This is a DVD version of a TV broadcast of a performance in the Battersea Park in London in 1986, using a temporary and plain stage under a large marquee. Dancing by the then top dancers of the Bolshoi is of the highest standard. This was the time when visits by ballet dancers from Soviet Union/Russia were rare in the West.
Les Sylphides led by three leading prima ballerinas (Bessmertnova, Semenyaka and Semizorova) and Alexei Fadeyechev is beautifully done, bringing out the atmosphere. Spartacus is powerfully danced by Mukhamedov at his youthful peak. Spring Waters - a short Soviet-era work and probably based on an ancient Greek myth, with music by Rachmaninov - is breath-taking in its virtuosity.
The rest of the programme - excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty (pas de deux), Swan Lake (Black Swan pas de deux), Don Quixote (grand pas), etc. - is all enjoyable. Ludmila Semenyaka (a St. Petersburg-trained ballerina), in particular, is wonderful in a couple of divertissements.
I still own a video recording that I made from the TV broadcast soon after the actual performance. The DVD transfer unfortunately hasn't improved the picture quality very much. However, the whole performance by this great company is splendid.