Kostel’s repertoire of steps is embarrassingly limited, which even Kolesnikova’s talent fails to fill. Bizet’s Carmen sounded lush, passionate and deeply moving, played by the English National Opera Orchestra, conducted by Igor Tomashevski. While Vladimir Firer’s costumes and flexible scenery were ideal for international touring, the company’s main lifeline.
But the point of it all remains Kolesnikova’s time spent in the migrant camps, an experience she will recall with tears for the rest of her life.
HER NAME WAS CARMEN St Petersburg Ballet Theatre London Coliseum, London WC2 (Tickets 020 7845 9300/eno.org; £30-£95. Ends tonight)