Good news for figure skating fans. Evgenia Medvedeva is back on track with her trainings (she already can do 3S and 3lo — her money jumps). Btw, her new dress is gorgeous (as usual). I don't mind if she use it in her competitive program (not only in ice shows).
>That we sometimes don't read others' post attentively) quoted1
Actually you are right. I am sometimes not very attentive and misunderstand other people's posts. The reason for it is cause when I am on the forum — I am just too knackered (slang for tired) — or thinking of what happened at work, etc, I still get texts and emails from work colleagues after work and it can be quite stressful. Other times get distracted by kids, etc. Truth be known — the forum is nice and became a habit on the one hand, on the other — most of the time I genuinely don't have time to hang around here and have a proper discussion — like others here can. I just don't understand where they get so much time from. Maybe they have very quiet jobs — who knows.
Now looked back — I completely misunderstood your post re «ballet — cinema». I thought you were suggesting that the Bolshoi theatre has to dance in cinemas here as there are no proper facilities. Now I got what you meant — you were actually asking if we have films with Bolshoi ballet here. I don't know — I prefer to watch ballet live — it is a totally different experience from watching it on screen or Youtube. I watch a lot of short videos of ballet — but with my daughter when I help her practice towards exams. Otherwise — it is not worth it, it is just not a proper experience — watching ballet on screen and not live.
> Good news for figure skating fans. Evgenia Medvedeva is back on track with her trainings (she already can do 3S and 3lo — her money jumps). Btw, her new dress is gorgeous (as usual). I don't mind if she use it in her competitive program (not only in ice shows). quoted1
> I disagree with them, you totally disagree with me. Huh? quoted1
If you agreed with me, you wouldn't have been promoting putinism and totalitarian set up so heavily on this forum. Well, you used to. And you belonged to the group which has the reputation of ORDLO of this forum. So what now — did you change your mind or something?
>> Classical Ballet, Romantic Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Neo Classical Ballet, Cecchetti method (this is what my daughter is doing — Cecchetti Classical Ballet — it's French school although the founder of the school — Enrico Cecchetti was Italian you see, French method, Vaganova method (they use some of it in our school as well, our Head of school is a great fan of Russian ballet cause she was lucky to attend a junior ballet school by the French National ballet which was headed by Nuryev at the time, took part in his production of Romeo and Juliet but she admits he didn't rate her high as he thought her physique was not up to scratch — honestly, she told me that herself), Bournonville method and so on. >> quoted2
>I bet you like classical ballet most of all? Or you have several favorite types of ballet? quoted1
I love all of it to be honest. And also — these days Classical ballet is not enough for a professional ballet dancer. Most ballet dancers master all of those types of ballet. Contemporary is a necessity these days. In my daughter's ballet school they have contemporary as well, also modern dance - rap, hip hop even. One has to be what we call «an all-arounder». Because it is art you see, ballet is the ultimate art of interpreting music into physical movement. That's what it is about — in a nutshell.
Ukraine had a 2% GDP growth last year, Russia — 1.5%. Maybe they are turning round the corner — who knows, I hope so. All post Soviet space has the same problems — corruption, no rule of law, etc. So there is no point to put down and mock Ukrainians over something that Russia has in abundance herself — like corruption for instance.
I am re posting, as don't want to overload you with zillions of names which won't make any sense to you. Just a few to start off with — re Russians.
An incredibly elegant discipline, traditional Russian ballet is not only beautiful to behold but exceptionally challenging to master, taking jaw-dropping strength, agility and grace. St Petersburg is the country’s capital of ballet, home to many of the 21st century’s most celebrated ballerinas. From Ulyana Lopatkina and Alina Somova at Mariinsky Theatre to Irina Kolesnikova at St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, we take a look at the city’s most talented Russian ballet dancers, and where to watch them in 2018.
Ulyana Lopatkina Ulyana Lopatkina is widely considered one of the greatest Russian ballet dancers of the 21st century. The breathtakingly talented Kerch-born dancer developed her skills at St Petersburg’s premier ballet school, Vaganova Ballet Academy, which has trained many of the greatest dancers of all time, including Anna Pavlova and Galina Ulanova. After graduating, Lopatkina joined Mariinsky Ballet, where she made one of the most impressive debuts in Russian history as Odette and Odile in Swan Lake. She went on to dazzle the world with her incredible technique, perfect shapes and instinctive style. Her enviable repertoire of classic and dramatic roles has won her many accolades, from the ‘People's Artist of Russia' to the ‘Prize of Russia'. Visitors can watch Lopatkina perform with the Mariinsky Ballet, where she’s one of the top prima ballerinas.
Alina Somova Another graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy is Alina Somova, a St Petersburg-born ballerina whose style is so eye-catching it was once deemed controversial. Since 2008, Somova has held the prestigious title of principal dancer at the Mariinksy Ballet, the highest rank within a ballet company. She’s played leading roles in many ballets both at home and abroad, gracing the stages of the world’s greatest theatres. In 2013, Somova was awarded the highly-coveted ‘Golden Mask' for her portrayal of the Tsar Maiden in The Little Humpbacked Horse, and praised for her incredible flexibility, which sees her over-extending even vertical moves.
Irina Kolesnikova St Petersburg has a reputation for giving birth to world-class ballerinas, as demonstrated by the sheer number of stars who’ve come from the city. One local name worth looking out for is Irina Kolesnikova, who’s been creating waves on the international ballet scene since her debut. At the young age of 21, she was named Prima Ballerina of the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, where she’d been dancing as a soloist after graduating from the Vaganova Ballet Academy. She’s played leads in a wide range of classic and romantic ballets, such as Clara in Nutcracker, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty and Odette and Odile in Swan Lake — a life-changing role that cemented her reputation as one of Russia’s greatest modern-day ballerinas. Kolesnikova continues to dance at home in St Petersburg and around the world — if she’s in town, watching her dance is an unmissable experience.
Diana Vishneva Ever since she started dancing at the age of six, it was clear Diana Vishneva was going to be special. Born, raised and trained in St Petersburg (at Vaganova Ballet Academy and the Academy of Russian Ballet), Vishneva has long impressed with her emotive style. While just a girl, she claimed her first prize at the city’s International Young Ballet Dancers' Competition, winning both the Gold and the Grand Prix — an unheard of feat that has yet to be repeated. Now a leading Russian star dancing with both the Mariinsky Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre, she continues to rake in the awards, including the ‘People's Artist of Russia', the highest award for outstanding performing artists in the country. Vishneva performs at prestigious ballet theatres around the world and, if you’re lucky, you may catch her back at her original training ground, Mariinksy Theatre.
> I love all of it to be honest. And also — these days Classical ballet is not enough for a professional ballet dancer. Most ballet dancers master all of those types of ballet. Contemporary is a necessity these days. In my daughter's ballet school they have contemporary as well, also modern dance — rap, hip hop even. One has to be what we call «an all-arounder». Because it is art you see, ballet is the ultimate art of interpreting music into physical movement. That's what it is about — in a nutshell. quoted1
P. S. What makes the greatest? The ones who develop their own style. In a nutshell. Interpreting the music in the most beautiful way. For that to happen — they have to have not just the physique, but much more — deep understanding of music, how it is composed, what it means to say, etc. This is where sport is different — like figure skating for instance. And also — in sport they get choreographed and more or less told what to do — in ballet it is different, the most talented ones know what to do themselves you see, they just feel it. It is art.
> If you agreed with me, you wouldn't have been promoting putinism and totalitarian set up so heavily on this forum. Well, you used to. And you belonged to the group which has the reputation of ORDLO of this forum. So what now — did you change your mind or something? quoted1
No one likes when his rights are taken away (me too). But some people feel more safe when their right to protest is restricted. I understand their logic, but it doesn't automatically means I agree with them. I think no one in pro-Russian groups on this forum can say that he likes absolutely everything about our officials. There are a lot of things we criticize. So, my group is ok with my views.
And I can't agree that I promote totalitarian setup. First of all — Russia isn't a totalitarian state, don't believe your blunt propaganda. Second — some of jokes I post aren't pro-Putin at all (quite the opposite).