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Mariinsky Ballet – Cinderella (+ The Enchanted Wanderer) – New York

…the Ukrainian-born soloist Anastasia Matvienko was a pliant, loose-limbed Cinderella who danced with uninhibited ease and looked perfectly at home in Ratmansky’s goofy interpretation of the character.

Viktoria Tereshkina and Vladimir Shklyarov in Swan Lake.© 2015 Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos, courtesy BAM. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Swan Lake – New York

If you really think about it, Swan Lake is, for lack of a better phrase, an odd duck…

Alina Cojocaru and Alejandro Virelles in Swan Lake.© ASH. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Swan Lake – Milton Keynes

Eight paragraphs of praise and I haven’t yet mentioned Alina Cojocaru! My advice to anyone yearning to see the special beauty of ballet is simple: take any chance you can to see Cojocaru dance.

Alina Somova and Vladimir Shklyarov in Swan Lake.© V Baranovsky. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Swan Lake – Washington

The formula for the success of the Mariinsky’s Swan Lake is simple. The love story between a beautiful young woman turned into a swan and a prince is told in a direct, traditional manner. There is no symbolism or hidden meaning here, no exaggeration or melodrama.

Valentine Gross pastel of the original trio in “the fountain” grouping, 1913. First published in Comoedia Illustré, the souvenir programme of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. From Millicent Hodson, Nijinsky's Bloomsbury Ballet, Jeux (Pendragon, New York, 2008), p. 8. (Click image for larger version)

Games People Play: ‘Jeux’ Young at 100

Nijinsky’s ‘Jeux’, like ‘Rite’, is in its centenary year – lesser known it may be but Archer & Hodson give fascinating detail on its creation and the thought that went into putting on, at UNCSA, their reconstructed version earlier this year.

Henri Oguike's The Four Seasons in rehersal.© Joe Plommer. (Click image for larger version)

Henri Oguike & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Four Seasons – London

If music be the food of love, then it is surely the air and water of dance.

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