Maria Alexandrova dancing the role of the slave girl Ramze, May 2000.

La Fille du Pharaon is really Alexandrova’s ballet. She brings to it complete understanding of the style, and a fascinating range of emotional temperature. This is not to say she has a wildly emotive face, but she can be warm, gracious, porcelain in the sun, or go cold as champagne flutes in the freezer, bringing the feeling of frost to the stage.