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Igor Tsvirko in Spartacus.© Darren Thomas. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Spartacus – Brisbane

★★★★✰   the man of the moment on opening night was Igor Tsvirko as Spartacus whose stamina, elevation, turns, partnering, and fouettés were staggering in their execution.

Mikhail Lobukhin in Spartacus.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Spartacus – New York

If there’s one thing you can say for Yuri Grigorovich’s 1968 ballet Spartacus, it’s that it gets its point across loud and clear.

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

Anna Tikhomirova and Evgenia Obraztsova in La Bayadère.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Bolshoi Ballet in La Bayadere

Evgenia Obraztsova, Anna Tikhomirova, Alexander Volchkov and Semyon Chudin, Olga Smirnova casts – 20 pictures

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.

Maria Alexandrova and Ruslan Skvortsov in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Bolshoi Ballet in Swan Lake

Maria Alexandrova/Ruslan Skvortsov and Svetlana Zakharova/Alexander Volchkov casts – 20 pictures

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