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Moscow City Ballet: The Nutcracker – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Scene from Moscow City Ballet's The Nutcracker

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov Conductor: Igor Shark Reviewer: Sarah O’Toole Although the end of the holiday season has just past, Moscow City Ballet’s production of seasonal favourite The Nutcracker still manages to hold on to the magic of the season as they make a welcome return to the Palace Theatre in Manchester. The ballet which is filled ...

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Swan Lake – Festival Theatre, Chichester

Moscow City Ballet corps de ballet and leads

Composer:  Pyotr Tchaikovsky Conductor: Igor Shavruk Reviewer: Bill Avenell   It is that time of year again when the Moscow City Ballet visits Chichester and, if Swan Lake at the Festival Theatre is anything to go by, 2016 will have more positives than negatives. One such indication is that, whereas sometimes in the past the Moscow City Ballet Orchestra has sounded a ...

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Moscow City Ballet, Swan Lake – Opera House, Manchester


Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky Artistic Director: Lyudmila Nerubashchenko Conductor: Igor Shavruk Reviewer: Donna Kelly There have been many interpretations of Swan Lake over the years, but Moscow City Ballet’s latest performance of the famous classical ballet is one of the best. Swan Lake tells the story of Prince Siegfried and his love for Odette, a beautiful princess turned into a white ...

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Giselle – Moscow City Ballet – Opera House, Manchester


Music: Adolphe Adam Version & Direction: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov Choreography: Jules Perrot, Jean Correli, Marius Petipa, Leonid Lavrovsky, Victor Smirnov-Golovanov Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Giselle is one of the few surviving ‘white’ Romantic ballets, first performed in Paris in 1841, created by Jules Perrot and Jean Correli. Much of their version apparently survives, augmented by the 1884 production by the legendary Marius Petipa ...

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Giselle – Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester  


Composer: Adolphe Adam Artistic Director: Lyudmila Nerubaschenko Reviewer: Bill Avenell Chichester Festival Theatre even with its revamp may not be quite the Royal Opera House and Liliya Orekhova and Talgat Kozhabaev not quite in the league of Fonteyn and Nuryev but in their current tour The Moscow City Ballet and two of its established principals give a lovely interpretation of ...

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The Nutcracker, Moscow City Ballet – Richmond Theatre, London

Nutcracker, Richmond Theatre

Composer: Pyotr Tchaikovsky Director:  Victor Smirnov­-Golanov Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, is unfailingly linked to the gaiety of Christmas (and for the eighty's child among us Home Alone). Never mind then that this one is performed in February at the Richmond Theatre, though quite aptly, for a work by the famous composer, by the Moscow City Ballet. It tells the story of young Clara, who has the ultimate Godfather in Drosselmeyer. Not only does he dress up as Santa and spoil her with toys at Christmas, he makes them come alive. Cue a magical ballet that has enchanted adults and children alike for over a century. In a colourful first scene, one sees Clara (Yulia Zhuravleva) and her brother Fritz (Nino Uchava) eagerly anticipating Christmas day, during a Christmas Eve party held by their father. Enter 'life and soul' Drosselmeyer (Sergei Saliev) who might be described as THE godfather. First dressed as Father Chistmas, then as a magician he treats Clara to the Nutcracker Doll (the charming Valeriy Kravtsov), Mouse King Doll (the menacing Yaroslav Alekhnovich) and Doll (the playful Marina Larina) who miraculously awaken close to midnight. What should unfold is a bewitching fairytale, yet while it isn't wholly disappointing, this rather formatted production offers nothing by way of originality. It retains a traditional style throughout, which in itself no bad thing. However it appears to be somewhat repetitive, with each scene notably similar to the last. The first act is rather chaotic, with perhaps too many of the corps de ballet present for a stage restricted in size. Unfortunately they lacked the precision and synchronisation one might expect of such this highly regarded company, and donned seemingly cheap costumes that on occasion would be better placed in a Christmas panto. More promise was shown in the second act with iconic scenes like the Land of the Snowflakes and the  Waltz of the Flowers. Most enjoyably is the Land of the Sweets where the audience is transported to Arabia, Spain and China in a medley of exotic dance performed by Ekaterina Tokareva, Ekaterina Odarenko, Elena Kotelkina and Mikharu Nishi.  As solo, pas de deux or pas de trois, ballerinas of the Moscow City Ballet truly show their strength. The Nutcracker Prince (Kanat Nadyrbek), the Mouse King (Talgat  Kozhabaev), the Flower Fairy (Liliya Orekhova) and again Clara (Zhuravleva) all displayed controlled and gifted technique, leaving the impression once more that the corps de ballet, often static, were surplus to requirements. Overall this adaptation leaves one unaffected either way. One feels that the Moscow City Ballet has much potential but a little more creativity and perfectionism would not go unrewarded. Runs until 2nd March  (then touring)

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The Moscow City Ballet, Swan Lake – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

The Moscow City Ballet, Swan Lake – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Music: Tchaikovsky Artistic Director: Ludmila Nerubashenko Reviewer: Rosella Barnes The Moscow City Ballet truly excel themselves with this stunning performance of Swan Lake. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, now under the dedicated eye of Ludmila Nerubashenko, Moscow City Ballet’s distinctive style of Russian classical ballet can’t help but please everyone in the audience. With the unmistakable score by Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake ...

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Moscow City Ballet: The Nutcracker – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Moscow City Ballet

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director & Choreographer: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov (after Marius Petipa) Reviewer: Fiona Hannon What better way to clear away the post-Christmas blues than with a warm and sparkling production of The Nutcracker? This perennial Christmas favourite enthralled an audience at Sheffield's Lyceum Theatre on a chilly January evening. This production is part of Moscow City Ballet's 25th anniversary ...

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