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November 03, 1987|LEWIS SEGAL | Compiled by Terry Atkinson

"The Magic of the Bolshoi Ballet." Home Vision. $29.95. This hourlong compilation of film and videotape excerpts ignores the ballets of artistic director Yuri Grigorovich, except for his adaptations of 19th-Century classics. That's daring, if not subversive. The emphasis is upon Bolshoi elegance ("Sleeping Beauty"), Bolshoi lyricism (Leonid Lavrovsky's "Romeo and Juliet"), Bolshoi flamboyance ("Don Quixote"). There are glimpses--too often abruptly terminated--of legendary performances by Galina Ulanova, Marina Semyonova and Maya Plisetskaya. However, the project's greatest glory may be the fabulous dancing of Ekaterina Maximova as Aurora, Juliet and Kitri. Information: (800) 826-3456 ***

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