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Work: Raymonda

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ComposerGlazunov, Alexander Konstantinovich (1865-1936)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeDance
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RigaRaymonda

© Andris Tone
Glazunov: Raymonda
Marius Petipa; Aivars Leimanis; Latvian National Ballet; Farhads Stade; Ināra Gauja

TokyoRaymonda

Raymonda
Glazunov: Raymonda
Marius Petipa; Asami Maki; The National Ballet of Japan; Alexei Baklan; Luisa Spinatelli
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A triple bill of mixed delights at The Royal Ballet

Concerto: Reece Clarke and Lauren Cuthbertson © ROH | Tristram Kenton
The first mixed programme of the new season is led by a stellar cast.
****1
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Pas de deux for toes and fingers

Svetlana Zakharova in Revelation © Pierluigi Abbondanza
Superstar husband-and-wife team, renowned violinist Vadim Repin and "tsarina of the dance" Svetlana Zakharova, go on a date and take us with them. The music fared much better than the ballet.
***11
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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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Olga Smirnova Debuts in Raymonda

© Janet Ward
Olga Smirnova's performance as Raymonda, at the Bolshoi, was nothing short of extraordinary. 
*****
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English National Ballet shows its strengths in a triple bill inspired by Rudolf Nureyev

Rudolf Nureyev was born in 1938 and died in 1993, making 2013 the 75th anniversary of his birth and the 20th of his death. English National Ballet have cause to be deeply grateful to Nureyev: he gave them (in their previous incarnation as London Festival Ballet) their popular Romeo and Juliet, and lent his box-office appeal as a principal dancer to numerous other productions.
****1
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