Day 60_Yuri Soloviev

[Gentes del mundo, el coronavirus nos ha encerrado. Pero no sólo no podrá con nosotros, sino que vamos a aprovechar el encierro al máximo. Aquí va mi idea del día.]

El tercero del triunvirato de oro -junto a Nureyev y Baryshnikov- del gran maestro Alexander Pushkin. Yuri Soloviev era un saltador extraordinario. Su batería sigue sin ser superada, y su “ballon”, ese difícil efecto de suspenderse en el aire, es realmente hipnótico.
Aquí aparece bailando El Corsario y me emociona ver que, además de lucir el mismo atuendo que Vakhtan Chabukiani (otro que aparecerá por aquí cualquier día de estos), baila exactamente la misma variación que Baryshnikov seguía haciendo varias décadas después y muchos kilómetros más allá del Mariinsky. Las mismas combinaciones de piruetas y, sobre todo, la misma ‘nada’ más absoluta entre paso y paso de la diagonal inicial. Glorioso.

[People of the world, the Coronavirus has locked us up. But not only will it not be able to take us, but we will make the most of the lockdown. Here’s my idea for the day.]

The third dancer from the golden triumvirate – together with Nureyev and Baryshnikov – of the great ballet master Alexander Pushkin. Yuri Soloviev was an extraordinary jumper. His batterie is still unsurpassed, and his “ballon”, that difficult effect of pretending to be suspended in the air, is truly hypnotic.
Here he appears dancing Le Corsaire and I am thrilled to see that, in addition to wearing the same outfit as Vakhtan Chabukiani (another dancer who will appear here one of these days), he dances exactly the same variation that Baryshnikov continued to perform several decades later and many miles beyond the Mariinsky. The same combinations of pirouettes and, above all, the same absolute ‘nothing’ between the main steps of the first diagonal. Glorious.

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