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Your Reaction: The Bolshoi at the Royal Opera House 2016

What did you think of the Russian company's performances at Covent Garden this year?

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

15 August 2016 at 3.18pm | 9 Comments

Don Quixote

What did you think of Alexei Fadeyechev’s dazzling restaging of the Petipa classic?

https://twitter.com/kate_taylor/status/758429379592589313

Press reviews:
Don Quixote
The Stage ★★★★★
Financial Times ★★★★★
Guardian ★★★★
The Arts Desk ★★★★
Independent ★★★★
The Telegraph ★★★★
Bachtrack ★★★★
Evening Standard ★★★
The Spectator (no rating)

Swan Lake

What did you think of the Russian company's spellbinding adaptation by Yuri Grigorovich?

https://twitter.com/ElisabReyes/status/763443788111048704

Press Reviews:
Swan Lake

The Arts Desk ★★★★
The Telegraph ★★★★
The Times ★★★

The Taming of the Shrew

What did you think of The Bolshoi’s acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s boisterous comedy?

Press reviews:
The Taming of the Shrew
Bachtrack ★★★★ ★
Evening Standard ★★★★
Financial Times ★★★★
The Guardian ★★★★
The Telegraph ★★★★
The Times ★★★★
The Arts Desk ★★★

The Flames of Paris

What did you think of Alexei Ratmansky’s captivating revival of Vasily Vainonen’s The Flames of Paris?

Press reviews:
The Flames of Paris

The Times ★★★★★
The Arts Desk ★★★★
Bachtrack ★★★★
Evening Standard ★★★★
The Telegraph ★★★★
The Stage ★★★★

Le Corsaire

What did you think of Bolshoi’s production of Petipa’s grand classic?

 

Press reviews:
Le Corsaire

Bachtrack ★★★★
Financial Times ★★★★
Evening Standard ★★★
The Telegraph ★★★

What did you think of the Bolshoi’s residency?
Add your review below.

 

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

15 August 2016 at 3.18pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by the Bolshoi, Covent Garden, Dance, Don Quioxte, review, ROH, Social Media, Swan Lake, The Bolshoi, The Flames of Paris, The Taming of the Shrew, theatre, tweets, twitter, What to do

This article has 9 comments

  1. Roger Taylor responded on 15 August 2016 at 11:09pm Reply

    Having seen Giselle earlier this year we enjoyed hearing Adam's score. We enjoyed the lavish Bolshoi sets and the skilful dancing with the amazing attention to detail.

  2. Steve Clark responded on 16 August 2016 at 10:06am Reply

    Thoroughly enjoyed the Bolshoi's Flames of Paris on 6/8/16 with Kristina Kretova and Vyacheslav Lopatin (despite a couple of stumbles). Act 2 better than Act 1. Confirmed my longtime suspicions that whilst the Bolshoi are undoubtably one of the World's leading companies, the Royal Ballet are THE World's leading Ballet Company!

  3. Robin Smith responded on 16 August 2016 at 12:48pm Reply

    A highlight of the summer for me having witnessed all 5 productions and 3 of them twice. The strength in depth of the dancers is astonishing and the Orchestra is consistantly good.

    One quibble - why not remove the front curtain for the whole of all performances ? It would improve sight lines for those on tighter budgets.

  4. Nick B responded on 16 August 2016 at 6:41pm Reply

    I thought Don Quixote with Maria Alexandrova and Vladislav Lantratov was magical. Le Corsaire, I thought, was too long in Acts 1 and 3, but Act 2 was wonderful. Terrific company, excellent orchestra. A privilege to be able to see them in London, Can't wait for the new Royal Ballet season!

  5. Thoroughly enjoyed Fadeyechev's new production of Don Quixote - the characterisation, the designs and the character dances were beautifully done. Maria Alexandrova and Vladislav Lantratov were stunning. Also saw performances on other nights: Olga Smirnova, Semyon Chudin, Artem Ovcharenko, Yulia Stepanova and Nina Kaptsova are simply brilliant. The company is on top form!

  6. karenb responded on 18 August 2016 at 11:18pm Reply

    I was there for first night Don q - many sharp intakes of breath around me when curtain went up at the beginning of each act. Visually stunning and technically superb through all ranks of the company. However, dramatically they are no match for our Royal Ballet dancers. I found myself missing Marianela Nunez about ten minutes in to act 1. Then went to Le Corsaire last sat mat. Hugely disappointed. It was too long and in parts boring. I preferred ENB's version. Can't wait for new RB season !

  7. seejaybe responded on 19 August 2016 at 6:43pm Reply

    This was a Corsaire that could benefit from cutting and, though superbly danced, the big pas de deux surprised in both content and costume. Once again, The Bolshoi Orchestra proved themselves supreme interpreters of this eclectic score and are undoubtedly the world's best pit
    band. Dress code guidelines need to be re-introduced and all mobile phones blocked within the actual auditorium.

    • Robin Smith responded on 20 August 2016 at 2:21pm

      Mobile phones agreed.

      Please clarify the dress code statement remembering that the tax payer subsidises this venue.

  8. natascha lancaster responded on 23 August 2016 at 7:02pm Reply

    I absolutely loved The Taming of the Shrew and would love to see it again. E. Krysanova is sublime. And A. Tikhomirova is too.
    Le Corsaire seemed a bit old-fashioned in comparison but still amazing. The Corps de ballet were just perfect.

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