Ballet News Reviews | The Mikhailovsky Ballet, Don Quixote
The Mikhailovsky Ballet
Saturday 30th March 2013
Unadulterated happiness. That’s what you get from Natalia Osipova & Ivan Vasiliev. From the first hint of a castanet their effervescence and enthusiasm draws in the audience and it’s infectious. They are so accomplished, so suited to the roles of Kitri and Basilio respectively that there is a seemless blend of artistry and flair, topped with the most enormous dose of star quality. Osipova and Vasiliev belong way above the stratosphere and frequently tonight they showed why. It isn’t just audacious talent, it’s the elusive x-factor.
Don Quixote is a pretty silly story, but it almost doesn’t matter when these two are dancing. Mikhail Messerer’s staging fairly rips through it, on the wings of Ludwig Minkus’s uplifting music.
Once again Sabina Yapparova and Anna Kuligina showed why they were cast as Kitri’s friends. They have great timing and musicality. Irina Kosheleva, as Queen of the Dryads, showed her strength and long limbs, and Veronica Ignatyeva sparkled as Cupid.
But the night belongs to Osipova and Vasiliev, and they’re not giving it back. One cheeky grin from Vasiliev and one sassy shoulder roll from Osipova is all the hint you’ll need that something big is about to explode onto the stage. Sometimes the turns were so blistering they could have been faster than the speed of light. Just as the audience collected its breath they’d be back – this time with something more outrageous. Truly, it was bonkers. And brilliant.
Go. You’ll have goosebumps.
Don Quixote is in rep until Sunday 31st March