Bolshoi’s Swan Lake conquers British audiences

The Bolshoi Ballet’s triumphant “diamond” guest tour has been under way at London’s Royal Opera House since July 25, according to TASS news agency. This year it is devoted to the 60th anniversary of the Bolshoi’s first foreign trip to London held on the Covent Garden stage in 1956.

This year’s “diamond” program includes Don Quixote by Minkus; Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”; the Corsair (reconstructed by Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka in 2007) and a Soviet-era hit called “The Flame of Paris”, which Alexey Ratmansky recreated in 2008.

“Taming of the Shrew” staged by Jean Christophe Maillot for the Bolshoi will end the “diamond” program. This production has made only one foreign voyage so far – the Principality of Monaco where the choreographer lives. The British public will see “Taming of the Shrew” for the first time.

The Bolshoi Ballet’s “diamond season” opened with Don Quixote, which the troupe showed four times.

Tchaikovsky’s legendary Swan Lake has been on the stage since July 29.

“The Swan Lake” will run for eight nights. Apart from Olga Smirnova and Denis Rodkin, the cast also includes Svetlana Zakharova, Anna Nikulina, Yekaterina Krysanova, Vladislav Lantratov, Semyon Chudin and Ruslan Skvortsov. Yulia Stepanova, one of the dancers who plays the parts of Odette/Odile, will make her debut on the Convent Garden stage together with her partner Artyom Ovcharenko who dances the part of Siegfried.

The Bolshoi Ballet’s London tour will last until August 13.