Mariinsky in the News

Veronika Part in Giselle
MagicDance46 posted videos of Veronika Part and Yevgeny Ivanchenko in the Mariinsky Giselle performance Friday at the Mariinsky Theatre. Below is Veronika in the classic mad scene (click Playlist at upper left). She looks great and wish we could see her in the role in the ABT New York Met season along with Swan Lake in prime time.

HT: Classic_Ballet at BalletAlert

Mariinsky in London
Luke Jennings of the Observer reviews the Mariinsky’s Romeo and Juliet. He calls Leonid Lavrovsky’s 1940 three-act version “creaky” and the “…staging of the mime have dated poorly especially when contrasted with Kenneth MacMillan’s much more naturalistic and character-driven 1965 production for the Royal Ballet.” However, the dancing made up for the production’s limitations. On Monday night Diana Vishneva “…was as an exquisitely feminine Juliet.” Her dancing is “…liquid and sensuous, a cascade of steps given ever-changing shape by her far-projected gaze and subtle épaulement.” Vladimir Shklyarov was a “blazing, boyish Romeo.” Viktoria Tereshkina, dancing opposite Xander Parish on Tuesday night “… is a grander and perhaps more tragic Juliet.” On Parish:

Four years ago, languishing in the Royal’s corps de ballet, Parish accepted an offer to join the Mariinsky, the first Briton ever to do so. Last week he returned to Covent Garden as one of the Russian company’s stars, delivering a performance that was as confident as it was elegantly shaped. An ardent Romeo, intoxicated by love, he partnered Tereshkina with an almost disbelieving tenderness. It was a fine homecoming.

The Telegraph’s Laura Thompson reviews the Mariinsky’s Swan Lake:

This particular Swan Lake has a great deal going for it. The ballet, which was first performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1895, is in the company’s soul. They currently dance the 1950 version by Konstantin Sergeyev, which – misguided happy ending, notwithstanding – is clean, pure and faithful to Petipa and Ivanov. The sets are elegant and restrained. The corps de ballet is magnificent, the troupe of swans gliding on their aquamarine lake like the very essence of ballet.

The Mariinsky will perform at the Royal Opera House until August 16. On the bill are Swan Lake, Apollo/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Firebird/Marguerite and Armand/Concerto DSCH, and Ratmansky’s Cinderella.