A review of the Paris Opera Ballet in "La Sylphide" by Laura Cappelle in The Financial Times.
This version finds the Bolshoi star at the apogee of her stylistic powers. Obraztsova, who first danced the role with Moscow’s Stanislavsky Ballet in 2011, has been a muse for Lacotte in recent years, and hers is a definitive interpretation, exquisite in step and manner, a true meeting of minds between choreographer and dancer. No other ballerina today so effortlessly masters both the Russian and French styles: her footwork is a wonder of expressive clarity. To see her is to be drawn into her world, just like James: she floats through Lacotte’s punishing, intricate variations with the grace of a Romantic lithograph come to life, unconcerned with gravity or effort, delighting in her art every step of the way.