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Dance this week: more from the Maryinsky

Posted on August 1, 2011


scotchsymphonymatvienkosergeevbynrazinaThe Maryinsky Ballet continue their London season this week, dancing the Homage to Fokineprogramme at the Royal Opera House tonight. Casting includes Anastasia Petushkova as the Firebird, plus Viktoria Tereshkina and Vladimir Shklyarov in Scheherazade.

It’s followed by Don Quixote. On Tuesday, Anastasia and Denis Matvienko lead the Spanish fireworks as Kitri and Basil. Wednesday’s Kitri is Evgenia Obraztsova (who made a big impression here as Aurora, both with the Maryinsky and as a guest with The Royal Ballet), with Alexei Timofeyev as her Basil.

We’re really looking forward to the Balanchine/Robbins programme at the end of this week. Russia meets America, not to mention Scotland, in what should be a feast of dancing. Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony (pictured) is a romantic vision of Scottishness, from the tulle-clad sylphs of La Sylphide to the drilling of the Edinburgh Tattoo. It’s danced to Mendelssohn – another artist with a romantic view of Scotland. Anastasia Matvienko and Alexander Sergeyev lead the cast on Thursday. On Friday, Maria Shirinkina is partnered by American Ballet Theatre’s David Hallberg. Robbins’ In the Night, danced to Chopin, explores the passions of three couples: Obraztsova, Filip Stepin, Alina Somova, Evgeny Ivanchenko, Uliana Lopatkina and Daniil Korsuntsev on Thursday, with the Matvienkos, Ekaterina Kondaurova, Ivanchenko, Viktoria Tereshkina and Yuri Smekalov on Friday. The programme ends with Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial, one of his grandest setpieces, harking back to the training and traditions he grew up with in St Petersburg. Tereshkina and Shklyarov dance the leading roles on Thursday, with Somova and Igor Kolb the following night.

It’s back to Swan Lake on Saturday: the Matvienkos dance the matinée, with Tereshkina and Hallberg in the evening.

Picture: Anastasia Matvienko and Alexander Sergeyev in Scotch Symphony. Photograph: Natasha Razina.

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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