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Apollo/ A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mariinsky Ballet, Royal Opera House

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

Apollo/ A Midsummer Night's Dream, Royal Opera House: a heavenly double bill from the Mariinsky Ballet

A rarely seen ballet is a revelation - as is a young dancer from Hull - in the Mariinsky's double bill at the Royal Opera House.

Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake review memorable flashes of brilliance

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

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev – Solo for Two: Mercy, Passo, Facada – London

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.

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev, London Coliseum, dance review: 'Guts and conviction but only glimpses of their talent'

Solo for Two brings together two of the most exciting dancers in the world, and doesn’t quite know what to do with them.

Solo for Two , Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev at the London Coliseum

Two of ballet's brightest stars, Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev dwelve into contemporary repertoire. Performances at the London Coliseum, with works by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Ohad Naharin and Arthur Pita.

Solo for Two – Natalia Osipova & Ivan Vasiliev in Mercy / Passo / Facada

Last week the Coliseum saw 49-year-old Sylvie Guillem and 53-year-old Russell Maliphant showing what classically trained bodies can do with contemporary dance at an age when many are hanging up their dancing shoes, in exquisite display.

Simple pleasures

According to some textbooks, one thing the fathers of Soviet choreography hastened to remove from ballet was that awkward-looking language of gestures generally referred to as ‘ballet mime’. Which explains why most Russian versions of Swan Lake lack f

Behind the scenes with the Mariinsky Ballet in class

Exclusive: watch the world famous Mariinsky Ballet in their daily class

Romeo and Juliet review: A disappointing head-scratcher from the Maryinsky Ballet

WITH disconnected dancers and repetitive choreography, the legendary Russian ballet company fails to live up to its reputation.