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Anna Karenina still leads Mariinsky Ballet's tour | reviews, news & interviews

Anna Karenina still leads Mariinsky Ballet's tour

Anna Karenina still leads Mariinsky Ballet's tour

The Mariinsky's 'Firebird': On a Fokine triple bill with Sheherazade and ChopinianaPhotos by N Razina/Mariinsky

True to form the Mariinsky Ballet has already made programme changes for its Covent Garden visit next summer, not a fortnight after announcing its tour on 3 December. But we're used to it and it's all to the good. Substituting Don Quixote for the Lavrovsky Romeo and Juliet originally planned means a more traditional cast to the tour, a much more sure-fire box office, and a direct comparison between the St Petersburg virtuosos and their Moscow rivals at the Bolshoi who for the past two years have made Don Q their party piece.

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Do you really think Don Quixote would be safer box office than Romeo and Juliet? I don't.

I wish they will dance Romeo and Juliet instead of Don Q, because Bolshoi did it last summer, it was estonichingly done by Osipova, Ivan, Krysanova. I prefer R&J, solely because I have not seen any one protray Romeo as well as Valdimir Shklyarova. I saw him and Alina Somova in R& j, in 2009, they were awsome togethere.

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