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MARCO SPADA

Second ImageIgnore the ridiculous Victorian /Gilbert and Sullivan plot with its moral twist at the end, just sit back, relax and admire the spectacle and superb, dazzling dancing.

Yet again the Bolshoi field a gigantic cast with umpteen lines of soldiers, peasants , bandits etc. Lacotte’s choreography where appropriate is full of wonderful intricate patterns and lines displaying the corps de ballet to great advantage. Interestingly , for me, the choreography for a lot of the work seems to have a bouncy Bournonville feel rather than coming from the ‘Russian’ school, with so many beautiful bouncy soft jumps and impeccable ballon , legs rapidily beaten in lots of jumps, feet fluttering in inumerable ronds de jambe en l’air , many sequences of complicated showy jumps and turns.

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