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  1. Mariinsky Ballet - The Firebird / Marguerite and Armand / Concerto DSCH - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 15 August 2014Performance 11 - 12 August 2014

    …the imprisoned cavaliers embalmed in a stone frieze, and the terrifying entrance of Kostchei’s fluttering, lurching, winged and taloned monsters. I must have seen dozens of Firebirds, and few match this for fairytale shock and awe. 

  2. Mariinsky Ballet - The Firebird / Marguerite and Armand / Concerto DSCH - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 4Louise Levene, Financial Times, Tuesday 12 August 2014Performance 11 - 12 August 2014

    Alexander Golovin’s fantastical forest and Bakst’s principal costumes with their gaudy palette of mauve and turquoise have a pop-up storybook magic and the rear wall made from the petrified corpses of knights gives additional force to Stravinsky’s sublime resolution. 

  3. Mariinsky Ballet - Apollo / A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 5Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Tuesday 12 August 2014Performance 8 - 9 August 2014

    I think the whole thing a marvel, marvellously danced by the present Mariinsky cast, with Viktoria Tereshkina an extra marvel as Titania, with our local boy, Xander Parish, a splendid Demetrius, and the whole troupe on magnificent form. A great ballet, superbly done. 

  4. Mark Baldwin & Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Inala

    Press Review 4Lyndsey Winship, Standard, Tuesday 12 August 2014Performance 11 & 12 August 2014

    …there are lovely moments, including one solo where dancer Dane Hurst (himself South African) lunges slowly across the stage and seems to be deeply inhaling the harmonies. Ultimately it’s a warm-hearted and entertaining endeavour. And the singing is irresistible. 

  5. Mariinsky Ballet - Apollo / A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 3Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Tuesday 12 August 2014Performance 8 - 9 August 2014

    It’s a full-length Dream, padding out the familiar Mendelssohn score with additional musical extracts. And while it follows Shakespeare’s play more faithfully than [Frederick] Ashton, it delivers a fraction of the latter’s humane sweetness and jokes.  

  6. Mariinsky Ballet - Apollo / A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 5Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Tuesday 12 August 2014Performance 8 - 9 August 2014

    …Viktoria Tereshkina’s Titania was as light and delicate as gossamer, Timur Askerov noble and accomplished as Oberon. Vasily Tkachenko’s Puck cast a girdle round the earth in a series of casual jetés and Anastasia Matvienko’s Hippolyta appeared out of nowher… 

  7. Mariinsky Ballet - Apollo / A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Royal Opera House

    Press Review 3Zoë Anderson, Independent, Tuesday 12 August 2014Performance 8 - 9 August 2014

    [Xander] Parish has pure line and a high jump, but he’s good in the quirky details too – the young god walking on his heels, or swinging an arm like a Pete Townshend guitar hero. 

  8. Mark Baldwin & Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Inala

    Press Review 4Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Tuesday 12 August 2014Performance 11 & 12 August 2014

    The stage design is admirably simple – just a few packing cases that serve as chairs, baggage and boats. The dancers are dressed in leather kilts, with their features sometimes concealed beneath tribal masks.  

  9. Inala. Photo: Giulietta Verdon-Roe

    News: Edinburgh International Festival 2014

    Tuesday 12 August 2014 by Lucie Sheppard

    The Edinburgh International Festival opened last week and runs until the 31 August – here’s a round up of what dance events will be presented as part of the festival and which ones will be coming to … Continue Reading

  10. Firebird - Kondaurova.

    Review: Mariinsky Ballet - The Firebird / Marguerite and Armand / Concerto DSCH - Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Monday 11 August 2014— Performance: 11 - 12 August 2014

    ...the whole evening was strung together with performances as lustrously beautiful as beaded cultured pearls of the finest quality. Continue Reading

  11. Mark Baldwin & Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Inala

    Press Review 4Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Monday 11 August 2014Performance 11 & 12 August 2014

    …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, 

  12. Natalia Osipova & Ivan Vasiliev - Solo For Two - London Coliseum

    Press Review 1Jeffery Taylor, Daily Express, Sunday 10 August 2014Performance 6 - 9 August 2014

    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. 

  13. Apollo - Xander Parish. Photo: Valentin Baranovsky

    Review: Mariinsky Ballet - Apollo / A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Saturday 9 August 2014— Performance: 8 - 9 August 2014

    ...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

  14. Natalia Osipova & Ivan Vasiliev - Solo For Two - London Coliseum

    Press Review 3Zoë Anderson, Independent, Friday 8 August 2014Performance 6 - 9 August 2014

    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. 

  15. Natalia Osipova & Ivan Vasiliev - Solo For Two - London Coliseum

    Press Review 4Neil Norman, The Stage, Friday 8 August 2014Performance 6 - 9 August 2014

    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. 

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