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Denis Medvedev and Elena Bukanova (King and Marie Antoinette) in The Flames of Paris.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – The Flames of Paris – London

“Alexei Ratmansky’s Flames of Paris is a lot like Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake…” starts Jann Parry’s review…

Anna Tikhomirova (Fairy Audacity) in The Sleeping Beauty.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty – London

…but the production isn’t so interested in motivation, more in grand effects, and those were delivered. It was a glittering, ostentatious performance, though not one to catch the heart.

Bolshoi Ballet - Kingdom of the Shades in La Bayadere.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – La Bayadère – London

Grigorovich’s staging of Act III is masterly. He has the fakirs lull Solor into an opium-induced sleep in a setting that lifts away to reveal a rocky arch. Within it Solor sees a vision of Nikiya enticing him into a ballet blanc nirvana

Svetlana Zakharova and Alexander Volchkov in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Swan Lake – London

Grigorovich’s production is not concerned with dramatic plausibility or characterisation, which may account for Zakharova’s Odette remaining a remote vision and her Odile a cool doppelganger rather than a temptress.

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International Ballet Festival 2013 – Dance Open – St Petersburg

The 12th International Ballet Festival – Dance Open – was held over 4 days in St Petersburg. Margaret Willis (our Ms Expressivity) was there to report on much ballet and not a little award giving…

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