This was the most eagerly anticipated programme of the Mariinsky visit - something old, something borrowed and something new. The old, that colourful fairytale of Stravinsky’s lush, melodious youth, The Firebird; the new, a recent acquisition by the Lon
Royal Opera House, LondonThe Mariinsky's joyful dancing does much to make up for Balanchine's occasional lack of choreographic imaginationBalanchine's A Midsummer Nights Dream is little known in Britain, and for all those steeped in Ashton's well-loved ve
After the powerful masterpieces of two of their time-honoured Russian classics – Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake – the Mariinsky Ballet paid homage to one of its former dancers who went on to make his mark in America – the great George Balanchine.
The ballerina claque wars that generally accompany visits here by the Mariinsky Ballet are raging particularly feverishly this year, but all argument falls silent when Uliana Lopatkina makes one of her increasingly rare appearances. S
Royal Opera House, LondonOksana Skorik shows great potential, though for impeccable Russian flair look no further than Yorkshire's Xander ParishThe story of 25-year-old Oksana Skorik, first soloist of the Mariinsky Ballet, is not an entirely happy one. T
Osipova and Vasiliev understand their value at the top of the ballet tree and earlier than most great dancers, are getting stuck into contemporary work very different from the bold performances in blockbuster ballets they are so loved for.