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Violetta Elvin obituary
Influential Russian-born ballet dancer who joined the Sadler’s Wells company in London just after the second world war

Judith Cruickshank

06, Jun, 2021 @12:14 PM

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Top 10 books about ballet | Erin Kelly
From Noel Streatfeild to David Hallberg, this is a literature of passion and madness, ambition and addiction

Erin Kelly

26, May, 2021 @12:39 PM

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Bolshoi's return stumbles after performers test positive for Covid-19
Realities of the pandemic intervene in Russian theatre’s bold plans for new season

Shaun Walker in Moscow

23, Sep, 2020 @4:00 AM

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Svetlana Zakharova review – Bolshoi ballerina cuts chic shapes as Chanel
A stylish riff on Coco Chanel’s place in ballet history and a regal mocking of Handel make a double bill where style outshines insight

Lyndsey Winship

04, Dec, 2019 @11:29 AM

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Blackface and Fu Manchu moustaches: does ballet have a race problem?
From the Chinese scene in Nutcracker to the Moor in Petrushka, are some ballets now offensively outdated? We ask big names in dance if they should be preserved, changed – or binned

Lyndsey Winship

20, Nov, 2019 @2:59 PM

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Bolshoi Ballet: Don Quixote review – makes the heart sing
The Bolshoi’s London residency concludes with more bravura old-school brilliance

Sarah Crompton

25, Aug, 2019 @7:00 AM

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The week in dance: The Crucible; The Bright Stream – review
Edinburgh Playhouse; Royal Opera House, London
Helen Pickett’s inspired new reworking of an American classic is a keeper. And the Bolshoi’s comic turns on a collective farm prove irresistible

Sarah Crompton

11, Aug, 2019 @7:00 AM

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The Bright Stream review – Bolshoi's gentle farce brings big guffaws
Alexei Ratmansky’s choreography – to Shostakovich’s score full of melody and gusto – is agile and substantial and, with its cross-dressing sylph and dog on a bicycle, full of humour

Lyndsey Winship

08, Aug, 2019 @3:56 PM

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Spartacus review – a rollicking night out with the Bolshoi
What this Soviet-era ballet lacks in subtlety it makes up for in sheer virtuosity and spectacle

Roslyn Sulcas

04, Aug, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Spartacus review – a grand display of power from the Bolshoi's army
Identically drilled dancers and an epic cinematic score are the driving forces behind Yuri Grigorovich’s slave rebellion story

Lyndsey Winship

30, Jul, 2019 @12:11 PM

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Ballet legend Beryl Grey: 'It’s amazing what the human body can take'
She did Swan Lake on her 15th birthday, collaborated with the combustible Rudolf Nureyev and was the first westerner to perform with the Bolshoi. The dame reflects on a life in dance

Lyndsey Winship

18, Jul, 2019 @5:00 AM

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The Bolshoi Ballet review – Russian greats are big, bold and bombastic in Brisbane
Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
For 51 years, Bolshoi’s take on Spartacus has been considered definitive. It debuted in Brisbane as part of a double-bill that runs until 7 July

Olivia Stewart

29, Jun, 2019 @1:00 AM

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