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Dance at the London Coliseum

Posted on November 20, 2013

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lunkinavasiliev jeune homme-cirina-lepnyovaThe London Coliseum will have a busy spring season for dance, with stars and companies including Ivan Putrov, the Kings of the Dance, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and Eifman Ballet.

English National Ballet’s traditional Christmas season runs until January 19, 2014, with performances of The Nutcracker and the new production of Le Corsaire. Men in Motion, Ivan Putrov’s showcase of male dancing, follows from January 30 to 31.

The Russian Ballet Icons Gala, on March 9, promises to tell the story of Russian Ballet, with guest stars from the Bolshoi Ballet, the Maryinsky Ballet, The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, New York City Ballet, the Paris Opéra Ballet and the Staatsballett Berlin, to music played by the Orchestra of English National Ballet.

Kings of the Dance makes its UK debut from March 19 to 22. The show is a gala format, displaying a group of virtuoso male dancers. The London line-up will be La Scala’s Roberto Bolle, American Ballet Theatre’s Marcelo Gomes, Denis Matvienko, formerly of the Maryinsky Ballet and the Mikhailovsky Ballet’s Leonid Sarafanov and Ivan Vasiliev. The repertory will include Roland Petit’s Le Jeune homme et la Mort, danced by Vasiliev (on March 19 and 21) or Bolle (on March 20 and 22). The figure of death will be danced by Svetlana Lunkina at all performances. In addition,Sarafanov, Gomes and Matvienko will dance Nacho Duato’s Remanso. The evening will also include KO’d, a showcase for all five men with choreography by Gomes and music by Guillaume Côté.

Birmingham Royal Ballet brings David Bintley’s production of The Prince of the Pagodas to the Coliseum from March 26 to 29. From April 9 to 13, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo make their Coliseum debut with a new interpretation of Swan Lake. LAC, choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, is a personal vision of Tchaikovsky’s classic, created in collaboration with Prix Goncourt-winning writer Jean Rouaud.

Boris Eifman’s company returns to London from April 15 to 19, dancing two productions. Rodin, a UK premiere, is inspired by the sculptor’s relationship with Camille Claudel, his apprentice and muse. The company will also dance Eifman’s Anna Karenina.

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Picture: Svetlana Lunkina and Ivan Vasiliev in Le Jeune homme et la Mort. Photograph: Irina Lepnyova


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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