Extraordinary performers can enliven and elevate even the most dreary of choreography and, in today’s dance marketplace, the current superstars – Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev – could probably sell tickets to perform the hokey cokey (even if jus
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.