Tamara Rojo is at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as one of the judges for this year's Benois de la danse, the ballet Oscars. Maria Sidelnikova from Kommersant took the opportunity to talk to her.She asked Rojo why she'd left the Royal Ballet. I've reached a point in my career, when I think it is important for me to express my own opinions. Of course, I respect the views of … [Read more...] about Interview with Tamara Rojo
Ex-Bolshoi dancer Anastasia Volochkova and current Bolshoi star and stirrer Nikolai Tsiskaridze have been on Russian television to add even more mud to an already murky pond.The Bolshoi's general manager, Anatoly Iksanov, has said that Volochkova's claims that the company pimped out its ballerinas to rich patrons was "nonsense and dirt".According to Bloomberg, … [Read more...] about Mud will be slung tonight: Tsiskaridze and Volochkova expose prostitution at the Bolshoi
After undergoing several operations on both eyes, Boshoi Ballet director Sergei Filin yesterday faced a press conference in Germany where he is receiving specialised treatment. I have plenty of strength and I have the confidence and desire to get back what was wrongly taken from me. I will do everything, and the doctors who work with me, they will do everything possible too, … [Read more...] about Bolshoi’s Sergei Filin: I would like to work again just as I did before. Without fear, without anxiety.
Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko, who has admitted organising the attack on director Sergei Filin in January, has said that one of his principal motives was that his partner Anzhelina Vorontsova was being passed over for the top roles. According to an inside source at the Bolshoi, we've heard that Vorontsova had been romantically involved with Felin in the past.The Times … [Read more...] about Acid attacker’s partner was ex-girlfriend of Bolshoi director Sergei Filin?
This was an inspired performance of Nikiya from Svetlana Zakharova. There are many videos of her in what is arguably her best role, but this is certainly one her finest performances. A magical evening in February of 2008.With her are Maria Allash as Gamzatti and Nikolai Tsiskaridze as Solor, both in splendid form. The Bronze Idol is danced by Morikhiro Ivata, and it would … [Read more...] about New YouTube videos: a starry Bayadère with Zakharova, Allash, Tsiskaridze, Ivata, Krysanova, Osipova and Nikulina from 2008
Vladimir Vasiliev in magnificent form in this extraordinary document of a fragment of a Kasyan Goleizovsky's ballet "Leili & Madjnun" which was choreographed for the Bolshoi in 1960.Kasyan Goleizovsky (1892–1970) Russian dancer and choreographer. Leader of the experimental movement in Moscow in the 1920s.Sergei Balasanyan (1902-1982) … [Read more...] about Vladimir Vasiliev is extraordinary in a 1960’s video of Goleizovsky’s ballet Leili & Madjnun
Tickets for the Nutcracker are proving hard to get:“They go in, buy a ticket and then go back into line just in front of their friends and go back in again. And we’re just left standing here,” said Elena Zabelina who then called the police. “Two of them came and they said they couldn’t handle it, then five, then they sent for more reinforcements.”The tougher looking … [Read more...] about Battle for the ballet at the Bolshoi: “I keep an eye on my people. Understand?” says ‘fan’
What an extraordinarily unresponsive crowd to greet the opening of the newly restored Bolshoi Theatre. Ten seconds of timid clapping and then the television director honed in on bored faces, while bangs and scrapes came from the unlit stage during the scene changes.The whole approach, from lighting to graphics, was rather like that of a child discovering a room full of … [Read more...] about Bored at the Bolshoi?
Stars from the Hamburg Ballet are heading to Moscow for a Kremlin Gala show on September 17 and 18. Soloists will perform various pieces by John Neumeier, the artistic director of the Hamburg Ballet, who will be the special guest at the gala .Two leading soloists of the German troupe, Héléne Bouchet and Thiago Bordin, will dance the “Adagietto” from Gustav Mahler’s Fifth … [Read more...] about Grand Gala at the Kremlin with stars from Hamburg, Stuttgart, Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Mikhailovsky and Béjart companies
23 countries shared the experience of this broadcast in high-definition from the Bolshoi with 460 cinemas around the globe participating. Imagine the pressure that the dancers of this Don Quixote were under. How they rose to the occasion.Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev added in more difficulties than we saw at the New Stage in Moscow last year (and maybe than in … [Read more...] about Osipova and Vasiliev shine in the live relay of Don Quixote from Moscow