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London tour with Mikhailovsky Theatre

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On July 27, 2008, the Mikhailovsky Ballet made a triumphal ending of the first ever London Tour, which took place at the London Coliseum. 

Tempi are brisk (Stanislav Kochanovsky’s conducting is sympathetic to the dancers but not over-indulgent) and the drama unfolds clearly, especially in the moonlit mysteries of the second act.
The Times 2008

Stanislav Kochanovsky conducted the Mikhailovsky Orchestra,
and did a sensitive job with the dancers.
Mark Ronan's website

‘Denis Matvienko and Anastasya Matvienko (the husband-and-wife stars of the company) brought plenty of beautiful dancing to their leading roles, if not quite the soulful dramatic exposition one hoped for. His Count Albrecht was sensitive but not wholly honourable, which is right (his betrayal is what sends Giselle to her death), and his dancing in Act II brought forth an immaculate display of refined and robust classical technique. Anastasya Matvienko’s Giselle was delivered with a lustrous sheen, impressive technical control and a creditable transformation from innocent peasant girl to tragic wraith. Their performances were complemented by a fine corps de ballet of Wilis, well attuned to the dramatic purpose of Adam’s music’, Debra Craine commented in The Times. 
 
The finale of the London Tour was the Triple Bill, which included the Grand Pas from Paquita, The Cavalry Halt choreographed by Marius Petipa (‘cocky mix of classical ballet, character dancing and pantomime, with the flirtatious and the foppish sitting side by side in the trifling romantic escapades’) and dazzling divertissements. 
 
Finally, the main idea of the season was formulated by Debra Crain in The Times: ‘If you really wanted to get the measure of the Mikhailovsky Ballet, it was the end of the St Petersburg company’s London debut season that provided the answers. Between a well-drilled Giselle and a glittering mixed bill it was possible to appreciate a company of far greater depth and subtlety than the opening Spartacus would suggest’. 
London tour 2008 website