Ballet

A Russian Gem: Mariinsky Ballet's Swan Lake

The Mariinsky Ballet strike a unique balance between technique, dramatic dancing and emotional power.

Swan Lake, Mariinsky Ballet, Covent Garden, review: 'momentous'

No performance of Swan Lake has ever been perfect, but the Mariinsky came close at Covent Garden, says Laura Thompson.

Poetry In Motion: Russell Maliphant And Sylvie Guillem In PUSH

When PUSH, a triple-showcase for the talents of choreographer Russell Maliphant, dancer Sylvie Guillem and lighting designer Michael Hulls, premiered in 2005 it was praised for both the mesmerising beauty of the dance material and the beguiling performan

Romeo and Juliet, Mariinsky, Covent Garden, review: 'intense'

Xander Parish has a stage presence that is at odds with this rather static production, says Laura Thompson.

Coppélia at ENB

At the end of a season filled with dramatic ballets like Romeo and Juliet, and angst-inducing abstract pieces where the dancers seemed to be carrying the world on their shoulders (sometimes literally!), ENB’s Coppélia came as a breath of fresh air.

Mariinsky Ballet – Romeo and Juliet, Vishneva/Shklyarov cast – London

When the Bolshoi Ballet first performed Leonid Lavrovsky’s Romeo and Juliet in London in 1956, audiences were overwhelmed by its dramatic intensity and lavish designs, as well as by Galina Ulanova’s performance as Juliet.

Romeo & Juliet - Mariinsky Ballet - Royal Opera House

The Mariinsky season opens with Lavrovsky and Prokofiev's iconic telling of Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers.

Romeo and Juliet, Royal Opera House, London

With Diana Vishneva a lustrous Juliet and Vladimir Shklyarov her blazing Romeo, Leonid Lavrovsky’s celebrated 1940 ballet is still eloquent.

Romeo and Juliet, Mariinsky, Covent Garden, review: 'irresistible'

Diana Vishneva and Vladimir Shklyarov, who take the lead roles in the Mariinsky's first night of Romeo and Juliet, deliver captivating performances, says Mark Monahan.

Mariinsky Ballet: Romeo and Juliet review leads save dated classic

The violence is hammy, as are some performances in Lavrovsky's seminal ballet, but Vladimir Shklyarov and Diana Vishneva are nearly flawless.