Category Archives: Ballet

Natasha vs Matilda — New Russian Culture War – Part IV

Dear Readers: Today we finish this saga of Tsar Nikolai II’s warring mistresses.  On this side of the ring:  Nickie’s actual physical mistress, the prima ballerina Matilda Kschessinska.  On the other side:  Nickie’s spiritual mistress, Natalia Poklonskaya.  Of the two women … Continue reading

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Natasha vs Matilda — New Russian Culture War – Part III

Dear Readers: The first shot in this new Culture War was fired by ex-Crimean Prosecutie Natalia Poklonskaya.  Recall that Natasha, a regional Prosecutor under the former Ukrainian government, defected to Russia during the Maidan Revolution of 2014, and became a … Continue reading

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Natasha vs Matilda — New Russian Culture War – Part II

Dear Readers: Continuing our saga of the new Culture War in Russia, with calls to ban the film, “Matilda“, by director Alexei Efimovich Uchitel.   Release of the film to the broader public has been delayed a couple of times, but … Continue reading

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Natasha vs Matilda — New Russian Culture War – Part I

Dear Readers: In Russia the Culture War has resumed in earnest, this time over a film, which very few people have seen yet.  The film, of course, is “Matilda“, by director Alexei Efimovich Uchitel.  To add even more piquancy to … Continue reading

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International Ballet Competition in Moscow – Warning Signs – Part IX

Dear Readers: Today, July 1, I will close out this series on ballet (postponing my usual close-of-month metrics by one day),  by reviewing an episode of the most-excellent ballet reality show Ballet à la Russe.  Which episodes can still be found … Continue reading

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International Ballet Competition in Moscow – Warning Signs – Part VIII

Dear Readers: When I told you we would be done today with this ballet thing, I lied.  Today we will indeed finish Anna Gordeeva’s piece.  But I have one more thing to go over (tomorrow), namely, that RT Ballet Episode … Continue reading

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International Ballet Competition in Moscow – Warning Signs – Part VII

Dear Readers: Today and tomorrow we will be finishing up Anna Gordeeva’s review of the Moscow International Competition of Ballet and Choreography, which just finished its 13th (quadrennial) tournament in Moscow last week. You know when you’re watching the Oscars, … Continue reading

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