Cuba is a country on the brink of change but the island’s latest song-and-dance offering from choreographer Nilda Guerra (Havana Rakatan) still suggests a cultural timewarp.
What it offers though is sensational dancing – virtuosic, beautiful and open-hearted – created by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky to show off ballet as the most refined and communicative of the arts.
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The never-ending soloists — alluring gypsies, back-bending flamenco dancers, a sprightly Cupid — are reliably excellent, and the show is best in full fiesta mode, when Fadeyechev throws everything at it
Olga Smirnova, who danced Kitri on opening night, is the Bolshoi’s rising star. Tall and long-limbed, trained in the refined St Petersburg school, she’s a very elegant dancer.
In fact, no soloist put a foot wrong all evening – particularly high marks, too, for those three Dryads – while the corps were marvellously boisterous in the Act I town square, lyricism itself in the Act II vision scene, and always acting as a single organism.
Particularly fine in the secondary roles are Vera Borisenkova, mysterious and haughty in the Spanish Dance, and Anna Antropova, lusciously musical and melodramatic in the Gypsy Dance.
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. . . his composure is pricked by Cinderella (Leanne Stojmenov), the subtle softness of her dancing marking her out against the quirky moves of everyone else.
Having shed her Bernadette-like gear for a sparkly dress, Leanne Stojmenov reveals a thrilling and understated technique in her solos and the pas de deux.
Still, if Cinderella’s solos often carry on a little too long, they are, in the main, undeniably attractive and emotionally communicative pieces of neoclassical choreography, and Leanne Stojmenov performs them very prettily indeed.
In a busy production, Cinderella herself can seem a wallflower, but Ratmansky makes her an original, resilient heroine.