Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev were the Bolshoi's golden couple – on stage and off. But their love affair is over and they're flirting with new kinds of dance. Judith Mackrell asks them what's going on.
Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is instantly enchanted and determines to break the curse that holds her captive.
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
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.
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.