News: Mariinsky Ballet - London 2014 summer season

Monday 28 July 2014 by Carmel Smith

Mariinsky Ballet -  'Swan Lake'_Uliana Lopatkina. Photo: Mikhail Logvinov

The Mariinsky Ballet start a summer season in London this week, bringing 100 dancers and eight works to the Royal Opera House. Lyndsey Winship gives a run down on who and what to look out for in the Evening Standard.

The Mariinsky is the cradle of Russian classicism, its dancers refined and regal, and the most iconic works in ballet — Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker — were created for the company. If you want to see true tradition, this is the place to come…
Read more in the Evening Standard, 23 July 2014

In 2010 Xander Parish left the Royal Ballet to become the first British dancer to join the Mariinsky. He talks to Sarah Crompton in the Telegraph

Last year he made his debut as Albrecht, Romeo, Apollo and finally – in March – Siegfried. ‘I found it difficult,’ he says. ‘In Russia there is such a sense of history and you feel the weight of it on your shoulders. To be cast as Prince Siegfried in the Mariinsky Theatre where Petipa created it, with all your colleagues crowding the wings to watch, it is your test, your exam.’ Read more in the Telegraph, 28 July 2014

Mariinsky Ballet, 28 July – 16 August, Royal Opera House
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