Ulyana Lopatkina in Russkaya. Russian Ballet Icons Gala. London Coliseum. 4th March 2012. Tonight’s Russian Icon was Anna Pavlova. Photograph by Gene Schiavone.

Pavlova was no fan of modern music. However, Pavlova was a fan of ethnic dances – Russian of course, but also Japanese and Indian as she had travelled so widely, and Ulyana Lopatkina (Mariinsky Ballet) delved into Kasian Goleizovsky’s Russkaya with palpable delight. It was perfect.