I'm missing the sensation here

It seems everyone and their mother loves dancer Uliana Lopatkina.  But I'm sorry, I just don't see the attraction.

I see her as a Mezentseva clone.  But dances 10x slower.  Lopatkina is quite capable and has lovely form.  But she has turned it into something that is almost a parody.  Take a look at the clip.  Must the tempo be so slow?  Slow enough so that she actually stops dancing and moves from pose to pose  with maudlin finesse.  She can do better, I'm sure of it.  There are videos of her dancing a quicker tempo in the Black Swan section but she still takes it 5x slower than it needs to be.

I'm not saying that the music is better at NYCB hyper-sonic speed, but there has to be a good medium between Alvin & the Chipmunks and Death Becomes Her tempos.  This dancer needs to change her act and take new chances.  She was the dancer in the Makarova coaching episode I linked to on a post about technique.  It seems the minimalist, body focus approach that Makarova was teaching didn't make a huge impression on Lopatkina.  She never met a Swan Lake pose she couldn't schmaltz up to an inch of its existence.

This is a case perfect example why I'm not a huge fan of Russian ballerinas right now.  But then again, I will take a slo-mo Lopatkina over a wobbly, tap dancing Copeland any day of the year.

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