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Enjoyable performance by Bolshoi stars and Perm Ballet
on 13 April 2007
This is a live recording of a performance by the State Perm Ballet during a tour in Tokyo in 1992. The roles of the two main characters are danced by stars of the Bolshoi Ballet - Nina Ananiashvili (Kitri/Dulcinea) and Alexei Fadeyechev (Basilio).
This is a very enjoyable performance, based on the earlier Petipa and Gorsky versions originally staged in Moscow at the beginning of the 20th century. The resources used by this Russian ballet company are modest, probably due to its touring schedule. The stage is rather small, not giving these Russian dancers ample opportunities to fully display their art.
Still, the performance by the two leading dancers is very good indeed. They are at the peak of their powers, and they show their acting as well as dancing skills. Ananiashvili is excellent as both Kitri and Dulcinea. Her dancing is flawless, particularly in the Dream Scene (in Act 2) and in Act 3. Fadeyechev is in his element as a dashing Basilio, displaying his bravura technique in Act 3. The supporting soloists and the corps de ballet are good rather than excellent.
However, when you compare this recording with the one by the Kirov Ballet (on a DVD, also issued by Kultur International Films), the viewer really feels a much headier atmosphere of southern Spain in the latter version in which everyone on the stage is acting and miming, and participating in the narrative. Having said that, the current DVD under review benefits from a much better picture and sound quality than the Kirov version.