...the whole evening was strung together with performances as lustrously beautiful as beaded cultured pearls of the finest quality. Continue Reading
…they are a constantly generous presence, and their 11th-hour line-up across the width of the entire stage – those voices soaring out as never before – is a thing of simple but stirring beauty,
Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev are blessed with talents placing them among the world’s greatest of today’s dancers. But based on last week’s shudderingly embarrassing West End season, one virtue is absent from their considerable endowments – common sense.
...free-flowing pas de deux framed within the elegance of a sparkling corps de ballet, including a central divertissement of melting sweetness that is incongruously led by another couple, in this case a captivati… Continue Reading
Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev test their range with a specially-created evening of contemporary work. They dance these new styles with guts and conviction, but we’re only getting glimpses of their talent.
Osipova’s unfettered joy as she prances around the stage in her wedding dress is hugely infectious and Vasiliev’s panic at the prospect of marriage is palpable; as he rips off his formal suit, his short-lived liberation inspires some of his spectacular leaps.
There’s something off about the tone. Too many moments where it’s hard to tell if it’s supposed to be funny or not. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Mercy starts with faux fighting and ends with Vasiliev as a sort of mystical puppet master (it’s supposed to be about comp…
…Arthur Pita’s Facada… Set to Portuguese fado music admirably played by Frank Moon, with a witty set by Jean-Marc Puissant, with a clear dramatic scheme – vengeful bride destroys numskull groom – and with the splendid Elizabeth McGorian as an elegant ac…
…the artistry of these two ballet prodigies casts a very different spell as we watch their minds and bodies engage with three contemporary choreographers: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Ohad Naharin and Arthur Pita. This programme is a risk, a challenge, an adventure for th…
It’s a great piece, full of comic detail and fabulously descriptive steps. Osipova’s final dance of savage jubiliation, frightening and liberated in equal measure, is simply thrilling.
Extraordinary performers can enliven and elevate even the most dreary of choreography and, in today’s dance marketplace, the current superstars – Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev – could probably… Continue Reading
…his [Xander Parish] line was sensational from every angle, his long feet and legs perfectly placed and his jump soaring and immaculately musical.
Conductor Alexei Repnikov’s sluggish tempo doesn’t help — it’s impossible to get any momentum going, any real dancing. Only in the lakeside pas de deux does the slow pace pay off, with Stepanova eking out Tchaikovsky’s every note, unfurling a limb with delicate…
An impeccable legion of swans. The dances of the first scene shaped with an unfailing elegance. A Siegfried (Timur Askerov) of quietly dignified presence, of commanding technical resource, of dramatic sincerity. And an Odette/Odile from Oxana Skorik of fine-drawn beauty.