthetime

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Was Olesya Novikova in Akimov’s class?  I thought I saw her?  
 

(She would classify as a first soloist that dances principal roles.  Should be a principal if not for politics.) 

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1 hour ago, FionaE said:

Was Olesya Novikova in Akimov’s class?  I thought I saw her?  
 

(She would classify as a first soloist that dances principal roles.  Should be a principal if not for politics.) 

 

She is at the Mariinsky 🙂 ! But definitely a Principal in all but title.

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11 hours ago, capybara said:

 

She is at the Mariinsky 🙂 ! But definitely a Principal in all but title.


yes sorry don’t know what I was thinking there, I did know that!  

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Just catching up on WBD, and it was great to see Kirill - the boy from the Vaganova documentary who Tsiskaridze disliked, taking part. I really hope he does well.

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Honestly, I don't know what Vaziev is thinking. Yes it is clear that he clearly wants to push Smirnova as the new Zakharova of the Bolshoi but in the process, we can't even catch a glimpse of any other principal, not in live broadcasts or on World Ballet Day.

 

I know Krysanova is going to be with David Motta Soares for Ratmansky's Giselle and Smirnova too, with Artemy Belyakov, who finally got to his well deserved rank of principal. Judging by how Vaziev is obsessed with Smirnova, the fact that she got paired with the new principal of the season and the other Giselle/Albrecht pairs are either principal/soloist or both young, inexperienced soloists, it seems Smirnova/Belyakov would be chosen for the broadcast/premiere. It's well known that Krysanova has always been Ratmansky's few Bolshoi favourites though, she was cast in his Cinderella and R&J and they worked closely together more than a decade ago when he was still AD. So it's really going to be a 50/50 chance. Personally, I think Krysanova/Ovcharenko or Krysanova/Belyakov would be the perfect Giselle/Albrecht. She is still underestimated for her versatility and artistic talents to this day and I think she has proved herself enough over the years. I saw Ovcharenko's and her Giselle and it was incomparable, and that's coming from someone who has seen Zakharova, Obraztsova, Cojocaru and Lunkina. Belyakov would also be an interesting Albrecht and he has wonderful chemistry with Krysanova in R&J so that would have been nice.

 

Back to Smirnova, I agree that she's a deserving principal technique-wise but I just do not see any expression or artistry in her performance at all! All I see is that empty, blank wide-eyed face that she always makes, no offense. Giselle is a romantic ballet with a tragic story full of dramaturgy. The character is full of life and vigour, and the mad scene is best executed by actresses who know how to die on stage as humans, not dolls who merely follow choreography stiffly. Smirnova is no Giselle! She is at best a Nikiya that could get away with expressionlessness in some interpretations, and for me, she is best suited for plotless ballets like Diamonds in Balanchine's Jewels. The Bolshoi tradition and spirit are nowhere to be find in most of the dancers Vaziev is promoting and grooming. Shrainer and Sevenard are both considered to be soubrettes to Vaziev, but in the technical aspect or experience they are nowhere near ready to shoulder the responsibilities of the Bolshoi. Yes, they are still quite young but back in the days of Kaptsova, Alexandrova, Shipulina and Krysanova, they were all golden soloists of the Bolshoi who have paid their dues through years of hard work and being in the background. They were no principals a decade ago but everyone knew that they were well on the path of achieving that title. The same cannot be said for Shrainer and Sevenard, unfortunately.

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Honestly, I don't know what Vaziev is thinking. Yes it is clear that he clearly wants to push Smirnova as the new Zakharova of the Bolshoi but in the process, we can't even catch a glimpse of any other principal, not in live broadcasts or on World Ballet Day.

 

If it is not, in fact, Vaziev who "wants", then everything else is also going to look different in your reasoning. Bolshoi used to be a jungle and we are, I am afraid, once again close to where we were before.

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On 09/11/2019 at 11:13, assoluta said:

 

If it is not, in fact, Vaziev who "wants", then everything else is also going to look different in your reasoning. Bolshoi used to be a jungle and we are, I am afraid, once again close to where we were before.

 

Very disappointing to hear this although not entirely surprising given the many different and competing political and artistic pressures brought to bear on the company.

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On 07/11/2019 at 14:47, clare stark said:

it seems Smirnova/Belyakov would be chosen for the broadcast/premiere.

 

Smirnova wasn't "chosen", she will be the first cast (was there ever any doubt about it?).

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