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UPDATED The Bolshoi in London

Posted on January 21, 2013

osipovavasilievdonqfrederikadavisThe Bolshoi Ballet has announced repertory and some casting for its London season, which runs from July 29 to August 17 at the Royal Opera House. The visit will include guest performances by former Bolshoi stars Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev (pictured), plus the first foreign performances of the company’s new Sleeping Beauty.

 

The season opens with Swan Lake, with Svetlana Zakharova as Odette-Odile. There will be three performances of La Bayadère, with new décor by Nikolai Sharonov and costumes by Nikolai Sviridchikov.

 

In 2011, the Bolshoi Theatre reopened after a massive reconstruction, with a new production of The Sleeping Beauty by Yuri Grigorovich. In London, the Bolshoi will dance this production for the first time outside Russia.

 

UPDATE: On February 11, the Bolshoi announced that the planned mixed programme (featuring Balanchine’s Diamonds, Yuri Possokhov’s new staging of Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and Wayne McGregor’s new The Rite of Spring) would be replaced by Balanchine’s Jewels, following the postponement of McGregor’s production.

 

The season ends with Alexei Ratmansky’s production of The Flames of Paris, which draws on the 1932 ballet by Vasily Vainonen. Ratmansky chose Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev as his first cast in 2008, and they return to the Bolshoi to dance this work.

 

Dancers expected to appear in London include Maria Alexandrova, Maria Allash, Nina Kaptsova, Anna Nikulina, Evgenia Obraztsova, Ekaterina Shipulina, Anastasia Stashkevich, Olga Smirnova, Semyon Chudin, David Hallberg, Mikhail Lobukhin, Viacheslav Lopatin, Artem Ovcharenko, Ruslan Skvortsov and Nikolai Tsiskaridze.

 

The season is presented by Victor Hochhauser, and marks the 50th anniversary of the first time he presented the company in London. See www.victorhochhauser.co.uk for further details.

 

Picture: Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Don Quixote. Photograph: Frederika Davis

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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