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 Post subject: London Season: July/August 2014
PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:35 am 
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The Mariinsky Ballet will perform at London's Royal Opera House from July 28 through August 16, 2014. In The Telegraph, Sarah Crompton reviews the company's recent history.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 12:59 pm 
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In the Sunday Express, Jeffery Taylor previews Xander Parish's performances in London.

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 Post subject: Re: London Season: July/August 2014
PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:29 am 
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In the Telegraph, Sarah Crompton interviews Xander Parish, who will be performing Siegfried in "Swan Lake," Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet" and Apollo in Balanchine's "Apollo" during the Mariinsky's performances at the Royal Opera House.

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 Post subject: Re: London Season: July/August 2014
PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:30 am 
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Francis Timlin wrote:
In the Telegraph, Sarah Crompton interviews Xander Parish, who will be performing Siegfried in "Swan Lake," Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet" and Apollo in Balanchine's "Apollo" during the Mariinsky's performances at the Royal Opera House.

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Excellent, informative and lengthy interview/description. Thanks, Francis.


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 Post subject: Re: London Season: July/August 2014
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:40 am 
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Mr. Parish danced another successful pre tour "warm up" Swan Lake here last night as well, and between that and his Romeo I'm sure London - viewers and critics alike - will be delighted with what they see. Due to company injuries there will be casting changes, but there is hope this won't drastically affect the quality of what is offered.

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 Post subject: Re: London Season: July/August 2014
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Jessica Duchen interviews Xander Parish for the Independent.

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 Post subject: Re: London Season: July/August 2014
PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 6:11 am 
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Casting update:

http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/apollo-a-midsummer-nights-dream-by-various

For the London tour, Kristina Shapran will dance in Balanchine's Apollo (debuting in the role of Terpsichore on July 23 here at the Mariinsky) with Xander Parish on Aug 9, and with Vladimir Schklayrov on Aug. 8 (if nothing changes between now and then)

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 Post subject: Re: London Season: July/August 2014
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Lyndsey Winship previews the July 28 - August 16, 2014 performances at Covent Garden for the Evening Standard.

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 Post subject: Re: London Season: July/August 2014
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:42 am 
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Reviews of the July 28, 2014 opening of Leonid Lavrovsky's "Romeo and Juliet."

Zoe Anderson for The Independent.

The Independent

Judith Mackrell for The Guardian.

The Guardian

Lyndsey Winship for the Evening Standard.

Evening Standard

Hanna Welbye for The Arts Desk.

The Arts Desk

Mark Monahan for The Telegraph.

The Telegraph

Clement Crisp for the Financial Times.

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 Post subject: Re: London Season: July/August 2014
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:14 pm 
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Thanks for compiling reviews! They were fun to read. It appears almost all the critics loved Vishneva and Shklyarov, but they found the Lavrovsky version dated. Overall, very positive reviews.

If Londoners think Vishneva is wonderful, I think they are in for a nice surprise for all of the following ballets. In my own personal opinion, Vishneva is not the top actress or top dancer at the Mariinsky. So if they found her amazing, there will be plenty of great shows for them to see on this tour. There definitely is a great variety: Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Midsummer Night's Dream, Apollo, Firebird, Marguerite and Armand, Concerto DSCH, and Cinderella!!! Makes me wish I lived in London!

Please, anyone attending these shows, post your personal review, because I would love to hear how the English audience feels about the shows.

I have read so many times that many find the Lavrovsky Romeo and Juliet so dated and old fashioned. Why is this? I have heard this over and over and I am just curious why it is considered such a museum piece. I love it. I saw Osmolkina and Zyuzin in it last summer in St. Petersburg. I have seen Cranko's version at Miami City Ballet (and will probably see it again this season at MCB, and I have seen Macmillan's on video. I find them all interesting and worth seeing. It is so much fun to see the progression from one version to the next. I think Cranko was inspired by the Lavrovsky version, and Macmillan too.

The reviewers complain about the sword fighting in the Lavrovsky version. I love it. I am amazed how skillfully these dancers can time the sword fighting just right with no big mishaps. If I were a dancer, the sword fight scenes would scare me to death (I would worry I would forget when to make a certain move with the sword and look foolish).


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 Post subject: Re: London Season: July/August 2014
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:47 pm 
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If you’d like to know the response from posters like ourselves in England this is a great site — BalletcoForum.

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http://www.balletcoforum.com/index.php? ... ndon-2014/
Subsequent works
http://www.balletcoforum.com/index.php? ... scussions/


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 Post subject: Re: London Season: July/August 2014
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Laura Thompson reviews Xander Parish in "Romeo and Juliet" for The Telegraph.

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Neil Norman reviews "Romeo and Juliet" for the Daily Express.

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 Post subject: Re: London Season: July/August 2014
PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:20 am 
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It seems the British really hate the Lavrovsky production. I must be in the minority of people. I like it a lot.


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 Post subject: Re: London Season: July/August 2014
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In the Telegraph, Laura Thompson reviews the Friday, August 1, 2014 performance of "Swan Lake," with Oxana Skorik and Timur Askerov in the leading roles.

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