Ballet.Magazine, August, 1997/ Kirov Ballet. Romeo and Juliet. Coliseum
by Jennifer Delaney
Maya Dumchenko was a lovely
Juliet. She is just eighteen herself, and captured the youth and
eagerness of Juliet without making her seem too young to fall in
love. Once again, she demonstrated that her stage persona is full
of charm. Victor Baranov was an excellent Romeo
opposite her. If at first he came across as a bit of a drip, wandering
around stage draped in a cloak in a most melancholy fashion, as
soon as he met his Juliet, he proved he was just as much in love
with her as she was with him.
The New York Times, Oktober 7, 1997/ Kirov Dancers go touring, with a mix
of Stars and Youngers by A. Kisselgoff
...Ms. Makhalina, once the
Kirov's leading ballerina, exuded her usual glamour; a dancer of
extremes who does not always pay attention to her feet, she made
even better use of her harmonious upper body in the ''Sleeping Beauty''
pas de deux, partnered by a stalwart Viktor Baranov. Ms. Ayupova,
who was Mr. Baranov's ecstatic Juliet in the balcony pas de deux
from Leonid Lavrovsky's "Romeo and Juliet"..
Dance Magazine, November 24, 1998/Kirov Ballet Maryinsky theater by A.Degen
...the evening ended with
Alexander Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy. Uliana Lopatkina, Svetlana
Zakharova, Irma Nioradze, Sofia Gumerova, Maya Dumchenko, Vyacheslav
Samodurov, Victor Baranov, Andrei Yakovlev, Ilya Kuznetsov, and
Vladimir Archangelsky delighted the eye with resplendent neoclassical
dance. What appeared almost as choreographic chaos in the expertly
staged finale led the participants not so much to ecstasy as to
unity. It should be said in all fairness that the whole composition
seemed too slow-moving. Though the evening was a success--mostly
due to the right selection of first-class performers...
Ballet.Magazine, June 2001/Michael Fokine and what to look for in
his ballets by Richard Glasstone
As a curtain raiser to the
Kirov's Fokine programme, the Friends of Covent Garden and of the
Kirov arranged a study evening at the Clore Studio. It was presented
by the excellent Richard Glasstone and there was an opportunity
to see two Kirov principals, Zhanna Ayupova and Viktor Baranov dance
the Waltz in C Sharp Minor from Chopiniana...