In­dian spice adds heat to clas­sic bal­let

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

As Nikiya, Mar­i­anela Nunez dis­played lus­cious arm move­ments and back bends — a truly ex­otic tem­ple dancer with an air of sad­ness per­vad­ing her danc­ing. In Vadim Mun­ta­girov, she had a fine part­ner, with won­der­ful el­e­va­tion and the abil­ity to land the most dif­fi­cult jumps with­out the slight­est wob­ble. Natalia Osipova brought evil glam­our and her sure tech­nique to the role of Gamzatti, the Ra­jah’s daugh­ter with her heart set on mar­ry­ing Solor. Nunez and Osipova are due to al­ter­nate their roles at some per­for­mances.

This pro­duc­tion is a tri­umph: the sets, by Pier Luigi Sa­mar­i­tani are beau­ti­ful, evok­ing the heat of In­dia, and Yolanda Sonnabend’s cos­tumes are colour­ful and

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