Anonymous asked: So you take ballet classes all day?
Not really I usually take 2or 3 at the morning,go to the gym and anothe one at the evening. Ballet classes in a company are not designed to teach you things (You already know this things if you work in a company) The classes are designed to help the dancer to get warm up if there is a rehearsal and a show or to just keep the body in good shape,also is the moment when the coaches see you and correct you if you are doing something wrong. It is not necessarily to take all the classe,some people can’t make it in the morning so go in the afternoon. Almost all companies around the world work with classes system but the distribution is differe, for example here in México we have classes all day but we don’t have it on weekends,companies like the Royal Ballet have classes in mornings and afternoons but they do classes on weekends. It depends of the dancer. It also depends of the shows (When we have shows we do work on weekends cause we need to be in shape) Also depends of the size of the company (I work in a large company so not all the people dance the same things…For example some dancers of the company right now are working in “Esmeralda” and me and other we are working on “Giselle”…Or at the start of the year hal of the company was in “Cri cri’s tribute” and the other in the “Sleeping beauty”) Of course there are companies that are small and their dancers work in every ballet or even hire freelance dancers for the corps if the company don’t have enough dancers…La Bayadere or Swan Lake are ballet that requires an exagerated number of dancers,and go in a very fast pace (So the dancers don’t have the time to change and do other character) So many dancers are required. Nutcracker requires a lot of dancers as well but the pace is slow and pretty much focus in Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy,so the dancers can dance 2 or 3 different roles.
Anonymous asked: You are rude motherfucker who is envious of the perfection of Alina Somova. Can't you see her perfect lines and her extensions?
Yes I am rude… But can’t remember fucking your mother last night are you sure it was her?
About Unit operative-code-Somova. Yes I see her lines (very stiff for my taste but that’s a matter of taste) But that’s all I see.
Look I have no doubt that Somova has worked her ass of to get where she is,but the think about classical ballet (And ‘i’m telling you this both as dancer and balletoman) Is that all the leading roles have a HUGE emotional background still she suffers several tragedies as the ballet continues and usually ends in a sad and emotionally devastating dead. A person who is going to dance this roles needs to a tremendous actress (or an actress at least) She doesn’t have that. Maybe she do have the emotional background but she only show ice cold technical skill.
The Kirov’s Alina Somova. Pointe Magazine outtake. Photo by Nathan Sayers (2011).
Somova has danced all the major roles. She has beauty, stamina, elegant line. Yet reviewers still can’t decide if she’s a technical wonder with no soul, or a young artist with a soul that’s just not always visible onstage. “Dancer or circus pony?” went a 2009 headline in the London Telegraph.
Circus pony that’s an interesting way of see her,I would describe as a Ice cube en pointe or a cyborg
Mariinky’s Alina Somova showing off her grace and expressiveness
Anonymous asked: You're saying that Somova movement is perfect, but it's not. Her turn-out is poor, her fouette is sloppy, her port de bras is so unrussian but more like Spider feet. It's not enough to have the flexibility you also have to be able to control it. Watch her Paquita and Grand pas Classique then compare it to Guillems and you'll wonder how is this woman become Mariinsky principal.
“Perfect” It just a saying of how they create this operative unit Somova as a souless performer (By the way there are many Tumblr girls who see ice cube Somova as a role model)…You know I was making fun of her. But I’m glad for your comment :)
As many of you know (specially the ones who follow my blog) I’m an educated artist. I have 3 degrees,in acting,ballet and operatic singing specialized in early and baroque repertoire (I’m a countertenor)
As many of you know I’m not doing it big yet (And perhaps maybe never) Next June I’ll be 28 I’M OLD. My fellow artist knows that retirement and economic security for artist it’s kind of a joke. So I’ve been reading books about economic,including “Poor father,rich father” (I know it’s a cliché but it’s a good book cause it’s simple to understand to people like me) I have some rents of comercial locals that I inherited from my grandfather (He let me those rents so if I fail at life as an artist I didn’t starve or become a waiter)… But the think is that yes I use that money cause my pays are almost non existent (And yes my parents do give money) So actually I waste a lot of money on clothes,shoes and other non vital items (And I know that it feels so good to buy things you don’t specially need)…But is an illusion!
So I decided to invest today I opened both a promissory note & investment fund (There was a good deal on the bank) So if I keep some money there maybe in year I could buy a franchise or something…It’s too soon to think in buying a property!. But I’m proud of me, I will not end selling my body or begging for food!
First I want to offer an apologize to my followers (specially the ones that follows me because of the music I upload) For not posting or upload any audio.
I’m busy but not as busy as I’ll like to… Yes I didn’t get the part in the operetta I auditioned last week…I’m not sad but not happy either. I will survive.
I’m busy cause I’m preparing the Antonio Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus and even that this is not the first time I sing the Nisi Dominus I want that this time be perfect in the coloratura.
I’m also busy getting my generic peasant /generic noble man for the Giselle that is coming next month…IDK I feel I’m just wasting my time I totally could dance Albrecht…But since I’m not a principal and I’m old probably I’ll never dance Albrecht or any other Prince as a full leading role.
I was so busy with that audition that I forget completely that my birthday is coming,that’s just tragic. I’m not where I want to be, I had devoted my life to art so I don’t have any personal life and well I’m getting old.
Montserrat Figueras “Sospirastes baldominos” villancico di L.Milan dall’album “Luys Milan: “El maestro”.
“Al amor quiero vencer” Villancico per voce e Vihuela di Luys de Milan.
Montserrat Figueras Soprano
Hopkinson Smith Vihuela