Review from The FT.
The Nutcracker makes few demands on the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet's tradition of psychological excavation. This benign new production has barely a thought in its pretty head, except to sprinkle icing-sugar with a lavish hand. MORE
Designer Vladimir Arefyev surrounds the ballet with snow-white papercuts. It nicely touches base with Russian folk art, but also looks as if he blew the design budget on doilies. His party is set in an Empire-line 19th century, while bright pom-poms cover the fairyland costumes like tiny scoops of sorbet.
And from The Telegraph.
Those who love a traditional Nutcracker and who can't be doing with English National Ballet's cartoons at the Hammersmith Apollo, Matthew Bourne's naughtiness at Sadler's Wells or Scottish Ballet's heart of darkness in Edinburgh could do worse than to book up for the Stanislavsky company from Moscow. MORE
And The Independent.
For a company founded in 1929, the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet look awfully young. The dancers are eager and energetic, but still raw. There isn't the polish or assurance of a company style to hold them together. MORE
The name suggests a dramatic emphasis, the company's old connection to the Moscow Arts Theatre and Stanislavsky's famous acting "method". In fact, this Nutcracker, credited to Vasily Vainonen, rushes over the ballet's plot, avoiding mime wherever possible. Dancers look adrift in character roles. The grandmother of the party scene is surely no older than the girls playing little-boy guests. Her age is represented by a crinoline, and she moves too lightly inside those heavy skirts.
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