"Mikhail Messerer" tag
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…

Anna Kuligina and Ivan Vasiliev in La Fille mal gardée.© Nikolai Krusser. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – La Fille mal gardee (Vasiliev / Kuligina) – St. Petersburg

Kuligina was the perfect foil for Vasiliev’s Colin (Colas) and the pair played off one another. There could be no better role for Vasiliev…

Olga Semyonova (Teresa) and Maxim Podosyonov (Cornet) in Le Halte de Cavalerie.© Sveta Tarlova. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Le Halte de Cavalerie, Class Concert, Prelude – New York

The idea behind the triptych is to show three aspects of the company’s style: the classicism and character dance of Petipa; the technical pizzazz of mid-twentieth-century Soviet dance, the eccentricities and atmospherics of contemporary movement…

Ivan Vasiliev in Flames of Paris.© Costas. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Flames of Paris – New York

But, for the ballet to work it has to be danced with conviction and joy, and this is what the Mikhailovsky pulls off marvelously well.

Natalia Osipova and Leonid Sarafanov in Giselle.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Giselle – New York

Osipova’s vitality is astonishing: the minute she stepped onstage, it’s as if the whole world became a few shades brighter…

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Don Quixote.© Stas Levshin, courtesy the Mikhailovsky Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

The Mikhailovsky Ballet’s American Debut at the Lincoln Center

Having wowed London with three acclaimed seasons over the last six years, at last the Mikhailovsky Ballet make their American debut in NY. Lisa Snyder introduces the company and its repertoire…

Anastasia Soboleva and Victor Lebedev in La Fille mal gardée.© Stas Levshin. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – La Fille mal gardee – St. Petersburg

…the audience was in thrall to the bucolic genius of Ashton’s production with as many curtain calls at the premiere as I can recall witnessing for a very long time.

Christopher Wheeldon, Classical Choreography winner.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – UK National Dance Awards 2013

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

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…

Oksana Bondareva, Ivan Vasiliev together with Angelina Vorontsova and the company in The Flames of Paris.© Stas Levshin, courtesy the Mikhailovsky Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – The Flames of Paris – St. Petersburg

There is a lack of egotism to Messerer’s work that is immensely appealing, too: unlike Nureyev or Grigorovitch, he never appears to be coercing the music or the steps into fitting his idiosyncratic vision.

Natalia Osipova in Laurencia (from her 2012 Mikhailovsky debut).© The Mikhailovsky Theatre. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Laurencia with Osipova and Vasiliev – London

When the Mikhailovsky Ballet first brought this production to London in 2010, Laurencia seemed a creakily old-fashioned Soviet drambalet. Now, with Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev as the leads, it sparkles with fun, melodrama and commitment…

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