Tag Archive: Even Capitaine

TV Talent Scouts

“Ազգային պարեր” (National Dances), Shant TV, Armenia
“Большой Балет” (Bolshoi Ballet), Rossiya-Kultura TV, Russia
May 2024

by Ilona Landgraf
Copyright © 2024 by Ilona Landgraf

1. S.Matevosyan (host), A.Haxverdyan, L.Hakobyan, M.Mkhitaryan, G.Karapetyan (jury), A.Julhakyan (jury), A.Davtyan (Shant TV), H.Ghukasyan (director and producer), S.Mikayelyan (jury), T.Mnoyan (jury), A.Khangeldyan, S.Margaryan, M.Babayan, S.Barseghyan (host); “Ազգային պարեր” (National Dances), Shant TV, Armenia © Shant TVWhile German TV programs rarely promote the art of dance, dance is part and parcel of media abroad. The sequels of two dance competitions—Ազգային պարեր (Azgayin Parer/National Dances) on Shant TV, Armenia, and Большой Балет (Bolshoi Ballet) on Rossiya-Kultura TV, Russia—were broadcast recently. Both competitions are textbook examples of how to foster talent while simultaneously nourishing and cherishing dance culture.

Folk dance is a pillar of Armenia’s culture, and the Armenian State Barekamutyun Dance Ensemble has presented it professionally since 1987. Its founder and artistic adviser, Norayr Mehrabyan, is the father of Arsen Mehrabyan, who made his career on Western ballet stages. Shant TV’s first run of a folk dance competition reinforces the status of national dance.

3. G.Karapetyan (jury), A.Davtyan (Shant TV), and H.Ghukasyan (director and producer); “Ազգային պարեր” (National Dances), Shant TV, Armenia © Shant TV2. Finalists of the competition: A.Haxverdyan, M.Mkhitaryan, A.Khangeldyan, L.Hakobyan, M.Babayan, S.Margaryan; hosts, S.Barseghyan and S.Matevosyan; “Ազգային պարեր” (National Dances), Shant TV, Armenia © Shant TVAnna Davtyan, when describing the project on Shant TV, explained that the show was a compilation of ten broadcasts featuring Armenian folk dance and modern dances. It was produced and directed by Hrach Ghukasyan. Twenty young Armenian dancers participated in the open competition; ten of them men and ten women.
A jury of four along with intermittent guest jurors assessed their performances. Gagik Karapetyan (principal dancer and artistic director of the Armenian State Dance Ensemble), Arman Julhakyan (dancer, choreographer, and ballet master), Tigran Mnoyan (dancer and artistic director of Prof Art Dance Studio Yerevan), and Susan Mikayelyan (dancer, choreographer, ballet master, and the mother of the Bavarian State Ballet’s former principal, Tigran Mikayelyan) were permanent jurors.
 4. L.Hakobyan and S.Margaryan, “Ազգային պարեր” (National Dances), Shant TV, Armenia © Shant TV 5. Participants and staff, “Ազգային պարեր” (National Dances), Shant TV, Armenia © Shant TV They preselected six finalists from which the viewers chose Lida Hakobyan from Artik, a town around sixty-five miles northwest of Yerevan, and Shavarsh Margaryan from Yerevan as the winners. The project was so successful that a second run is already in the works.

Bolshoi Ballet on Rossiya-Kultura TV is already in its fifth run. The last series of seven broadcasts closed with a gala on April 20th. Sixteen young dancers from Russia along with Cuban, Kirghiz, and Uzbek companies participated, performing solos and pas de deux. Each sequence featured another topic, such as Classical & Soviet Repertory or Choreography of the 20th and 21st Centuries. One edition comprised choreography created exclusively for the competition (among others by Nacho Duato).
7. K.Shamakeev, “Don Quixote” by M.Petipa and A.Gorsky, Chelyabinsk Opera and Ballet Theater © Chelyabinsk Opera and Ballet Theater6. K.Shamakeev, “Diana and Actaeon Pas de Deux” by A.Vaganova, “Большой Балет” (Bolshoi Ballet) on Rossiya-Kultura TV © Chelyabinsk Opera and Ballet Theater Svetlana Zakharova, principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, and Igor Kolb, principal dancer of the Mariinsky Ballet, presented the broadcasts. The jury of four comprised Oleg Vinogradov (former dancer, choreographer, and ballet director), Maria Alexandrova (former principal of the Bolshoi Ballet), Gabriela Komleva (former dancer, coach, and repetiteur), and Farukh Ruzimatov (former dancer and artistic director). Each contestant received feedback from the jurors right after his or her performance. The quality of the performances varied but was often outstanding.

8. K.Ismagilova during a performance, Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Musical Theater © K.Ismagilova9. K.Ismagilova and S.Dangyt, “The Nutcracker” by YPossokhov, Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Musical Theater © K.ZhitkovaThe prize for the best duet was awarded to Maria Ilyushkina and Even Capitaine from the Mariinsky Theatre. Kamilla Ismagilova from the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Musical Theater received the prize for the best female dancer; the best male dancer was Kubanych Shamakeev from the Chelyabinsk Opera and Ballet Theater. The Bolshoi Ballet’s Daniil Potaptsev was declared Discovery of the Year. The prize for acting talent was awarded to Nikita Ksenofontov from the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre (NOVAT). Ksenofontov also received the Soul Fulfilled Flight prize, which was established by the general media partner of the season: TASS.

12. D.Potaptsev and ensemble, “Coppélia” by M.Petipa and E.Cecchetti, Bolshoi Ballet 2024 © Bolshoi Ballet/D.Yusupov11. D.Potaptsev and ensemble, “Giselle” by Y.Grigorovich, Bolshoi Ballet 2024 © Bolshoi Ballet/D.Yusupov  10. D.Potaptsev and E.Kokoreva, “Jewels” by G.Balanchine, Bolshoi Ballet 2024 © Bolshoi Ballet/D.YusupovThe final gala included a group performance by all contestants as well as performances by previous participants and guests, among them Anna Tikhomirova and Artem Ovcharenko (Bolshoi Ballet), Maria Alexandrova and Vladislav Lantratov (Bolshoi Ballet), Amanda Gomez and Wagner Carvalho (Tartar State Academic Opera and Ballet), and Yulia Lukyanenko and Nikita Tchetverikov (Mikhailovsky Theatre). All episodes of the recent run can be rewatched on smotrim.ru.13. N.Ksenofonotov (Modest Alexeyevich) and ensemble), "Anyuta" by V.Vasiliev, Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre © Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre

Link:
“Ազգային պարեր” (National Dances), Shant TV, Armenia
Photos: 1. Sona Matevosyan (host), Arpi Haxverdyan, Lida Hakobyan, Mari Mkhitaryan, Gagik Karapetyan (jury), Arman Julhakyan (jury), Anna Davtyan (Shant TV), Hrach Ghukasyan (director and producer), Susan Mikayelyan (jury), Tigran Mnoyan (jury), Armen Khangeldyan, Shavarsh Margaryan, Makich Babayan, Senik Barseghyan (host); “Ազգային պարեր” (National Dances), Shant TV, Armenia © Shant TV
2. Finalists of the competition: Arpi Haxverdyan, Maria Mkhitaryan, Armen Khangeldyan, Lida Hakobyan Makich Babayan, Shavarsh Margaryan; hosts, Senik Barseghyan and Sona Matevosyan; “Ազգային պարեր” (National Dances), Shant TV, Armenia © Shant TV
3. Gagik Karapetyan (jury), Anna Davtyan (Shant TV), and Hrach Ghukasyan (director and producer); “Ազգային պարեր” (National Dances), Shant TV, Armenia © Shant TV
4. Lida Hakobyan and Shavarsh Margaryan, “Ազգային պարեր” (National Dances), Shant TV, Armenia © Shant TV
5. Participants and staff, “Ազգային պարեր” (National Dances), Shant TV, Armenia © Shant TV
6. Kubanych Shamakeev, “Diana and Actaeon Pas de Deux” by Agrippina Vaganova, “Большой Балет” (Bolshoi Ballet) on Rossiya-Kultura TV © Chelyabinsk Opera and Ballet Theater
7. Kubanych Shamakeev, “Don Quixote” by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky, Chelyabinsk Opera and Ballet Theater © Chelyabinsk Opera and Ballet Theater
8. Kamilla Ismagilova during a performance, Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Musical Theater © Kamilla Ismagilova
9. Kamilla Ismagilova and Subedey Dangyt, “The Nutcracker” by Yuri Possokhov, Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Musical Theater © Karina Zhitkova
10. Daniil Potaptsev and Elizaveta Kokoreva, “Jewels” by George Balanchine, Bolshoi Ballet 2024 © Bolshoi Ballet/Damir Yusupov
11. Daniil Potaptsev and ensemble, “Giselle” by Yuri Grigorovich, Bolshoi Ballet 2024 © Bolshoi Ballet/Damir Yusupov
12. Daniil Potaptsev and ensemble, “Coppélia” by Marius Petipa and Enrico Cecchetti, Bolshoi Ballet 2024 © Bolshoi Ballet/Damir Yusupov
13. Nikita Ksenofonotov (Modest Alexeyevich) and ensemble), “Anyuta” by Vladimir Vasiliev, Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre © Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre
Editing: Kayla Kauffman

XVIII Russian Open Ballet Competition Arabesque – 2024 named after Ekaterina Maximova

“Gala Concert”
Perm State Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre
Perm, Russia
April 17, 2024 (live stream)

by Ilona Landgraf
Copyright © 2024 by Ilona Landgraf

1. Ensemble, Gala Concert of the Ballet Competition Arabesque 2024 © A.Chuntomov “Perm is remarkable in that it’s Ballet Lovers’ Society initiated the first Russian ballet competition,” stated Russia’s dance icon, Vladimir Vasiliev. Though it was mainly an event for young Russian dancers at its inauguration in 1988, four years later, the biannual Arabesque Competition welcomed participants from the U.S.A. and Japan. In 1996, the same Ballet Lovers’ Society coaxed Vasiliev and his wife, Ekaterina Maximova (1939-2009)—Russia’s most prestigious ballet couple—to lead the jury. (Notably, Arabesque has a two-tier jury consisting of renowned dancers and ballet and theater critics.) In addition, Vasiliev became its artistic director. This year’s run is dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the birth of Maximova.

At the opening gala concert, director, Elena Zavershinskaya, recalled how Arabesque has grown: “Over the years, the spectrum of prizes increased thanks to generous donations and so did the amount of countries that participated. We used to have dancers from 8-9 countries and were quite happy with that. Seventy applicants were a big figure; eighty were many. Once we had one-hundred applicants and were so excited! Now, however, young talents from nineteen countries participate, among them dancers from twenty-three regions of Russia. This year we received a record-high of 266 applications!” (more…)