Reviews of the Bolshoi Ballet in "Jewels."
The Evening Standard
The company are still getting Balanchine into their bodies and, sure, the famous Bolshoi corps de ballet aren’t quite as tight as they could be, and perhaps the dancing isn’t so glintingly hard-edged as their American counterparts might deliver it, but it’s interesting to see a well-known piece from a new perspective.
The Arts Desk
Emeralds is the most difficult of the three sections, a gossamer construct of music and mood that disintegrates at the slightest rough handling. And it got a fair amount of that. Evgenia Obraztsova (pictured right), one of their loveliest dancers, danced with restraint and a certain charm, but never found her way into the heart of the style, while Anna Tikhomirova’s dead upper body and flat arms were matched by ears that were seemingly deaf to the music coming out of the pit.
It's left to Olga Smirnova to vamp up the energy in Diamonds. Fabulously gifted, this young dancer is already proving a maverick – the singing line of her upper body punctuated by the odd, imperious accents of her phrasing. In partnership with the fiercely etched Semyon Chudin, the romantic trance of Diamonds' central duet turns combative and sexy. And while it's a deviant interpretation, it's very thrilling to watch.