Salenko And McRae Put On An Explosive Display


Salenko and McRae’s movements create fervidly charged characters and explosive dancing.


Iana Salenko, a principal dancer at the Berlin State Ballet, lit up the main stage of the Royal Opera House last night as she returned to the company.  Salenko made her Royal Ballet debut during the company’s 2013/14 Season in the same role.  Australian Royal Ballet Principal Steven McRae partnered Salenko once more.

Of the Basilio’s I have seen the company produce, McRae is, by far and without a doubt, the most artistic, energetic and exciting to watch.

Salenko and McRae’s movements create fervidly charged characters and explosive dancing.  The pair did not fail to amuse the crowd with dramatic, well-thought actions and thrill with daring turns and heart-stopping lifts.

Their dancing came to a brilliant conclusion in the Grand Pas De Deux where

McRae awed with a riveting variation and sensational pirouettes during the coda where Salenko also raised hairs with multiple fouettés  – producing, if I’m not mistaken, even a quadruple turn!

Brazilian dancer Mayara Magri, an Artist with the company, and Italian First Soloist, Valentino Zucchetti, made their debuts last night Mercedes and Espada respectively.  Magri danced with confidence, producing well-sustained pirouettes and a virtuosity that can only continue to grow while Zuchetti flaunted high jumps.

Don Quxiote will see it’s final three performances, ending on 22 January, 2015.  for more details visit the website of the Royal Opera House.

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