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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Jun 29, 2003 12:06 pm ]
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Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet return to London's Royal Festival Hall for Christmas 2003. They are a fine Company and I'm looking forward to their 3-week season.


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Nutcracker details

<img src="http://www.rfh.org.uk/main/images/series/SwanLake.gif" alt="" />

Swan Lake details

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Author:  sugar plum fairy [ Wed Jul 02, 2003 1:37 am ]
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Pity they never decided to do a mini tour with Nutcracker/Swan Lake as i would have liked to have seen the performances and i doubt i can get to the Royal Festival Hall!!

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Dec 06, 2003 4:17 am ]
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Just noticed your comment from ages ago. I'm sorry too that there isn't a traditional Nutcracker in Scotland. On the other hand sugar plum, feel pleased for the dancers who have a 3-week run in one theatre, as opposed to trailing round the country in coaches and a series of stages each with their own problems.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Dec 06, 2003 4:18 am ]
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Something new
The Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet finds fresh perspectives in its new
production of the Christmas ballet The Nutcracker, says JEFFERY TAYLOR for The South Bank Magazine

On a hot and sunny late-summer weekend in
Moscow, during a City of Moscow Festival
celebrated with street parties and fireworks, a
group of Russian dancers went searching for
the balletic Holy Grail: the perfect performance
of The Nutcracker.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Dec 14, 2003 1:45 am ]
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Dance: Faster, higher, stronger?
There’s more to Russian ballet than the Bolshoi, as the Stanislavsky company shows in dramatic style, says Clifford Bishop


I first saw the Stanislavsky Ballet perform because of a ticket tout. He was standing outside the Bolshoi, but gestured emphatically across the road towards the home of “Moscow’s second company”: “You should go see them instead. They’re better.”

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Tue Dec 16, 2003 12:20 am ]
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It's like Lokomotiv vs Spartak. But in tutus
How does the Stanislavsky Ballet survive as a neighbour to the world-renowned Bolshoi? With adventurous programming, says Jenny Gilbert for The Independent on Sunday. And a bit of help from the mayor...

You don't need to have been intimate with the USSR to be struck by the changes in Putin's Moscow. From the Cyrillic-branded mineral water you buy at the corner kiosk, to the mile after mile of building works, to the hoardings flogging luxury German cars - everything speaks of a newly aspirational city scrambling to make up for lost time.

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Author:  Emma Pegler [ Wed Dec 31, 2003 12:22 am ]
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The Nutcracker
By Debra Craine
The Times


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LONDON certainly loves its Nutcrackers. This year there are no fewer than three productions running concurrently in the capital, and the producers behind them must believe that there is sufficient audience out there to keep them all in festive cheer.
Sadler’s Wells has Matthew Bourne’s droll version, inspired by his childhood love of MGM musicals and visions of Busby Berkeley; the Hammersmith Apollo has English National Ballet’s jokey production, designed in outlandish fashion by the cartoonist Gerald Scarfe. But if it’s a traditional Nutcracker you want, head for the Festival Hall.
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Author:  Emma Pegler [ Sun Jan 04, 2004 5:52 am ]
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The Nutcracker
Zoë Anderson
The Independent

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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.
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Author:  Joanne [ Tue Jan 06, 2004 1:37 am ]
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Review from The FT.

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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.

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.

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And from The Telegraph.

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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.

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And The Independent.

Quote:
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.

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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Author:  Emma Pegler [ Sun Jan 11, 2004 4:12 am ]
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Dance: A hard nut to crack
Two tasty takes on one old favourite. And thankfully, these are opposites that attract. By Clifford Bishop
The Times

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Perhaps it is the hovering spirit of the author and fantasist ETA Hoffmann, but there is something about The Nutcracker that stubbornly resists all attempts at good taste and moderation. Even the most conservative productions have their moments of blissful insanity, and in the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet’s version at the Festival Hall, these tend to concentrate around the mice: an S&M legion of PVC-armoured, pointy-masked gimps that crawl toward young Masha (the owner of the Nutcracker) as if they would rather have a mistress than a Mouse King. But when their ruler arrives, he combines both functions in one chiffon-caped, feather-crowned entity, swishing his sword, essaying Tiller Girl kicks at his enemies and reeling around like Larry Grayson with the vapours
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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Wed Jan 14, 2004 2:31 am ]
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Traditionalism with a tin ear
Ismene Brown for The Daily Telegraph reviews The Nutcracker performed by the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet at the Festival Hall.


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.

Given their origins, you might wonder whether their version won't be even more histrionic and psychologically insistent than all the others.

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Author:  kurinuku [ Mon Jan 03, 2005 5:39 am ]
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Sugar plum with aplomb

by JANN PARRY
the Observer

A tried and tested Russian Nutcracker has provided the answer to the South Bank's quest for festive fare (to 9 January). The Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet has brought, for the second year running, Vasily Vainonen's vintage Soviet version, dating back to 1934. Fresh designs by Vladimir Arefyev have been specially adapted for the Festival Hall's makeshift stage.
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Author:  kurinuku [ Mon Jan 03, 2005 7:03 am ]
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Quote:
A cracker with youth on its side

by ZOE ANDERSON
the Independent

What a difference a year can make. Last Christmas, the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet's The Nutcracker was a sellout, on the strength of that name and the promise of a traditional production. The performance that I saw then was decidedly shaky. This is the same company, the same production, but it's now a much livelier show.
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Author:  kurinuku [ Thu Jan 06, 2005 5:21 am ]
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The Nutcracker Royal Festival Hall, London

by CLEMENT CRISP
the Financial Times

More an idée reçue than a ballet, and that [/i]idée[i] not worth a second thought, Nutcracker is now a seasonal hazard, like our train and postal services and those numbing letters in which people chronicle the unspeakable activities of their family throughout the past year.

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It also offers little choreography of interest, and I wish the principals I saw on Tuesday night could have studied how the Kirov's Irina Kolpakova and Vladilen Semyonov once upon a time created crystalline poetry from its workaday duet.
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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Jan 09, 2005 4:35 am ]
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The Nutcracker
By Allen Robertson for The Times


TRADITIONALISTS are able to breathe a sigh of relief over the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet’s staging of The Nutcracker. There are no radical gimmicks or imposed Freudian in- sights, and Tchaikovsky’s score, treated with respect, is played with aplomb by the company’s own orchestra.

Altogether it’s a very Russian affair, though perhaps a bit too safe for some tastes. But the pedigree of this Nutcracker is purebred, with old school ties linking it to the theatre where this ballet was born in 1892.

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