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Nobody does it like the Bolshoi!,
This review is from: Minkus: La Bayadere - Bolshoi Ballet [DVD]  (DVD)
Well this is ballet a la grande. And nobody does it better than the Bolshoi. The staging is very rich and the dancing is of another league. The production has one of the best Golden Idols I have ever seen. I know the Idol makes a small appearance but I really regard it as one of the highlights of this ballet. The corps de ballet is simply breathtaking. I took one star off because this is the short version and I quite enjoy the omitted Temple Act. Also, I must say that although the dancing of the leading couple and of everybody else is technically more than perfect, there is something missing from the theatrical mystical atmosphere achieved in Nureyev's production for l' opera parisien as captured on film and sold by Amazon.
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Initial post: 14 Dec 2014 16:33:15 GMT
Of course the Paris version, as most things, is diminished by the absence of Zakharova and despite a class performance by Guerin, she will never be in the same league. I understand what you mean by the different atmosphere, but think that the sombre atmosphere of the Paris production was in no small measure due to the fact that Nureyev was dying of aids at the time and this was both a tribute and swan song. I thus find the less sombre production by the Boshoi more approachable.
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