I know you mentioned VBA overexposed Elya, but it seems that an absurd amount of people are angry at her? She was superior both technically and artistically at the time of graduation, but do people not realize that or what? Judging from some of those asks on your page, people make it seem like she didn’t deserve to be the star people and stole the limelight from her peers.
The backlash against Elya was predictable and, honestly, VBA and Tsiskaridze (especially Tsiskaridze) should’ve seen it coming from a mile away. I’m sure they meant well, but their actions ended up causing a lot of damage. Ballet is an aggressively competitive field and, unfortunately, jealousy, bitterness and anger come with the territory. Any extraordinarily gifted dancer is bound to attract all sorts of attention, not all of it positive, and there are ways to manage their transition to stardom with as little drama as possible. Ekaterina Maximova gained a lot of attention in her final year at BBA, and her teacher dealt with it by telling the press, in no uncertain terms, to piss off. Her aim was to graduate and deliver her star student to the Bolshoi peacefully and quietly.
In Elya’s case, it no longer matters how gifted she is because the PR campaign (for lack of a better word) has overshadowed that for a lot of people. VBA and Tsiskaridze had the best of intentions. I do not doubt that for a second. But they didn’t just poke the proverbial bear (the already jealous and unhappy masses) with a stick, they shoved a firecracker up its ass. God bless Nikolai, but subtlety has never been his strongest suit.
On that note, I wonder whether Professor Kovaleva made a conscious decision to hold Khoreva back a bit. Remember how we barely saw her until maybe six months ago and were all wondering why that was? I think the answer is not only that the class of 2018 had a lot of talented students they could and did show off, but that Professor Kovaleva (who gave us Diana Vishneva and Olga Smirnova) knows how to launch a career with as little drama as possible.
Hi Melmoth, who was the student with the amazing fouettes on the last video you uploaded?
I’m pretty sure that’s Maria Bulanova.
When exams happen at the Vaganova, does like one person evaluate each dancer? If not, how are they suppose to look at everyone dancing at once?
The exams are graded by a special committee of (I think) 4 to 6 people. I believe it’s a mix of VBA professors and industry professionals. These people spend their entire professional lives watching and evaluating groups of dancers. They can follow many things at once.
It seems like exams are awfully early. Is that typical? When do the theaters make their offers to students?
The exams are a little early this year; I’d say one or two weeks earlier than last year. The offers are usually made around the time of the exams.
Do VBA professors have to have graduated from the school itself?
I imagine that any coach / teacher who wishes to work at VBA must, at the very least, complete a training course at the academy, since they must become familiar with the Vaganova method before they can teach it. Most teachers I can think of had not only graduated from VBA as dancers, they had also danced with the Mariinsky, before returning to their alma mater to requalify as ballet teachers.
The only notable exception to this rule is Tsiskaridze, who doesn’t have any formal Vaganova training. He does, however, have an encyclopedic knowledge of Russian ballet (including the Vaganova method) and was trained as a ballet coach by Marina Semyonova – Vaganova’s favourite students.
Hi Melmont, i wonder if you have the link of the complete video of the gift that you upload where he is correcting a student of his posture, sorry for my english, greetings from 🇨🇱 chile ! 😊
You can see the whole video here.
Not really an ask but I just wanted to say the pictures of the graduating class doing their character exam makes me so emotional. Especially the ones where they are wearing the long sleeved black leotards because it just makes them look so mature and it’s such a throwback. I feel like khoreva was super tiny just a few days ago.
I know. It’s kind of scary how quickly time flies…
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