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Superb Production, superb DVD,
This review is from: La Fille Du Pharaon (The Pharaoh's Daughter) - Pugni/Lacotte/Bolshoi Ballet [DVD]  (DVD)
Having seen this production both in London and Moscow and having been a Zakharova fan from her Mariinsky days, I was prepared to be disappointed by this DVD, specially after Zakharova's wonderful dancing was so let down by poor support (I except Bolle from that criticism) in the La Scala DVDs.
However The Pharoah's Daughter DVD pussibly provides the best record of her immaculate technique and the sheer bravura of her work. She is excellently supported by Filin and the lesser roles are extremely well danced. If there is a criticism it is to be made of the ballet itself which has one of the most trite 'plots' of all the Petipa ballets. But, if you can ignore that, you will be dazzled by Zakharova's dancing - this DVD must go to reinforce the widely held belief that, although still well short of her 30th birthday, she is currently the World's Number One.
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Initial post: 26 Apr 2009 19:55:09 BDT
Roger Smith says:
I have to agree with every thing you said in your review,when Zakharova's on stage you don't need the plot and I don't think she's anywhere near to her zenith as a ballerina yet,Filin is very good too,but I cant let the opportunity go by without saying how good I believe Maria Aleksandrova is,she I think always has great presence when on stage
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