Category Archives: Ballet

Poisoned with absinthe: Ravel dances with death at the Garnier

Ravel: La Valse; En Sol; Boléro Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, Palais Garnier, 17th May 2017 The spectre of death loomed large over this Ravel triple bill at the Palais Garnier. Erich Kleiber once described La Valse as “poisoned with absinthe”, an … Continue reading

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From libertine to Enlightenment Man: Casanova’s life charted in Kenneth Tindall’s whirlwind biographical ballet

Northern Ballet: Casanova Sadler’s Wells, 9th May 2017 Debauchery, political intrigue, illicit liaisons… but enough about Islington on a Tuesday evening and on to Sadler’s Wells for Casanova, Kenneth Tindall’s first full length ballet on the final week of its … Continue reading

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Rite of passage for a bold company: ENB dances a devastating Pina Bausch Sacre

In the Middle/ Adagio Hammerklavier/ The Rite of Spring **** English National Ballet, Sadler’s Wells, 25th March 2017 Tamara Rojo has turned English National Ballet into a must-see company. The big draw in this new ENB triple bill was undoubtedly The … Continue reading

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Starry, starry night: Birmingham Royal Ballet’s celestial Cinderella provides magic

Prokofiev: Cinderella ***** Birmingham Royal Ballet, Mayflower, Southampton, 25th January 2017 Compared with his raw, heartrending music for Romeo and Juliet, Prokofiev composed a sassier, slinkier score for Cinderella and this has given choreographers licence to lend the ballet a … Continue reading

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Ethereal Alina Cojocaru a heartbreaking Giselle for English National Ballet

Adam: Giselle ***** English National Ballet, Coliseum, 11th and 14th January 2017 It’s bold artistic leadership by Tamara Rojo for English National Ballet to programme its classic Giselle in the same season as Akram Khan’s pulsating rewrite. Mary Skeaping’s production … Continue reading

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