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Promotion for Vadim Muntagirov at English National Ballet


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This evening’s first night Nutcracker at the London Coliseum was very well received by the audience, Daria and Vadim were absolutely radiant, and at the curtain call, Tamara Rojo appeared on stage to announce the Vadim’s promotion to the highest rank in the company for a dancer, “lead principal”.

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There's a nice piece about Vadim's promotion on the Ballet News website. I hope that Vadim doesn't go the same way as Sergei Polunin. I do feel that one of the problems for dancers like Vadim and SP, who are singled out as teenagers, is that they miss out on the cameraderie of the corps and possibly become a bit isolated within the company. Given the nature of the training and the job, I imagine that most dancers have few friends outside the dance world. Dancers who have come from abroad have no old friends from home or school who they can fall back on (or, rather, those friends are not easily available to them, although social media does help).

Very young dancers are probably not going to socialise much with older principals who are more mature and may be married with families. They are therefore at risk of loneliness in what is already a very tough world.

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I had exactly the same thought last night, aileen. Even though Sergei and Vadim were described last night on Twitter as "different as opera and rap" (in personality, I presume), they are both young men who trained away from home in what could have been a harsh and highly disciplined environment, and the worry for me is whether Senior/Lead Principal at 22 could be too much, too young? Could there be another Sergei type rebellion?

 

I know it worked for Darcey, but in some personalities, there could always be the chance of waking up and thinking "Well what next? What is there to aim for?"

 

Still, Vadim seems a steady young man, who radiates real joy when dancing with Daria. Hopefully he will continue to be so happy in his work, and enjoy his new rank for many years to come. Hopefully I am worrying needlessly. :-)

 

What I would observe is that ENB seems to be quite a social company where the dancers make real and lasting friendships, so perhaps Vadim does get to mix with the other dancers, regardless of rank?

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ENB does seem to be quite a sociable company, perhaps as a result of all the touring it does; the dancers really spend a lot of time together. Tamara herself has said that the touring makes the company more close-knit. The more restricted repertoire at ENB has probably benefitted Vadim, at least up to now, in that he has been able to get really comfortable in his roles, which will have given him a lot of confidence. He has also had the benefit of a regular and very supportive partner in Daria. The challenge for Tamara will be keeping him once Daria hangs up her pointe shoes. It's been so lovely to see this mutually beneficial partnership thrive.

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It strikes me that there may be many users of this site who have not yet seen Vadim dance. I urge you to remedy that situation and book for one of the following ENB performances at the Coliseum:

 

Tonight: Nutcracker with Daria

26th Dec matinee: Nutcracker with Daria

28th Dec: Nutcracker with Daria

5th Jan: Nutcracker with Daria

 

9th Jan: Beauty with Tamara

13th Jan matinee: Beauty with Tamara

19th Jan: Beauty with Tamara

 

You will not be disappointed. Vadim is in demand all over the world now. Catch him and treasure him while you can.

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Aileen: I think your point about touring binding a company together has much to be said for it. I've been with my wife on a number of occasions with colleagues in the RB Touring Company from the late 50s/early 60s and, to watch and listen to them, the 50 year gap since they were together simply melts away. (Just as it does in my case with colleagues from my early RAF squadrons of a similar era, I might add.) It was clearly a powerful experience and I'd imagine, and hope, that today's ENB dancers feel the same.

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Vadim's on-stage promotion is now on Youtube (thanks to Balletfriends on Twitter). You can see what a modest young man he is: Daria has to push him forward to accept the applause for his promotion and he acknowledges the whole company. (Btw, Tamara really rocks the killer heels).

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Yes - it clearly was inevitable with his talents and charisma.

 

And he and Daria worked their magic again this afternoon to a fresh and appreciative Boxing Day audience - no less amazing because the house was pretty full despite the serious disruption of public transport and the two Principals appeared as fresh and energetic as daisies despite having flown to Cape Town and back to guest with the company there within the past week!! Simply magical

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Ah, but there's no jetlag London > South Africa and back, is there?

 

It always amazes me that anyone takes the risk of booking the theatre in London on Boxing Day - do they all drive up there, or something? There are rarely any trains, and if the Tube strike did go ahead ... (sorry, I'm a bit out of touch at the moment)

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