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Anastasia Soboleva and Victor Lebedev in Cinderella.© Stas Levshin. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Cinderella – St. Petersburg

★★★★★   It seems appropriate that I’ve travelled to Russia to find a Cinderella interpreter of movement and spectacle to match up to the genius of Prokofiev’s music.

Ivan Vasiliev, Alexander Omar and Ekaterina Borchenko in Le Corsaire.© Doug Gifford. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Le Corsaire – Costa Mesa

★★★★✰   On Saturday, Nov. 19, at Segerstrom Hall, Southern California audiences experienced our era’s ultimate executor of Le Corsaire’s balletic thrills, Ivan Vasiliev…

Mikhailovsky Ballet in Nacho Duato's Prelude.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Without Words, Nunc Dimittis, Prelude – London

There were wonderful performances by Ekaterina Borchenko and Leonid Sarafanov – dancers you would like to see a lot more of. But three works by the same choreographer was too much of the same dish on the menu.

Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Don Quixote (Osipova / Vasiliev) & Giselle (Semionova / Matvienko) – London

…the Mikhailovsky put on a wonderful display of classical excellence that we just don’t routinely see in the UK.

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Giselle.© The Mikhailovsky Theatre. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Giselle with Osipova and Vasiliev – London

Osipova is tireless, impelled by a supernatural force until she fades away in a spine-tingling ending, a spirit no longer. Osipova’s Giselle has given every last atom of herself to Albrecht and to us, her witnesses.

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