Pavlenko is triumphant at Covent Garden!
Posted 28 October 2003 - 05:40 PM
"With Darcy Bussell on maternity leave, the Royal Ballet has taken the excellent
decision to invite Daria Pavlenko from the Kirov Ballet to replace her in
La Bayadere. What Pavlenko brings to the role of Nikiya is entire understanding.
La Bayadere is in her bones, its manner as much part of her identity
as MacMillan's choreography is the grain in Bussell's art.
Pavlenko knows, and showed perfectly at her debut in the Royal Ballet staging
Tuesday night, how the machinery of the role - its drama; its dance splendours -
can take a ballerina, and the ballet, to glory. She has an emotional veracity that
never bursts the bounds of style; she has an academic grace that, in those
sublimities which come with the Shades scene, illuminates the central matter of the
dance - Nikiya's luminous beauty and her all-forgiving love for Solor. 'Remember
your vow' she breathes to him, poised in arabesque as he kneels by her. 'Be true
to me.' All this Pavlenko offered with loveliest clarity, the dance clear and beautiful."
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Posted 07 November 2003 - 02:57 PM
So far, I've found confort in the reviews of C.Crisp (F.T.) and Ism.Brown (The Telegraph) !
Wow, while reading that, I could beat myself for not travelling to London.
It's obvious that she's at a key-point in her career and no-one in London can comment on her performances ? Spotting a real ballerina isn't that difficult
Posted 08 November 2003 - 12:55 AM
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