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Bolshoi Ballet

The Bolshoi Ballet London Coliseum July 30–August 18, 2007 Reviewed by Margaret Willis     The Bolshoi Ballet’s new version of Petipa’s Le Corsaire is a swashbuckling extravaganza that assaults the senses and feasts the eyes. While the classical dances were performed impeccably, the London audiences also reveled in the excellent character dancing and acting, and […]

The Beauty of Inflections

Even in full company class where talent lurks everywhere, San Francisco Ballet principal Muriel Maffre draws your attention and locks in your gaze. She is the five-foot-ten dancer who is not looking into the mirror while she adjusts her épaulement. She’s the one who is working at the barre shrouded in an aura of introspection. […]

Tharp All Over

The United States map hanging in Ginger Montel’s office has color-coded pushpins scattered across the country. Each one indicates where a dance company has a Twyla Tharp piece in its active repertoire, with the different colors representing the number of works. Lately she has been adding them to the map at a rapid pace.   […]

Georgia on Her Mind

To fly into Tbilisi, Georgia, you must land in pitch dark in the middle of the night. (Night air space is cheaper.) Even so, the crowd welcoming passengers boils up outside the airport’s glass walls—waving, gesticulating, soundlessly shouting. When you launch yourself into the town the next morning, your taxi and the other cars speed […]

Bolshoi Ballet

Alexei Ratmansky’s two-year reign as artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet has kindled an invigorating spirit in his company, as Londoners quickly discovered. After enjoying his jolly and droll Bright Stream earlier in the tour, audiences here were treated to Ratmansky’s tribute to Maya Plisetskaya, premiered last November. Go for Broke is pure dance—and pure […]

Bolshoi Ballet

Bolshoi Ballet Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington, DC February 21-25, 2007 Reviewed by George Jackson Pictured: Svetlana Zakharova Photographer: Carol Pratt Courtesy: Kennedy Center Moderation isn’t a policy ordinarily practiced by the ballet company whose name means big, yet the Bolshoi’s new (2006) Cinderella is downright temperate. Everything about it seems carefully balanced, be it […]

Bolshoi Ballet

Bolshoi Ballet Royal Opera House, London August 14, 2006 Reviewed by Margaret Willis The Bolshoi Ballet in Go for Broke by Alexei Ratmansky Photo by Damir Yusupov, courtesy Bolshoi Ballet Alexei Ratmansky’s two-year reign as artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet has kindled an invigorating spirit in his company, as Londoners quickly discovered. After enjoying […]

Bolshoi Ballet

Bolshoi Ballet Royal Opera House, London August 14, 2006 Reviewed by Margaret Willis The Bolshoi Ballet in Go for Broke by Alexei Ratmansky Photo by Damir Yusupov, courtesy Bolshoi Ballet   Alexei Ratmansky’s two-year reign as artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet has kindled an invigorating spirit in his company, as Londoners quickly discovered. After […]

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