August 2011

  1. Mariinsky Ballet in Scotch Symphony/ In the Night/ Ballet Imperial at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Monday 8 August 2011Performance 4 - 5 August 2011

    “Vladimir Shklyarov – delivering the best male dancing of the season yet – is not only a fine partner, but, given centre stage, inscribes the air with the clarity and intensity of forked lightning. This is the Mariinsky living up to its own legend.”  

  2. Mariinsky Ballet in Scotch Symphony/ In the Night/ Ballet Imperial at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 8 August 2011Performance 4 - 5 August 2011

    “The corps de ballet are serene in their pink chiffon Karinska skirts, Vladimir Shklyarov is elegance itself and Viktoria Tereshkina swoops thrillingly between technical brilliance and icy self-regard. In all senses, a night to remember.” 

  3. Mariinsky Ballet in Don Quixote at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 8 August 2011Performance 2 & 3 August 2011

    “And if there is a slight sense of business as usual – this is very much the Matvienkos’ showpiece – then it has to be said that business is good.” 

  4. Mariinsky Ballet in Scotch Symphony/ In the Night/ Ballet Imperial at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Monday 8 August 2011Performance 4 - 5 August 2011

    In The Night: “Each of these outstanding ballerinas makes a poem of her part – and when the couples finally meet and part at the close, it is as if you have witnessed an entire story told by nothing more than the simplest gesture. Glorious.”  

  5. Mariinsky Ballet in Scotch Symphony/ In the Night/ Ballet Imperial at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Friday 5 August 2011Performance 4 - 5 August 2011

    “The dancers infuse his [Jerome Robbins] moves with languor and longing, and then phrase his gestures with laughter. It’s rare for them to move with such poignant ease, or to look so gorgeous.  

  6. Mariinsky Ballet, George Balanchine's 'Scotch Symphony' Dancers: Anastasia Matvienko, Alexander Sergeev. Photo: Natasha Razina

    Mariinsky Ballet in Scotch Symphony/ In the Night/ Ballet Imperial at Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Friday 5 August 2011 — Performance: 4 - 5 August 2011

    Reviewed: 4 August 2011 This mixed bill of work created in America by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins was flavoured by a flurry of unusual excitement during the first interval, caused by a young man sitting… Continue Reading

  7. FELA! at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Damian O'Loughlin, Islington Tribune, Friday 5 August 2011Performance 20 July - 28 August 2011

    “The show replicates the feel of one of Kuti’s wild and sweaty performances – the last at his club, The Shrine in Lagos – thanks to an ultra-tight band, which Fela’s partner in musical crime, Tony Allen, would have been proud to lead, and im… 

  8. Mariinsky Ballet in Don Quixote at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Friday 5 August 2011Performance 2 & 3 August 2011

    “Anastasia Matvienko is a lively Kitri, spinning briskly through her fouetté turns. She’s particularly good at the scampering footwork, with bouncy little jumps. She’s smooth and elegant in the vision scene, where she appears as the embodiment of Do… 

  9. French Cancan at In selected cinemas

    Press Review Peter Bradshaw, Guardian, Friday 5 August 2011Performance from 5 August 2011

    “the glorious final sequence, in which the cancan is finally unveiled to the rowdy audience, is some kind of masterpiece, perhaps the equal of anything Renoir ever achieved: wild, free, turbulent, exhilarating.” London Screenings: 5 – 31 August 2011… 

  10. Mariinsky Ballet in Don Quixote at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 5 August 2011Performance 2 & 3 August 2011

    “the collective bravura of the Mariinsky’s storytelling swept them along, abetted by Soslan Kulaev’s capering Gamache and Vladimir Ponomarev’s Don, gently demented, his eyes cloudy with visions.”  

  11. Mariinsky Ballet in Homage to Fokine: Chopiniana/ The Firebird/ Scheherazade at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Friday 5 August 2011Performance 29 July - 1 August 2011

    “There is transformative dancing in Chopiniana, too. The female soloists are impressive, but it’s the corps, in their collectively exquisite softness and their attention to Romantic style (delicately averted faces, thistledown jumps) who remind us of the p… 

  12. Mariinsky Ballet in Don Quixote at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Friday 5 August 2011Performance 2 & 3 August 2011

    ****There are stunning individual performances, too, from the astonishing Ekaterina Kondaurova as a street dancer, balancing on delicate pointe between her admirer’s upturned knives, and Alexander Sergeev as a high-jumping bullfighter.” 

  13. Mariinsky Ballet in Homage to Fokine: Chopiniana/ The Firebird/ Scheherazade at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Friday 5 August 2011Performance 29 July - 1 August 2011

    “The Mariinsky Ballet’s tribute to the great Russian choreographer Mikhail Fokine (1880-1942) is a multifarious, multicoloured delight.”  

  14. Mariinsky Ballet in Don Quixote at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Friday 5 August 2011Performance 2 & 3 August 2011

    “To call the Mariinsky dancers exceptional is an understatement. Last night’s cast took a while to warm up but once they had they provided an almost embarrassment of talent.”  

  15. Mariinsky Ballet 'Don Quixote'

    Mariinsky Ballet in Don Quixote at Royal Opera House

    Graham Watts, Wednesday 3 August 2011 — Performance: 2 & 3 August 2011

    Reviewed: 2 August I was surprised that the Mariinsky has not performed Don Quixote in London since 2000 (although it appeared on the company’s brief forays to Cardiff and Salford in the mid-noughties); an… Continue Reading

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