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Le Corsaire & Paquita Triple Bill, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House | reviews, news & interviews

Le Corsaire & Paquita Triple Bill, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House

Le Corsaire & Paquita Triple Bill, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House

An epicurean ballerina who conceals rather than showing all that she can do

The Jardin Animé scene from 'Le Corsaire': 'a general attention to what will give the audience something to gawp at'photograph Bolshoi Theatre

After all the encomia for Natalia Osipova it’s time for a paean to another Bolshoi ballerina, whose witty underplaying and conquest of style makes her the lady I’d choose to see shipwrecked in full tutu, diamonds and pink satin pointe shoes on any desert island I fetched up on. Maria Alexandrova starred in two 19th-century restorations of palatial opulence - the pirate party Le Corsaire and the princess party Paquita. Mistress of balletic patisserie, she decorates these glorious old wedding cakes of choreography with delectable sugar rosettes in her footwork, leaps of lightest meringue, and a hint of citrus in her dimpled smile.

Tsiskaridze smiles broadly like a goal-scorer whenever he catches the audience’s eye, which is basically as often as possible

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