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Cover of the Dance Open 2015 Gala programme.© Dance Open. (Click image for larger version)

International Ballet Festival 2015 Dance Open and Tsiskaridze at the Vaganova Academy – St Petersburg

Margaret Willis has just been in St. Petersburg, catching up with the Dance Open Festival and also visiting the Vaganova Academy where she had some words with director Nikolai Tsiskaridze…

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.

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 in The Flames of Paris.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

Bolshoi Ballet – Flames of Paris – Moscow

The Bolshoi Ballet are touring ‘The Flames of Paris’ to London this summer – but Natasha Rogai recently caught up with it in Moscow for us. So what shape is the company in?

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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…

Nina Ananiashvili – 30 years on stage gala – Tbilisi

So what has made her a ballet legend? The simple fact that she lives, breathes and demonstrates the finest techniques of Russian classical ballet. She is fastidious in her footwork, has the most beautiful pliable back, expressive arms and has perfect proportions and great sensitivity…

Uliana Lopatkina and Marat Shemiunov in Pavlova and Cecchetti. © Marc Haegeman.

Russian Ballet Icons – Anna Pavlova Gala – London

The ballerinas who made the greatest impact were Uliana Lopatkina and Tamara Rojo: regal, gracious, seemingly effortless…

Anna Pavlova and Nicholas Legat in Swan Lake. Published by Herm.Leiser. © and Courtesy of Dancing Times.

Anna Pavlova Gala – London Coliseum – 4 March 2012

Press Release London Coliseum to host tribute to Anna Pavlova Russian Ballet Icons Gala and Dinner 2012 Celebrating a centenary of Anna Pavlova making her home in London, at Ivy House The Russian…

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