23 countries shared the experience of this broadcast in high-definition from the Bolshoi with 460 cinemas around the globe participating. Imagine the pressure that the dancers of this Don Quixote were under. How they rose to the occasion.
Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev added in more difficulties than we saw at the New Stage in Moscow last year (and maybe than in the performances at Covent Garden which I didn't see). Same extraordinary lifts and fiery solo technique drew collective gasps from the audience. The applause in the Milanese cinema was enthusiastic. The emotions big, like the dancers on the screen before our eyes.
Photo: The cinema audience in Milan watching the big screen
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.