An article from a week ago or so as a preview for the Kirov in Salford which ends tomorrow: Lowry's delight at Kirov coup
By Kevin Bourke for Manchester online
THE Lowry's Artistic Director, Robert Robson, is unashamedly overjoyed that they've managed to pull off the remarkable coup of presenting the legendary Kirov Ballet there next week.
"Classical ballet just doesn't come any bigger or better than this," he enthuses.
"We set out from the very beginning to be local, to be national and to be international in outlook.
"Presenting the Kirov is another coup among many coups in The Lowry's short history."
He now admits that, when he began work at The Lowry, his dream was to bring three shows to the landmark theatre. click for more
****************************** Ballerina dream comes true
By Blaise Tapp for Manchester online
A TEENAGER whose hopes of becoming a dancer were cruelly dashed fulfilled a dream when she met a top Russian ballerina.
Elizabeth Waring, 19, and her family, from Ordsall, Salford, were guests of honour at a special matinee showing of the Kirov Ballet's production of Swan Lake at the Lowry.
The M.E.N. reported that when Elizabeth was 14 and about to enrol at stage school a virus damaged her heart and she needed a transplant. She also suffered brain damage, which ended her dreams of being a professional dancer.
Her mum, Katrina Waring, said: "Elizabeth loved every minute of it. She was clapping away and I kept seeing her dancing. click for more
****************************** Kirov Ballet @ The Lowry
By Philip Radcliffe for Manchester online
HAVING twice had the pleasure of seeing the Kirov in their own glorious Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, I never thought that I would get the chance to see them here.
The Lowry is a very different setting from the ornate Mariinsky, where Tchaikovsky worked and Swan Lake was first performed in 1895, but the 180-strong company of dancers and musicians seemed at home here last night.
You are unlikely to experience a more authentic and enthralling performance of the great classic than this, based on the original Petipa-Ivanov version, revised by Konstantin Sergeyev.
The Kirov floods the stage with dancers - and their precision and synchronisation of movement is unforgettable. Even with 32 ``swans'' in full flight, it is hard to spot a raised leg, an elevated arm, an angled head out of line. click for more