American Ballet Theatre at Sadler’s Wells

I am not a ballet fanatic, but I love certain ballet dancers and this art form in general, so if Bolshoi or Maryinsky come to town, I run. However, it’s not just the Russian ballet that I adore, so when I heard that renowned American Ballet Company was coming to town, I got my tickets as soon as I could, particularly as Alexei Ratmansky,who lifted Bolshoi’s repertoire to new heights while in residence, has become ABT’s artist in residence in 2009.

Sadler’s Wells is a great venue for dance performances ( if anything I almost prefer its stage to any other in London)-it was close to the university where I did my studies, so I went there and watched Baryshnykov or

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‘Three Solos and a Duet’ with Baryshnikov and Laguna in Paris

If you read my blog, you already know that I am in love with Mikahil Baryshnikov, the Danser. Russians are raised with the love of art and it is not uncommon to see parents with young kids at the Bolshoi or Mariinskyi. But my love for ballet was inspired by my uncle Mikhail, who used to dance in the Bolshoi, knew Plisetskaya, Vasiliev and Maksimova and still remains very dashing and elegant in his 7o’s-you should see how he holds his back and how he walks! 

When my uncle (named Mikhail incidently too) retired from dansing in the Bolshoi, he went on travelling around the world, teaching ballet and still does it successfully…… 

At the times when travelling abroad was as rare as sunshine in the UK, my uncle not only brought gifts but videos of Baryshnikov or Nuryev dancing and my cousin and I sat transfixed watching those giants of ballet dance and create magic on stage.

I never saw Nuryev danse ‘live’, but I was blessed to see Misha, as he is lovingly called universally, in London’s Barbican and Sadler’s Wells on several occasion and on one special evening even managed to talk to him for less than five minutes.

A few weeks ago a friend of mine sent me a cheeky e-mail, saying that she and her husband were going to see Baryshnikov dance at the Theatre de La Ville in Paris. After a very quick discussion with my husband and mother, plans were made and tickets booked.

A few days before the performance date it looked like I won’t make it, but luck was on my side and I had an interesting evening with my mum, friends and a very Parisian audience-I was surprised that there were so few Russians….

There were four pieces performed-Valse-Fantasie choreographed by the wonderful creative Alexei Ratmanskyi, an extract from

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