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San Francisco Ballet Programme 3

Published Monday 27 September 2004 at 11:40 by Gavin Roebuck

Allegro Brilliante, composed by Tchaikovsky, choreographed by Balanchine and most ably danced by this company, is a treat. With courtly grace, Lorena Feijoo, partnered by Vadim Solomakha, dances with a stylish joy. The ensemble delivers crisp and confident dancing, especially Brett Bauer, whose elegant long line and bouncy elevation suggest he will go further as a dancer.

Natalia Makarova’s staging of the Petipa classic pas de trois from Paquita underpins the classicism of the company and reveals some magnificent sunny dancing from the Russian Guennadi Nedviguine and his two partners, Frances Chung and Vanessa Zahorian.

The second half has Helgi Tomasson’s 7 for Eight - seven movements of music by JS Bach for eight dancers - in which the opening duet for Yuan Yuan Tan and Yuri Possokhov is beautifully memorable. Pure crisp movement and passion sum up this creation, which showcases the talent of the principal dancers.

Rush is choreographically not dissimilar to Christopher Wheeldon’s other recent works and performed with commitment by the artists to music by Martinu.

Wall to wall ballet with simple costumes, no scenery, good lighting designs and the English Chamber Orchestra combine to make this a most welcome visit by this exciting company. Superbly performing eleven ballets in three programmes, which is a feat in itself, hopefully they will return before too long.

Production information

Sadler's Wells, London, September 20-25

George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, Helgi Tomasson, Christopher Wheeldon
Cast includes:
Lorena Feijoo, Guennadi Nedviguine, Yuan Yuan Tan
Running time:
2hrs 10mins

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15 2014