Don Quixote, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House - reviewed on 5th January
Dutch National Ballet principal Anna Tsygankova jetéd in at short notice to replace an injured Natalia Osipova at last Monday’s Don Quixote. Partnered by Matthew Golding, not only did Tsygankova impress with her rapidly-learnt knowledge of Carlos Acosta’s choreography, but also her coquettish characterisation and light, delicate footwork.
Don Quixote has a rather silly story and isn’t one of my favourite ballets, but its leading couple sparkled in their challenging final pas de deux. Golding jumped and span with ease and Tsygankova balanced effortlessly on pointe. Nothing could make up for the lack of Osipova, but Tsygankova was a pleasing substitute.