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Bolshoi Ballet summer season, London 2016

Posted on November 9, 2015

The Bolshoi Ballet has announced a three-week summer season at the Royal Opera House, London in 2016.

The season opens with Don Quixote from July 25 to 28, followed by Swan Lake (July 30 to August 2, August 8 to 9). The repertory also includes Jean-Christophe Maillot’s The Taming of the Shrew on August 3 and 4 and Alexei Ratmansky’s production of The Flames of Paris on August 5 and 6. The season closes with Le Corsaire, running from August 11 to 13.

Dancers announced for the season include Natalia Osipova, who is appearing as chief guest artist, Maria Alexandrova, Ekaterina Krysanova, Olga Smirnova, Svetlana Zakharova, Semyon Chudin, David Hallberg, Denis Rodkin, Vladislav Lantratov and Ruslan Skvortsov.

Picture: the Bolshoi corps de ballet in Swan Lake. 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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