Two reviews in the Boston Phoenix this week.
From Jeffrey Gantz: Night errant - The Bolshoi’s Don Quixote
The prologue and first act of the Don Quixote that the Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra presented at the Wang Theatre last weekend were a vision of Bolshoi Future: colorful, coherent, characterful, and compelling, with choreography (credited to Alexei Fadeyechev) that makes sense and dancing (not to mention backbending) that’s second to none. The rest of the ballet joined the company’s Raymonda in returning us to Bolshoi Past: erratic in casting, choreography, and characterization.
And from Marcia Siegel: Raymonda redux - The Bolshoi does it all
All cleaned out and rearranged as a dance show, Grigorovich’s Raymonda grows monotonous. It’s partly the fault of the production and partly a company style that seems to value neutrality. The big presentation scenes that dominate all three acts lack the bustle of realistic onlookers in the background. The tempi are universally spirited. An ill-conceived lighting design focuses follow spots on the leading dancers and consigns the hardworking corps to a gloomy background. They fade into anonymous filler, even when they’re making interesting patterns, and the principals aren’t much more individual