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Kevin Ng

09-05-01, 04:49 PM (GMT)
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"Bolshoi's 2nd programme at Drury Lane, 4 May"
 
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The Bolshoi's second programme at Drury Lane is even more enjoyable than the first, and shows off the dancers at their best. The opening work "Chopiniana" has a beautiful white floral backdrop bathed in moonlight. The corps de ballet was however not as polished and uniform as the Kirov's who had danced this ballet at Covent Garden last summer.

At the heart of the ballet was the beautiful young ballerina Svetlana Lunkina whose dancing had a pearly lustre. It was a pleasure to see her long delicate limbs etch such beautiful shapes in Fokine's choreography. And she was divine in the pas de deux, splendidly partnered by the tall and noble Andrei Uvarov. In fact this was only Lunkina's second performance in this role, after her debut in Moscow last month. In the waltz Maria Alexandrova sprang like a dart in her grands jetes.

In the second half of the evening which consisted of six divertissements, Lunkina made her debut in the pas de deux from Bournonville's "La Sylphide". (She had been coached in Moscow by Raisa Struchkova and Ekaterina Maximova.) Lunkina was an ethereal sylph, and rendered the mime with a delicious charm. James was danced by the blond dancer Dmitry Gudanov who had already captivated us in another Bournonville work in the first programme - "Flower Festival at Genzano" pas de deux. His space-devouring grands jetes and double tours en l'air in both directions were dazzling.

The second half opened with the pas de deux from Leonid Lavrovsky's "Romeo and Juliet", which the Kirov had also shown last summer, danced with a sweeping passion by Inna Petrova and Sergei Filin. Filin also returned for the last showpiece "Le Corsaire" pas de deux, partnering Maria Alexandrova. As in the first programme, Alexandrova again struck me as rather dry in her nonetheless impressive pyrotechnics, short on artistry. She managed some impressive double fouette turns and was very rapid in her diagonal of pique turns, but I noticed for instance that her supporting leg in her grands jetes was not well turned out.

In between was the grand pas de deux from Grigorovich's version of "The Sleeping Beauty", danced with grace and style by Anna Antonicheva and Andrei Uvarov. However the coda seemed rather underpowered in Grigorovich's choreography.

There was also a seldom-seen solo "Narcissus" choreographed by Goleizovsky, splendidly danced by Gennady Yanin who was a last-minute replacement for the injured Nikolai Tsiskaridze. There are lots of jumps in the choreography, and Narcissus' drowning at the end is actually quite subdued.

The highlight for me was the pas de deux from Alexander Gorsky's "La Fille Mal Gardee" which I had never seen before, set to music by Peter Hertel, unlike Ashton's version. Gorsky's airy choreography is sheer joy, and abounds in wit and technical bravura. The bravura passages necessitate frequent changes in direction. The choreography was impeccably danced by Anastasia Goriacheva and Yan Godovsky whose delightful dancing lifted the spirits.

It was gratifying to see on this occasion a much fuller house than earlier on in the week, who gave all the dancers a loud ovation at the end.


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  RE: Bolshoi's 2nd programme at Drury Lane, 4 May Naoko S 09-05-01 1
     RE: Bolshoi's 2nd programme at Drury Lane, 4 May Kevin Ng 10-05-01 2
         RE: Bolshoi's 2nd programme at Drury Lane, 4 May Naoko S 10-05-01 3
             RE: Bolshoi's 2nd programme at Drury Lane Kevin Ng 11-05-01 4
                 RE: Bolshoi's 2nd programme at Drury Lane Jane S 11-05-01 5
                     RE: Bolshoi's 2nd programme at Drury Lane Kevin Ng 12-05-01 6
                         RE: Bolshoi's 3rd programme at Drury Lane Michael LL 13-05-01 7
                             RE: Bolshoi's 3rd programme at Drury Lane alison 14-05-01 8
                             RE: Bolshoi's 3rd programme at Drury Lane Keiko 16-05-01 9

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Naoko S

09-05-01, 11:23 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Bolshoi's 2nd programme at Drury Lane, 4 May"
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   Thanks for a thorough review, Kevin. I finally caught the 2nd programme last night and was absolutely blown away by their Chopiniana. To be honest I didn't expect Bolshoi's ballet blanc could be this good, but Corps were simply excellent; of the leading ladies Maria Allash, who danced Mazurka looked best suited for the role of the sylph (shame I missed Lunkina!) ... a dream moment for a lover of romantic ballets.

What gave me a big chill was a poor attendance (again) - just over 50% at best? It's a terrible shame; they must certainly deserve better.....


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Kevin Ng

10-05-01, 02:48 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Bolshoi's 2nd programme at Drury Lane, 4 May"
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   Naoko, I am disappointed to hear about the poor attendance last night. Though you missed Svetlana Lunkina in Chopiniana, no doubt you saw her in La Sylphide pas de deux. She'll dance Dying Swan in the third programme.


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Naoko S

10-05-01, 10:58 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Bolshoi's 2nd programme at Drury Lane, 4 May"
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   >Though you missed
>Svetlana Lunkina in Chopiniana, no
>doubt you saw her in
>La Sylphide pas de deux.

No, Kevin, I didn't! Something must have happended during the weekend - La Sylphide pdd was replaced by Flower Festival at Genzano.

> She'll dance Dying Swan
>in the third programme.

Now I'm not too sure about this!



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Kevin Ng

11-05-01, 03:11 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Bolshoi's 2nd programme at Drury Lane"
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   Oh dear, I wonder why La Sylphide pas de deux was replaced. I do hope that Lunkina isn't injured. Naoko, who danced Flower Festival pdd? Was it Anastasia Goriacheva and Dmitry Gudanov, who danced it in the 1st programme? If so, Goriacheva could not have danced La Fille pdd as well.


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Jane S

11-05-01, 04:35 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Bolshoi's 2nd programme at Drury Lane"
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   Kevin - no, it's Gudanov who's injured - he's hurt his wrist, I think, but is still expected to do Spectre de la Rose tonight. I'm told Kaptsova danced La Fille and was lovely.


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Kevin Ng

12-05-01, 03:22 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Bolshoi's 2nd programme at Drury Lane"
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   Jane, thanks for your information. I wish I could spend another week in London seeing the Bolshoi's third programme.


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Michael LL

13-05-01, 04:10 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Bolshoi's 3rd programme at Drury Lane"
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   Re the 3rd programme - the hoghlights for me were the corps in Bayadere, Uvarov as Solor with the most tremendous jumps, Allash' solos as a shade and in Don Q, and the delightful Goriacheva earning the best applause of the evening for the ladies, in her solo in Flames of Paris.


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alison

14-05-01, 01:04 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Bolshoi's 3rd programme at Drury Lane"
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   That about sums it up for me too, except that from my far-too-close seat I thought the corps were looking about as wobbly and straggly as I did when they were at the Coliseum a couple of years ago. That was the same performance where at least a couple of the critics raved about how marvellous the corps were, so I look forward to reading them this time and seeing if we still disagree.


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Keiko

16-05-01, 00:59 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Bolshoi's 3rd programme at Drury Lane"
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   Could anybody tell me why Filin disappeared during the curtain call tonight (15 May) ? Is he injured ?


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