Ballet Igor Moïsseïev

4 out of 5 stars
Igor Moisseiev
V. Vyatkin

Igor Moïsseïev may have died in 2007, but his spirit lives on near the Porte Maillot. This year, his celebrated ballet has been taken over by the famous former dancer Elena Shcherbakova for 12 shows at the Palais des Congrès. Expect folk costumes, goat-like leaps and orchestral symphonies.

It’s impossible not to love dance, even more so dance that is inspired by folklore, and to be sensitive to the extraordinary possibilities of the human body, alone and in harmony with others. And Moïsseïev’s dancers are overwhelming in their precision. Through the 14 set pieces around which the show is constructed, 20 soloists – and more than 40 dancers – give a masterclass in choreography. Forget stamping boots and furry hats, this is theatrical and dramatic dance, enlivened by sabres and other, less traditional accessories and movements.

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