Reviews of the Bolshoi Ballet in "La Bayadere."
Smirnova does show a few exaggerations, sometimes distorting her line with sky-high legs. Dancing a mournful solo when her beloved Solor is betrothed to the princess Gamzatti, she stretches into deep backbends, letting her flexibility overtake her sorrow. It’s still a vivid account of the dance, moving between unhappiness and hope.
On Saturday night the Bolshoi Ballet showed us La Bayadère and gave London its first sight of Olga Smirnova (stress the second syllable), its newest talent. At the age of 21 she is an undoubted marvel. I reported last autumn on her Moscow appearances in Balanchine’s Diamonds – a role she repeats here next week – and on the ravishing qualities of her dancing, notably in the unaffected beauties of her upper body, with an exquisite dialogue between head and shoulders and the placing of the arms.