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Jenny Delaney

12-07-99, 10:36 PM (GMT)
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"Bolshoi - Spartacus"
 
   All I can say is, go and see it. Leave all critical faculties at the door, and if possible, ensure that Nadezha Gracheva is dancing Aegina - I didn't realise that the terms "elegant" and "slutty" could be used side by side. It's big, it's brash, and it makes total sense of the Bolshoi style.


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  RE: Bolshoi - Spartacus Bruce Madmin 14-07-99 1
  RE: Bolshoi - Spartacus Olga 14-07-99 2
  RE: Bolshoi - Spartacus Jane S 14-07-99 3
  RE: Bolshoi - Spartacus Stuart Sweeney 16-07-99 4

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Bruce Madmin

14-07-99, 06:45 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Bolshoi - Spartacus"
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   It is great fun - testosterone everywhere! At one point I counted 30 blokes on stage, and all looking suitably rugged and matched. No UK company could do this convincingly (and of course 'we' for our part do some other things better than the Russians). But if you want to know why its worth seeing the Bolshoi this is it.

Nina Ananiashvili has also arrived in the UK and was looking in last night. (as was Svetlana Lunkina - gentle sigh!)


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Olga

14-07-99, 04:17 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Bolshoi - Spartacus"
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   Dear Jenny,
How did you find Belogolovtsev as Spartacus?
He is my favourite Bolhoi's dancer and I'm very interesting about your impression.


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Jane S

14-07-99, 09:59 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Bolshoi - Spartacus"
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   Oh please, let Grigorovich sell the rights in Spartacus to Derek Deane - if ever a ballet cried out for the Royal Albert Hall treatment!


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Stuart Sweeney

16-07-99, 11:40 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Bolshoi - Spartacus"
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   It is fascinating the way that the Bolshoi's 'Spartacus' has divided ballet-goers into 'love-it' or 'hate-it' camps. This is typified by the reviews by Clement Crisp and Judith Mackrell in to-day's papers.

My own view was closest to Judith Mackrell's in The Guardian. If I had to sum it up, I'd say lovely dancers, shame about the steps. The corps were well-drilled and, to my eyes, technical very good, but seemed to lacked flair. I enjoyed the spectacular jumps of Belogolovtsev and he is clearly an outstanding dancer, but I'm sure that Irek brought a much greater dramatic quality to the work. In general the other soloists were good or very good, but I enjoyed at least as much seeing a selection of the RB soloists the previous week.

The most striking thing, however, is the astonishingly bad choreography, especially in the material for the corps. It is truly dire, with lots of goose-stepping and funny, ugly little jumps, presumably thought suitable for peasants. It has been described as the work that makes sense of the Bolshoi style and a signature piece. My advice would be to sign into a hotel under an assumed name.


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