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Spartacus, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House

Spartacus, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House

The insane joy of the best circus in town, and an incredible male dancer

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Roll up, roll up for the ancient Roman circus of a production almost as old as I am. Thrill to the catchy tunes and the oom-pah basses of flash Aram Khachaturian, played with the kind of lurid splendour you thought could only be faked on Soviet-era Melodiya recordings. Enjoy the pageant of sword-waggling, goosestepping cohorts, flagellated slaves, skimpy-tunicked maidens and golden-wigged ephebes. Admire muscled flesh, less flagrant than in the outrageously homoerotic telly production Spartacus: Blood and Sand, but top quality all the same. And laugh out loud, as I did, not from a superior, ironic stance but from the insane joy of it all.

Never say Grigorovich doesn't know how to make good theatre. The same goes for Khachaturian's relentless, steroidal score

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A very confusing review to read. Perhaps the reviewer needed to take a breath before he sat down to write...

Confusing? Where? I understood the thrust and liked the way the reviewer had marshalled his obvious enthusiasm.

I loved reading this.... just wish I could have been there to hear those paintstripping Russian trumpets...

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