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The Nutcracker, Moscow City Ballet – Richmond Theatre, London

Composer:PyotrTchaikovsky Director:VictorSmirnov­-Golanov Reviewer:CavelleLeigh Tchaikovsky'sTheNutcracker,isunfailinglylinkedtothegaietyofChristmas(andfortheeighty's childamongusHomeAlone).NevermindthenthatthisoneisperformedinFebruaryatthe RichmondTheatre,thoughquiteaptly,foraworkbythefamouscomposer,bytheMoscowCity Ballet. IttellsthestoryofyoungClara,whohastheultimateGodfatherinDrosselmeyer.Notonlydoeshe dressupasSantaandspoilherwithtoysatChristmas,hemakesthemcomealive.Cueamagical balletthathasenchantedadultsandchildrenalikeforoveracentury. Inacolourfulfirstscene,oneseesClara(YuliaZhuravleva)andherbrotherFritz(NinoUchava) eagerlyanticipatingChristmasday,duringaChristmasEvepartyheldbytheirfather.Enter'life andsoul'Drosselmeyer(SergeiSaliev)whomightbedescribedasTHEgodfather.Firstdressedas FatherChistmas,thenasamagicianhetreatsClaratotheNutcrackerDoll(thecharmingValeriy Kravtsov),MouseKingDoll(themenacingYaroslavAlekhnovich)andDoll(theplayfulMarina Larina)whomiraculouslyawakenclosetomidnight. Whatshouldunfoldisabewitchingfairytale,yetwhileitisn'twhollydisappointing,thisrather formattedproductionoffersnothingbywayoforiginality.Itretainsatraditionalstylethroughout, whichinitselfnobadthing.Howeveritappearstobesomewhatrepetitive,witheachscene notably similartothelast. Thefirstactisratherchaotic,withperhapstoomanyofthecorpsdeballetpresent forastage restrictedinsize.Unfortunatelytheylackedtheprecisionandsynchronisationonemight expectof suchthishighlyregardedcompany,anddonnedseeminglycheapcostumesthaton occasionwould bebetterplacedinaChristmaspanto. MorepromisewasshowninthesecondactwithiconicscenesliketheLandoftheSnowflakesand theWaltzoftheFlowers.MostenjoyablyistheLandoftheSweetswheretheaudienceis transportedtoArabia,SpainandChinainamedleyofexoticdanceperformedbyEkaterina Tokareva,EkaterinaOdarenko,ElenaKotelkinaandMikharuNishi.Assolo,pasdedeuxorpas detrois,ballerinasoftheMoscowCityBallettrulyshowtheirstrength.TheNutcrackerPrince (KanatNadyrbek),theMouseKing(TalgatKozhabaev),theFlowerFairy(LiliyaOrekhova)and againClara(Zhuravleva)alldisplayedcontrolledandgiftedtechnique,leavingtheimpression oncemorethatthecorpsdeballet,oftenstatic,weresurplustorequirements. Overallthisadaptationleavesoneunaffectedeitherway.OnefeelsthattheMoscowCityBallet hasmuchpotentialbutalittlemorecreativityandperfectionismwouldnotgounrewarded. Runsuntil2nd March (then touring)

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Swan Lake – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Music: Tchaikovsky Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Sergi Bobrov Reviewer: Lu Greer Swan Lake is seen by many to be the quintessential ballet as it brings a combination of classic costumes, well known music, and classic dance. As the Russian State Ballet of Siberia is known for keeping their productions very traditional, there was a chance that this performance would ...

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BalletBoyz­ theTALENT – Richmond Theatre, London

Choreographers:RussellMaliphant,LiamScarlett Reviewer:CavelleLeigh   BalletBoyz-theTALENT offers an innovative and refreshing take on ballet as an art form, presenting it as a compelling piece of physical theatre rather than the linear storytelling typical of traditional ballet. It opens with a short video explaining what the highly talented all male dance troupe led by former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, ...

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Sleeping Beauty– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Music: Tchaikovsky Director: Valentina Sudakova Reviewer: Lu Greer Sleeping Beauty is a fairy tale which has seen many incarnations, from multiple ballet companies to pantomimes, which often means that new runs of it are forced to try and modernise and to adapt their performances. The Russian State Ballet, however, chooses to keep things very traditional in both costume and in ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: The Prince of the Pagodas – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Benjamin Britten Director and Choreographer: David Bintley Conductor: Koen Kessels Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Staging ‘The Prince of the Pagodas’, Benjamin Britten’s only full-length ballet, presents difficulties for producers. The score is too long for comfort and suggests tenderness rather than the grand passion of love. David Bintley’s imaginative new production for the Birmingham Royal Ballet solves some, but not ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – Milton Keynes Theatre

Music: Tchaikovsky Director and Choeographer: Matthew Bourne Set and Costume Designer: Lez Brotherston Reviewer: Maggie Constable What more can one say about Matthew Bourne and his New Adventures Company that has not already been said?! A rhetorical question really since his productions, and in particular his Swan Lake, are responsible for selling both classical ballet and contemporary dance to UK ...

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The Moscow City Ballet, Swan Lake – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Music: Tchaikovsky Artistic Director: Ludmila Nerubashenko Reviewer: Rosella Barnes The Moscow City Ballet truly excel themselves with this stunning performance of Swan Lake. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, now under the dedicated eye of Ludmila Nerubashenko, Moscow City Ballet’s distinctive style of Russian classical ballet can’t help but please everyone in the audience. With the unmistakable score by Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake ...

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Russian State Ballet of Siberia: Giselle – The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Music: Adolphe Adam Choreographer: Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa and Leonid Lavrosky Artistic Director: Sergei Bobrov Reviewer: Paul Jones [rating:4] The Grand Theatre welcomed The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia to its wet and windy shores for a 3 night run of some of the worlds most famous ballets. The first of the shows was Giselle, often ...

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