Periodic visits from The Bolshoi Ballet have enlivened and enriched the London Summer over the past 60 years. These visits by the biggest and brashest of the world’s great ballet companies have invariably b… Continue Reading
There’s rip-roaring action, as Jeanne and her lover Phillipe (Igor Tsvirko) fly through variations with great gusto, pulling out jackpot moves and revving up the (skilfully choreographed) crowds for battle
This featureless body of dancers work in tight formation their movement building and subsiding like a breathing organism as they shift through precise patterns and placements, the occasional trio breaking the corps apart.
Maillot knows how to handle narrative, deftly switching the mood from serious to comic, and his movement is full of invention, gesture and angular quirks.
As Katharina’s serene and adored sister, Bianca, Olga Smirnova is charm and elegance itself – when they’re on at the same time, it’s a little like watching Swan Lake’s Odette and Odile share a stage.
The dancing, from all four principals, and Anna Tikhomirova’s demanding housekeeper, is divine. A joy to watch.
Ekaterina Krysanova is particularly mesmerising as Katharina. With her pale face stripped of any beguiling ballerina charm she kicks and bunches her fist like a caged animal, dominating the stage with the pent-up power of her dancing.