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28-06-99, 12:30 PM (GMT)
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"Bolshoi in today's Times"
   There's an article by Debra Craine in today's (Mon) Times about the impending visit by the Bolshoi. It sounds pretty positive - oh, and it betrays the fact that they have a far vaster repertoire, but that the Coliseum rep has been dictated by the promoters!

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  RE: Bolshoi in today's Times Stuart Sweeney 28-06-99 1
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Stuart Sweeney

28-06-99, 01:04 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Bolshoi in today's Times"
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   A good read indeed and the URL is:


It is a shame that safe options have again dominated the Hochhausers choosing of the repertoire. As I understand it, the RB insisted on one serious triple bill last time at the Coli. Maybe the Bolshoi did as they were told and did not dig their heals in for at least part of the repertoire.

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Eugene Merrett

28-06-99, 02:27 PM (GMT)
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   I am delighted that the Bolshoi are doing standard repertoire. I cannot think of any thing good that has come from the Soviet choreography. Everything about Soviet choreography I have seen (on video) has been absolutely awful.

It is very telling that the Soviets have never created a choreographer to rival Ashton and MacMillan or even Balanchine. It seems that the great cultural tradition of Russia came to crashing end when the Soviets came to power!

Whilst the British and the Americans have made classical ballet a serious art form the Soviets have kept as a museum (Kirov's own words) or a tawdry circus act! So much for Russia venerating ballet! No wonder why the Americans won the cold war!

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