Her chiselled classical finish is what we expect from a dancer of her rank but it is that indefinable extra she brings to every performance that has made her an audience favourite and has won her an army of loyal fans. She was one of ENB’s finest Giselles (exceptional in the Mary Skeaping production), her Raymonda glowed with warmth and dignity and she is one of just a handful of ballerinas who confirms the genius of Fokine’s Dying Swan.
Odette/ Odile was the first principal role she danced in St Petersburg and the first she danced when she joined ENB in 2002. She makes the Prince’s myopic identity confusion believable as her interpretation offers two equally irresistible archetypes: a white swan, passionate and pure, and a black swan of power and honeyed seduction. Her Odette is utterly devoid of sentimentality, a woman willing to fight for freedom and love or die in the attempt while her sensual Odile is a captivating magical creature.
Her Prince, Casey Herd, guesting from the Dutch National Ballet, warmed to his ballerina’s charm after a somewhat tentative first act. He proved an excellent partner offering Glurdjidze the support she needed on this special day.