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Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Opera House: Soaring stars rescue a stale hero

The Mariinsky Ballet opens its London season with radiant young lovers in a creaky old production.

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev rehearse Solo for Two in pictures

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev rehearse in California for the English National Operas performance of Solo for Two at Londons Coliseum from 6 to 9 August.

All change for Osipova and Vasiliev

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.

Swan Lake - Mariinsky Ballet - Royal Opera House

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.

Mariinsky Ballet – Swan Lake, Stepanova/Parish cast – London

In Konstantin Sergeyev’s 1950 production of  Swan Lake for the (then) Kirov Ballet, Siegfried has no back story.

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.