News: Bolshoi back in town

Monday 9 July 2007

The Bolshoi Ballet are performing at The London Coliseum from 30 July to 18 August. Here’s our round up of press features so far…

Elsinore, a new work for the Bolshoi by Christopher Wheeldon is part of the Triple Bill on 13 & 14 August. He talks about being ‘intensely daunted’ as he created his new work, based on Hamlet with the company last year. Ismene Brown talks with Wheeldon and gives an insight on the inner workings of the company:
“Such labyrinthine inner forces are hard for a Westerner to understand, but then the identification of the Bolshoi Ballet with the USSR’s political requirements is the legacy that the reformers battle with – every artistic decision carries some kind of office-political baggage.” Read more in the Telegraph, 23 Jul 07

The latest bright young star rising high in the Bolshoi is Ivan Vasliev, a seventeen year old from Minsk. “There are many impressive Jack-in-a-box virtuosos in ballet, many stately princes, but the rare special ones have minds that fly as far as their bodies.” Read more on Vasliev from Ismene Brown in the Telegraph, 14 Jul 07 see him dance and in interview” here”:

Ismene Brown describes Natalia Osipova another rising young star in the company who partners Vasiliev in Don Quixote (9-11 Aug) as “equally explosive”.

“Because I prepare so hard in the rehearsal studio, I am almost 100% sure I will do the difficult jumps or steps,” she tells Nadine Meisner in the Sunday Times, 8 Jul 07

The Director of the Bolshoi, Alexei Ratmansky, tells Debra Craine why it is right for the company to revisit Marius Petipa’s version of Le Corsaire (30 Jul 1 & 15 Aug)

“We have a crisis of ideas in classical ballet right now…But we can’t just take from the West. We need to find new ideas within ourselves, within our own Russian traditions, within our own blood. We can create a real future by looking carefully at every period of our past.” Read more in the Times, 16 Jul 07

Corsair was originally an enormously popular poem by Byron, published in 1814.

‘But just as Byron’s own poem was a wildly fantasised gloss on the brutal reality of pirating, so the ballet Corsaire has moved far beyond the poet’s text, taken on a journey that itself embodies a fascinating history of classical ballet over the past 150 years.’ Read more from Judith Mackrell in the Guardian, 12 Jul 07

Further info & online booking:

Natalia Osipova in interview with Ian Palmer, magazine, 1 June 07
Natalia Osipova, Jeffery Taylor, magazine, 29 July 07

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