Monday 12 January 1998
Splendid carriage, princely manners and sumptuous epaulement - but that was the man in the pit. Louise Levene, The Independent's dancing mistress, was quite carried away by Viktor Fedotov, chief conductor of the Kirov Ballet, who brings out all the romantic sweetness and modern menace of Prokofiev's score and conducted with a thrilling urgency. Such vigour and zest almost makes you forget you're in the traditional but less than perfect dance space, the Royal Festival Hall. Nevertheless, the Royal Ballet has done a very good job of recreating David Walker's designs for Ashton's Cinderella. Sylvie Guillem danced the title role on opening night, but tonight sees the first pairing of Viviana Durante and William Trevitt. Durante is a star, but for absolutely no good reason that I can see, Trevitt has yet to be accorded the status he deserves. Maybe his Prince Charming will change all that. David Benedict
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