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Performer: Simon Virsaladze

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Khachaturian: Spartacus
Yuri Grigorovich; Bavarian State Ballet; Karen Durgaryan; Simon Virsaladze

MunichSpartacus

Spartacus
Khachaturian: Spartacus
Yuri Grigorovich; Bavarian State Ballet; Karen Durgaryan; Simon Virsaladze; Bayerisches Staatsorchester
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Ivan the Terrible

Svelana Zakharova and Mikhail Lobhukin © Damir Yusupov
Mikhail Lobukhin gives a stunning performance as Ivan in the bolshoi's production of Ivan The Terrible
*****
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A Musical Nutcracker at the Bolshoi

© Damir Yusupov | Bolshoi Theatre
The Bolshoi chooses musicality and technique over special effects with Yuri Grigorovich's beloved classic.
****1
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The Golden Age revived at the Bolshoi

Nina Kaptsova (Rita) and Michael Lobukhin (Yasha) © Damir Yusupov | Boshoi Theatre
While the ballet's libretto is dated, The Golden Age can, when performed by great artists, be both an entertaining and emotionally satisfying ballet.
****1
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The Mariinsky Ballet starts its US tour with a performance of polished surfaces

Oxana Skorik © Natasha Razina
Mixed feelings form the Mariinsky Ballet's first performance of Raymonda in Washington. A shortfall in story-telling and emotional communication despite the polished dancing. 
***11
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A 5 Nutcracker* from Moscow

© Damir Yusupov
The Bolshoi Ballet's Nutcracker's simple narrative spans both acts with no extraneous characters and activities.
*****
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