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Tuesday, May 18


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David Zaleyev of the Mariinsky Ballet is in a coma after a scooter crash.

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Videos of the incident published online show Zaleyev attempting to weave his way through a group of pedestrians. He appears to clip one of the men on the sidewalk, causing him to take a tumble and smash his head on the ground. According to newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda St. Petersburg, citing a source, the ballet dancer may have been intoxicated.

 

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Reviews of the English National Ballet.

The Guardian

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When the announcement telling you to switch off your phone is drowned out by whooping and cheering, you know audiences are glad to be back in the theatre. English National Ballet wastes no time getting on stage, converting five films made in lockdown into live dance.

The Arts Desk

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The programme was hardly usual either. Five 15-minute works, commissioned to be staged last autumn but initially put out as short dance films, shot under lockdown by young directors from advertising and cinema (and still available online). While choreography regularly makes the journey from stage to screen, the reverse does not. The visible remnant of that process in the live season at Sadler's Wells is the scraps of interview with key dancers and the choreographers, screened in place of a printed programme note. Illuminating, fresh and charming, it's a thing that could catch on.

Broadway World

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Former Bolshoi star Yuri Possokhov's Senseless Kindness is a wonderful reintroduction to dance post-COVID. All moody strings, set to Shostakovich's Piano Trio No 1, it frames the two featured couples with elegance and pathos. Its source is Vasily Grossman's Life and Fate about a Russian family caught in the Second World War, but the narrative feels more of a backdrop than a central theme. The piece is danced by a strong quartet including Lead Principals Isaac Hernandez and Francesco Gabriele Frola. However it's Emma Hawes and Alison McWhinney who shine brightly here. These First Soloists' fluid style, beautifully placed lines and stretched-out arabesques perfectly suit the material, and they glide dreamily in the sweeping lifts of the mournful pas de deux.

 

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