I see from my stats that yesterday someone landed on this blog while searching for “Russian tv promotion to principal obraztsova.”
Sorry, folks, this blog is a bad place to look for news like that. I have no source for gossip, and even if a long-overdue promotion does not count as gossip, I still don’t have the information. Further, let’s keep in mind that we are dealing with Russians here, and they put many layers on the truth. Go ahead and scream “racism” or whatever; I’m half Russian and I know better :-).
I did look at the Maryinsky’s website and saw that nothing has changed: she is still listed as First Soloist. However, I also don’t know how up to date this website is, as Oxana Skorik is just now listed as a Second Soloist after having danced Odette/Odile a couple of times (she was previously listed as a Coryphee). I know promotions at the Maryinsky are far from quick, but the apparent delay in reporting this one was almost ridiculous.
There was for a time someone posting lengthy, impassioned YouTube videos about Maryinsky gossip, but this person has been silent for months now. This individual did state at one point last year something to the effect that “Obraztsova is about to leave the Maryinsky.” But she’s still there as far as I know. Just not very much, it seems.
I know that Obraztsova has recently been doing guest stints with the Bolshoi, and the Maryinsky’s website is entirely ignoring that thus far. They did mention her guesting with other companies (notably “Since 2010 she has been a guest soloist of the ballet company of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in Moscow”) but are ignoring the fact that she danced Odette/Odile during those guest stints. I guess that would be sort of inconvenient for them to admit, as the lead in Swan Lake is the one prima-ballerina role denied her at home — thus denying her that big promotion. Odd as it may seem to us, in Russia, Swan Lake makes (or breaks) ballerinas.
It would be, to say the least, very amusing if the Bolshoi cast her as Odette/Odile.
And so, as far as I know, Obraztsova remains a First Soloist with her home company, even though she has long been a prima in the eyes of the rest of the world. There are some things you just can’t explain.
P.S. January 30 update: Obraztsova’s website is down. The translation of the message screen is that the site has been blocked, and the owner of the site should contact the host to find out why.
P.P.S. As you can see in the comments, Parlonsballet has informed us that Evgenia Obraztsova is now a principal with the Bolshoi!