I’m not a fan of ballet. I’ve seen performances I’ve enjoyed (usually not classical ballet) but I’m not going to go out of my way to view it. So it’s exceptional that I’m offering some ballet clips below.
How’d I get there?
A NY Times article nearly convinced me that there may be visions of “The Nutcracker” ballet which may be fun rather than agonizing and boring as hell.
Over to Youtube I went…and was reminded that, no, I just don’t much care for ballet.
Then I happened upon a performance of “The Bronze Idol” that was riveting. As there were a number of videos of other soloists performing the same dance, I went through them for comparison’s sake. Though each is outstanding in his own way, there were none, to me, that approached the power of this particular dancer. And I don’t mean just physical power.
Angel Corella at Covent Garden.
Sergey Antonov with the Bolshoi.
Andrey Bolotin with the Bolshoi.
Morikhiro Ivata with the Bolshoi.
Wilfried Romoli with the Paris Opera Ballet. Wonderful staging in this one.
Now watch Ivan Vasiliev take possession of the Bolshoi stage as the Bronze Idol. Knowing nothing of ballet, I can’t deconstruct it. All I can say of it is that his precision is bolder, and his timing, the way that he works with the music, is exceptional.
After watching Ivan Vasiliev’s version about 30 times, I looked up some information on him.
He’s new. Eighteen years of age.