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Heather Bray
Dance International, March 2017

GALA DES ÉTOILES (La Scala Ballet, 2015) (NTSC) OA1220D
GALA DES ÉTOILES (La Scala Ballet, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7207D

Highlights included (perhaps inevitably) the pas de deux from Le Corsaire, danced with great elegance by Svetlana Zakharova and Leonid Sarafanov. Sarafanov also appeared with Alina Somova in Gsovsky’s bravura Grand Pas Classique. Russian superstar Ivan Vasiliev, performing the Don Quixote pas de deux with the delightful Nicoletta Manni, pulled off some outrageously flashy jumps. He also partnered the sensuous Maria Vinogradova in the pas de deux from Spartacus, which was thrillingly intense in spite of its grandiose Soviet-era vibe. © 2017 Dance International

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