Magazine article Pointe

A Dreary Winter Night: Darcey Bussell and Igor Zelensky

Magazine article Pointe

A Dreary Winter Night: Darcey Bussell and Igor Zelensky

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A Dreary Winter Night: Darcey Bussell And Igor Zelensky

Artistic Director Alistair Spalding. who is shaping a new dance policy for the Sadler's Wells theater m London, generated considerable excitement when he announced that Darcey Bussell and Igor Zelensky, whom some have dubbed the greatest duo since Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell, would appear there for one week in December.

Hopes rose high for this independent venture, especially in view of Zelensky's recent appointment as artistic director of the Siberian National Ballet. But these expectations deflated like a punctured tire, when it became obvious that, outside her Royal Ballet orbit. Bussell needs to do more than just appear as her wonderful self to satisfy dancegoers. If it wasn't for the novelty of seeing her in a Louise Brooks wig. playing Death as a slinky seductress to Zelensky's suicidal young painter in Roland Petit's Le jeune homme et la mon, the evening would have been a washout.

Production values were dismal, and taped music accompanied all except Jeune homme, the only piece in which the stars actually appeared together.

Kiss, choreographed by Alistair Marriot, one of the rising Royal Ballet-trained choreographers, was the best of the new offerings. For Kiss, set to a movement of Samuel Barber's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Bussell had William Trevitt, another RB alumnus, as her attentive partner. The theme is based vaguely on Auguste Rodin's famous statue "The Kiss." Looking svelte in a belted pink leotard, Bussell was captured in the spotlight while Trevitt circled around as if drawing inspiration. …

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