Magazine article Musical Opinion

Russian Classical Ballet Theatre at Richmond

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Russian Classical Ballet Theatre at Richmond

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Fiona Baile in Richmond and at the Barbican, the Peacock and Sadler's Wells

The Russian Classical Ballet Theatre Company, put together by Ellen Kent and Ballet International, is a collection of dancers, some of whom are strong technically, who for whatever reason don't quite fit into a major company. They gave two productions at the Richmond Theatre, starting with Coppélia which I saw on 16 October.

Coppélia

Coppélia was something of a curiosity in which the usual friction between Swanilda and Frantz, her Jack-the-lad fiancée, was almost absent. The doll Coppélia, who is generally on show for a lot of the First Act and who is the subject of Frantz's attentions, was glimpsed very briefly when the curtain was raised for a couple of seconds. This meant that arm-waving and bowing in the direction of the curtains must have perplexed those not familiar with the story.

Nadezhda Schepachiova as Swanilda was partnered by her real-life husband Egor Schepachiov; she was technically strong and expressive and the better dancer of the two. …

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