I found the Victor Caixeta interview very interesting. He seems like such a sweet guy who had to grow up a tremendous amount alone. They didn’t even give him Russian lessons when he arrived! And obviously a brilliant dancer. But did anyone else get a sort of propaganda feel from it? Just some of the stuff added in, like how Russia doesn’t close on Sundays, felt a bit unnecessary?
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so, entering this male dancer apreciation vibe, tell me who you think are up and coming male dancers to look out for at the Mariinsky (or anywhere you would like to talk about). What makes them promising, what makes them special? (in your opinion)
YESSSSSSS. I love this ask so much. I’m only going to answer this about Mariinsky because I have 5 there and that’s probably enough for one ask! If you want other theatres I will GLADLY do so, just ask :) My criteria for this is they have to be second soloist or lower.
1. Roman Belyakov: he can do EVERYTHING. He is a gorgeous classical dancer, he is a powerful Spartacus or Vizier in Legend of Love, a romantic Romeo, and incredible in contemporary. He treats his partners like glass and makes them look stunning. His technique is beautiful, his port de bras is so long, and his legs are to die for.
2. Victor Caixeta: SUCH PERSONALITY. He gives 100000000000% of himself every single time he steps on stage and it’s obvious. I’ve seen him perform twice and even when he wasn’t the center dancer, you couldn’t help but keep your eyes on him. He has technical issues sure, but he’s like 20/21 and has a lot of time to learn.
3. Yevgeny Konovalov: he is a very traditional Russian dancer, careful and precise with his movements with beautiful VBA technique. However, he also has great stage presence.
4. Nikita Korneyev: an incredible partner. You can tell his coach is Danila Korsuntsev because his partnering is some of the best at the theatre. He needs to work on his acting, but I think he can get it there.
5. Ramanbek Beishenaliev: He isn’t really well known/talked about but I think that’s a mistake. He graduated VBA and joined the theatre in 2014 and in my opinion it’s a shame he hasn’t been featured more. He has beautiful arms, especially hands, and a light and airy jump where he looks like he’s flying and is very musical; when dancing Bluebird he actually looks like a bird. I don’t know if I would call him up and coming because he hasn’t done principal roles, but he does get smaller soloist roles such as Lankendem, Golden Idol, and Bluebird and he is definitely wonderful to watch.