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Mariinsky Ballet, Royal Opera House, London

Seekers after truth, beauty, bravura, l’âme slave, discipline, tradition, adventure, and echoes of dance’s ancien régime, will prepare themselves for the arrival at Covent Garden of the Mariinsky Ballet.

Five programmes contrast novelties (a splendid Balanchine programme of Apollo and A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and old charmers (Swan Lake), and also boast such grand artists as Lopatkina, Vishneva, Kondaurova, Tereshkina, Shklyarov and the very interesting Englishman Xander Parish. From July 28 for three weeks.

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Saisons Russes, Coliseum, London

The Saisons Russes visit continues with triple bills of Diaghilev exhumations today and tomorrow (Sunday) in performance by the Moscow State Ballet and Opera, an ensemble much concerned with presenting opera and ballet to young audiences.

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La Bayadère, Various cinemas

La Bayadère will be screened from a Mariinsky performance into selected British cinemas on Monday July 14, with the splendid Viktoria Tereshkina as Nikia and Vladimir Shklyarov as Solor.

Brasil Brasileiro, Sadler’s Wells, London

Sadler’s Wells is rocking with the happy verve of this Brazilian show until the end of the month (July 27). There is the samba of course and tremendously, but also capoeira and batucada, and energy enough to run several small turbines and light the theatre for this visit.

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Mummenschanz, Peacock Theatre, London

I record that this troupe “with its unique brand of visual theatre” (says the brochure, to distinguish it from those not-visual theatre events which persistently bother us) is at the Peacock from July 19 to 27. You pays your money and you takes your choice …

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