Artemiy Belyakov, Anna Tikhomirova, Daria Khokhlova and Daria Bochkova in Bolshoi’s The Taming of the Shrew
Photo by Mikhail Logvinov
Lauren Cuthbertson in La Valse. Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, October 2010. Photograph by John Ross.
The whole work employs a favourite Ashton motif in the tenacious acceleration of the ensemble movement, which is superbly whipped along by the galloping tempo of Barry Wordsworth’s baton. It provided the opportunity to welcome back a radiant Lauren Cuthbertson, after a long absence through illness.
Igor Kolb and Diana Vishneva in Swan Lake.
Photo (C) Nikolay Krusser.
Imagine a white void, floating and futuristic, framed by a massive portal that offers both containment and access for ten dancers. In that whiteness, the only sources of visual respite are the skin tones of the dancers and the subtle hues of their costumes.
That is the concept behind choreographer Wayne McGregor’s Chroma. The ballet explores one of the definitions of the word “chroma”: freedom from white. In this serene-seeming, private world, the dancers move in ways that are searching, desperate, raw, sexual, violent.
The effect is to glorify the body, showing us its extremes and a beauty that’s almost beyond anything human.
Anna Tikhomirova and Artem Ovcharenko in Wayne McGregor´s “Chroma” — Bolshoi Ballet
photos by Alexey Yakovlev and Leonid Shultz
"Дон Кихот" (Нью - Йорк, июль 2014)
Мария Александрова, Ольга Смирнова
Фотограф Stephanie Berger