Sunday, July 10, 2005

A Star Is Born

We just came back from seeing the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg's Kirov Ballet's performance of Le Corsaire at the Kennedy Center. Young Leonid Sarafanov stole the show (a pretty good show at that) as Ali, bringing the audience to life, receiving roaring applause and cheers (unusual enthusiasm for a Washington, DC crowd).

It must have been something like this when a young Baryshnikov or Nureyev first toured the USA. Keep an eye out for the 20-year old male dancer in future productions.