Ballet

Dance review: The Flames of Paris - Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev

When ex-Bolshoi Ballet stars Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev dance, stunned gasps rise up from the theatre: a collective “oh” of wonder and delight. Returning for a guest appearance with their former company, Vasiliev and Osipova give the Bolshoi’s London season an astonishing boost, as high and exhilarating as their soaring jumps. They lift everything around them.

Dance review: Carlos Acosta – Classical Selection, The Royal Ballet,

Carlos Acosta is a generous host. Classical Selection, a programme celebrating the ballet star’s 40th birthday, is much more substantial than most galas. Looking back over his own career, Acosta also makes the most of his colleagues from The Royal Ballet. It’s a lavish but surprisingly intimate evening, with superb dancing, live music and a friendly sense of scale.

Ballet review: A Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev, London Coliseum

2013 marks 75 years since the birth of Rudolf Nureyev, twenty since his death. English National Ballet’s new triple bill pays tribute to one of ballet’s greatest stars, and to the range of his career, which stretched from classicism of his Russian schooling to the new and older ballets he discovered on defecting to the west. ENB’s tribute is wide in scope but patchy in execution.

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Dance review: Laurencia, London Coliseum, London

Laurencia, which continues the Mikhailovsky Ballet’s London season, is a curious hybrid. The Spanish dances, castanets and local colour suggest the exotic ballets of the 19th century, with the addition of a Soviet-friendly tale of a peasant uprising. Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev make sensational rebel leaders, drawing the mix together.

Dance review: Don Quixote, London Coliseum

Natalia Osipova suddenly launches herself sideways, sailing through the air to land in the arms of Ivan Vasiliev, half a stage away. The Mikhailovsky Ballet’s Don Quixote is full of impossible feats, performed with swaggering charm.