Chiesa di Casa Professa Navata Laterale. Casa Professa church in Palermo da Rosario Sanguedolce
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Sede della Compagnia dei Gesuiti è il massimo esempio del barocco siciliano. Sontuosa, grandiosa fu costruita nel 1591. Presenta una facciata molto sobria mentre l'interno è un trionfo di marmi mischi, cappelle, colonne a altari. Un grande spettacolo. A great show of what is so called the Sicilian baroque: the church of the Gesuitics order, built on 1591. All the walls, all the chapels are covered by mischi marbles conferring a sumptuous and elegant view to all the building. This is the right aisle.

Interview of Evgenia Obraztsova, by Laura Cappelle via Pointe Magazine. Photo by S. Postoenko.

You danced John Cranko’s Onegin for the first time last year. How did you find your inner Tatiana?
Eugene Onegin is my favorite book. As a child, I wanted to become an opera singer. I performed in the opera as one of the little kids onstage. I knew Tatiana’s part by heart; I would sing it all the time. It was easy to translate her into ballet.

You’re engaged to a sculptor, Andrei Korobtsev. When will we see the first sculpture of you?
It’s almost ready. It’s a bust of me, and the plaster cast is done, but the final sculpture will be in marble. He’s also working on a commission for the Paveletsky train station in Moscow, a couple saying good-bye as the man leaves for war. I’ll be the woman.

What do you do to stay injury-free?
I have a doctor I completely trust in St. Petersburg. She comes to see me in Moscow, and I also call her for advice. She practices cupping therapy—it’s not for everyone, but it really helps me.

Of which accomplishment are you most proud?

I can’t say I take pride in anything I did, because in the Orthodox tradition you don’t achieve things by yourself: It’s God who gives it all to you.

What advice do you have for students wanting to be professional dancers?

Explore other forms of art, and absorb as much as you can—it will always find its way onto the stage. Sometimes I discover new things in me, and I realize it comes from films or performances I’ve seen, even if they didn’t strike me at the time.
Who is your toughest critic?
My mother. She lives in St. Petersburg but travels to see my performances. She was a ballerina herself, and I trust her opinion. She wouldn’t say it was a good job simply because she is my mother. She is always honest.

What’s the toughest part of being a dancer?
Denying yourself things and trying to achieve your goals no matter what. Ballet is not just hard work, it’s unusually hard work, and a lot of talented ballerinas fail because they can’t face all the hardship that comes their way. Sometimes everything goes against you, and you still have to keep fighting.

[End of interview].

She is so humble, and has such incredible inner strength! I admire her fighting spirit, even when it seemed her talent was not being recognized as it should she kept going. Also, she talks about seeking inspiration from outside of the ballet world. This is advice I notice all great artists give - not living in a bubble. Yes, I adore Genia… <3



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Meet Cedric.

He has been my constant companion since I moved away from home ten whole years ago! Through his whole life, he’s been quite a character, but even through his temperamental highs and lows, he’s always been a shoulder for me to cry on when things got rough.

And it’s that shoulder that needs help now!

He has a large mass in his left shoulder, between his ribcage and his skin, which is approximately baseball-sized. Upon x-ray, it does not appear to be a benign fatty tumor, due to the color.

Dr. Cappel and I discussed the possibility that it might be a vaccine-induced sarcoma. Vaccine sarcomas possibly occur when a heavy metal adjuvant (an irritant that used to be used in feline vaccinations to encourage an immune response) turns cancerous.

Thankfully, the lump is round, smooth, and has not infiltrated his chest cavity at this time. It still has to be removed, though, in order to ensure quality of life.

Currently, he has only had x-rays, but the current treatment plan we are discussing, including biopsy and the necessity to have a specialist surgeon perform the removal of the tumor, as well as all aftercare, will run in the realm of $2500-$3000.

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Osipova is missing Hallberg, but hopes to return to the Bolshoi

Osipova is missing Hallberg, but hopes to return to the Bolshoi

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The applause that greeted Natalia Osipova’s return to the Bolshoi stage was enthusiastic.

Laura Cappelle wrote in her Financial Times review:

The tour marks the Russian superstar’s first performances on the Bolshoi stage since her departure from the company three years ago, and if the breathless reception she got is any indication, she has been missed.

Osipova, now a Principal dancer with the…

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