Elena Evseeva in Animated Frescoes from the Little Humpbacked Horse, Saint Petersburg. Photograph by Vladimir Cherenkov.

This is a charming pas de quatre – delicate, old-fashioned in mannerisms but technically challenging for the dancers, demanding fastidious footwork. The four ballerinas – Anastasia Kolegova, Ekaterina Osmolkina and Elena Evseeva (Mariinsky), Anna Tikhomirova, (Bolshoi) – took turns showing off their terpsichorean talents in a friendly one-upmanship way, demonstrating flawless technique and Romantic-era poses.