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Oct 282013
 
Tsiskaridze and Lopatkina Tsiskaridze is Principal and Lopatkina the new Artistic Director of the Vaganova Academy

Tsis­karidze and Lopatkina

Nikolay Tsis­karidze has been appoin­ted Prin­cipal of the Vag­an­ova Bal­let Academy, and Uly­ana Lopatk­ina will be its new Artistic Director.

Cul­ture Min­is­ter Vladi­mir Med­in­sky told Izves­tia:

Tsis­karidze is pre­par­ing thor­oughly to take up this post, bring­ing with him a wealth of teach­ing exper­i­ence, and his train­ing in the legal pro­fes­sion. Lopatk­ina is now at the height of her career, and it is import­ant for the Academy to have this pro­fes­sional exper­i­ence. The aim of the Academy is to be the undis­puted world leader in the field of bal­let education.

Tsis­karidze said the dis­cus­sions for him assum­ing the role star­ted a year ago, and have been final­ised over the last few weeks. Lopatk­ina said that she is not think­ing of retir­ing from the Mari­in­sky Theatre:

The Academy needs my exper­i­ence as a work­ing ballerina.

The cur­rent Prin­cipal Vera Doro­feeva, who has dir­ec­ted the Vag­an­ova Academy since 2004, will be offered a new job, said Med­in­sky. There have been con­flicts recently between her and Mari­in­sky Musical Dir­ector Valery Ger­giev, who has repeatedly stated  his dis­sat­is­fac­tion with  the qual­ity of the train­ing. Ger­giev is delighted at the announcement:

A mas­terly per­son­nel decision! Such a couple are cap­able of resolv­ing the most com­plex and ambi­tious task! Nikolay has already proved that he can nur­ture world-class artists. It’s won­der­ful that Uly­ana will not give up the stage to be the new artistic dir­ector — she is the idol of every student.

The future of Altynai Asylmur­atova, who is at present the Artistic Dir­ector of the Academy, is uncer­tain, and the Min­is­ter indic­ated that it was for Tsis­karidze to decide.

The Academy of Rus­sian Bal­let Vag­an­ova, foun­ded in 1738, is one of the old­est bal­let school in the world. Among its gradu­ates are Vaslav Nij­in­sky, George Bal­anchine, Mikhail Bary­sh­nikov, Rudolf Nureyev, Nat­alia Makarova, and many, many more. Its future is now in the hands of two 40-year-old bal­let stars, and while Tsis­karidze is often accused of being tem­pera­mental, no-one can accuse him of not being intelligent.

Bolshoi chief Vladi­mir Urin, who recently offered Tsis­karidze the oppor­tun­ity to dance farewell per­form­ances at the theatre, which later the Bolshoi star declined, said:

They are both highly qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­als, and know bal­let intim­ately. They will have to now learn a new pro­fes­sion as lead­ers and teach­ers. I wish them good luck, and the patience and wis­dom needed to dir­ect such an import­ant insti­tu­tion as the Vag­an­ova Academy. They face a huge bur­den of respons­ib­il­ity, as their tasks will include not only organ­iz­a­tional and edu­ca­tional issues, but also moral edu­ca­tion, and cre­at­ing har­mony among diverse personalities.

  One Response to “Tsiskaridze is Principal and Lopatkina the new Artistic Director of the Vaganova Academy”

  1. The artistic aes­thet­ics of the Bolshoi Bal­let is totally dif­fer­ent from that of the Kirov Bal­let. They are both tech­nic­ally strong but the Boshoi is very ath­letic while the Kirov’s is focus on body lines and grace­ful move­ments. Two dif­fer­ent styles. Both Ms. Lopatk­ina and Mr.Tsiskaridze may be highly qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­als but bad mix. Why would you want both schools to look the same? Or, for that mat­ter both companies.

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