Yuri Grigorovich’s Romeo and Juliet is a magnificent vehicle to display the powerful technique of the Bolshoi Ballet’s male dancers:   Mikhail Lobukhin’s Tybalt prowls the stage like a panther ranging from side to side, hand raised, fingers stretching upward like a handful of daggers;  Andrei Bolotin plays Mercutio, with the impertinence of a Squirrel Nutkin, as he gate crashes the Capulet party, where all the trouble starts, and later goads Tybalt into the deadly fight that sets in train the final catastrophic sequence of coincidences.   Alexander Volochkov’s Romeo seemed overshadowed in the early scenes until the encounter with Juliet, played with technical virtuosity by Anna Nikulina. (more…)