Russia Today published a very good video about Morihiro Iwata, who is a Japanese Ballet Soloist in Big Theater in Moscow!
He came to Russia almost 19 years ago: “I came here in winter. It was very dull. Then I first saw the Bolshoi Theater, and I almost sprang into the bus window as we were passing by”. When he first came to Russia had to learn Russian language quickly because rehearsals for performances in the Bolshoi Theatre are conducted in Russian. Now he speaks Russian very well. At home, Iwata only speaks Russian with his wife and fellow Bolshoi Theatre dancer, Olga. He writes about his family:”Wife, two daughters and a family of four cats”.
Iwato likes it very much here in Bolshoi Theater, he says the best thing about dancing in the Bolshoi is a chance to learn: “There are such wonderful tutors in the Bolshoi, you hardly feel the difficulties of being a ballet dancer. Instead, you feel simply honored”
2nd, November 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev awarded Iwata Morihiro by the Order of Friendship.
Morihiro Iwata have got Grand Prix on International Festival of Ballet Art. (The First Chabukiani-Balanchine, 2001.)
For our readers who wants to know more about Iwata Morihiro:
Russia’s major theaters are celebrating the 100th anniversary of legendary Soviet ballerina Galina Ulanova (January 8, 1910 – March 21, 1998). Tribute concerts will be held in St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater and Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater.
Galina Sergeevna Ulanova was an iconic figure in Soviet ballet. Russian composer Sergey Prokofiev called her “the genius of Russian ballet, its elusive soul and its inspired poetry” while another legendary dancer of the 20th century, Rudoilf Nureev, was convinced she was “the world’s Number One ballerina.”
Vladimir Turchinsky died today. The doctors said he died from heard attack. He was 47 years old, one of the strongest man in the world, president of fitness club, showman, actor and famous person of Russian TV. He died and doctors will discover how it could happen with such man…. and I want to show you one beautiful clown show “Box” Anton Franke and Vladimir Turchinsky. I want to remember him this way!
Wednesday night acrobats of the Nikulin Circus in Moscow Yulia and Alexander Volkov fell during a rehearsal from 6 meters (almost 20 feet) height. Yelena Volkova received a severe brain injury and presumably broke her vertebrae, underwent leg. Alexander Volkov got heel bone fracture and other damages. They were taken to the hospital and necessary surgeries were done. Now they condition is still considered serious.
They both are very experienced circus actors (They got “Silver Elephant” on the 7th Moscow International Circus Festival of Young Artists).The circus act the artists were rehearsing is considered very difficult and dangerous. It includes 330 seconds of performing in the air and wrapping their limbs in long swaths of cloth without using safety wires, similar to performances on a flying trapeze.
What can I say… In Soviet Union we hardly had any circus accidents cause…. It was forbidden to act without any safety equipment. And even we were told in this video that it was impossible to use safety belts in this act. why they did not have a safety net over the flow? What it is? Like always we save money on our safety or that is stupidity of modern Russia? (Perm’s night club fire was one of this also.)
Music and especially classical music is very good for your soul. Today we are watching a video: Alexander Ghindin plays Beethoven’s Sonata in C Minor “Pathetique”.
Alexander Ghindin (17th April 1977). At the age of 13, he became laureate of the Moscow Young Pianists Competition; where he was the youngest prize-winner of the 10th International Tchaikovsky Competition. Now he is one of the most well-known Russian pianists of his generation. He is the laureate of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, in 1999 he gained Second Prize at Brussels International Queen Elisabeth Competition and in 2007 he won the first prize of the Cleveland International Piano Competition in USA.
For our readers who wants to know more about Alexander Ghindin will publish his interview.
Today we’ll watch a several video fragments about kids who are studying in Russian Circus School. Maybe these kids work too much, maybe they did not play as much as another kids of their age but don’t feel sorry for them. They love circus and they want to work in circus “Because it’s beautiful in circus”.