Dale, on Jul 22 2005, 07:30 PM, said:
A very key point, Dale. His decision to bring relatively new, young dancers to New York is surely a change from old policies and must lead to some displeasure. But so did the old ways, and this decision has resulted in the added pleasure of discovery for the audience. Next week we will get to judge Mr. Ratmansky's artistic merits for ourselves, what with his reconstruction of Bright Spring, and their mega-hit Pharoah's Daughter. But on the basis of their performance of Spartacus tonight, which has looked awfully lame the past couple of decades, it is hard to believe there is much of a schism between dancers and the Artistic Director. This isn't the place for a review, but there was a really impressive intensity on the part of all four soloists, and of the corps. Both a very evident joy in dancing and all-out effort. So whatever he is or isn't doing, he's got the "Bolshoi" back in The Bolshoi.
By the way, the site is a great source of photos [for dancers on the site's favored list].