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Peter Bates
Audiophile Audition, October 2016


Throughout most of this Hamburg Ballet televised performance, the dancing is splendid and not boring. …At times, Auerbach seems to use a blend of early twentieth-century/late romanticism and contemporary modernism, and Neumeier provides highly original choreography and emotional reactions (such as the playful pas de deux between Tatiana and her nurse or the homoerotic one between Onegin and Lensky). © 2016 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Margarida Mota-Bull
MusicWeb International, August 2016

Neumeier’s choreography and interpretation of the story are, as ever, very original and very much his own. He manages to give a fresh, different and compelling take to a story that has been told many times. His choreography is always based on a pure classical line but with many unusual, contemporary movements… The cast is excellent and especially the two leads are very expressive and often virtuosic. Tatiana is danced by French ballerina Hélène Bouchet, …a slender, fragile looking dancer but dramatically very expressive and displaying an outstanding technique. …Bouchet is an extraordinary artist and her character’s passion, determination and integrity also come across beautifully. Onegin is danced by charismatic and handsome Ukrainian dancer Edvin Revazov. He is tall, sexy and cuts an extremely elegant figure on stage. His presence is almost magnetic, supported by great dramatic power and an assured, excellent technique. …Lensky is also extremely well danced by young Ukrainian dancer Alexandr Trusch who is very effective and believable as the slightly dishevelled composer, full of passion and vitality. Olga, his fiancée, is convincingly portrayed as the flirty, thoughtless Tatiana’s sister by Brazilian Leslie Heylmann. All other minor roles, including the characters from the novels Tatiana reads, are effectively danced by various dancers from the Hamburg Ballet and the company comes across as really very mature artistically, fully in tune with Neumeier and with an array of outstanding dancers. The Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, under the baton of Australian conductor Simon Hewett, give a solid interpretation of Auerbach’s score and effectively support the dancers. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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