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Performer: Bolshoi Ballet

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Tilting at windmills: Bolshoi’s Don Quixote cranks into top gear

Margarita Shrainer (Kitri) and Igor Tsvirko (Basilio) © Natalia Voronova
Fiery footwork from Margarita Shrainer and Igor Tsvirko kick life into Fadeyechev’s version of Don Quixote
****1
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Bolshoi Ballet delivers the laughs in Ratmansky's The Bright Stream

The Bright Stream © Natalia Voronova
This bright, brief and breezy production is occasionally hard to follow, but nonetheless soaked in rustic charm.
***11
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The Bolshoi's Swan Lake simmers, but the corps shines

Semyon Chudin (Siegfried) and Olga Smirnova (Odette) © Natalia Voronova
Near perfection from the corps de ballet represent the Bolshoi at its very best during its Royal Opera House residency.
***11
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Спартак Большого завоевывает Ковент-Гарден

Denis Rodkin (Spartacus) © Damir Yusupov
To read this review in the original English, please click here.Большой, храбрый, напористый. Если вы хотите посмотреть, как танцуют балет «Спартак», к вашим услугам только одна труппа: Большой балет.
*****
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The Bolshoi’s Spartacus conquers Covent Garden

Denis Rodkin (Spartacus) © Damir Yusupov
Subtlety has no place here. Go for the explosive male dancing and two contrasting female leads.
*****
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