Category Archives: Ballet

Tolstoy speed read: Ratmansky’s Anna Karenina with the Mariinsky Ballet

Shchedrin: Anna Karenina *** Mariinsky Ballet, Royal Opera House, 3rd August 2017 How does one condense a Tolstoy epic for the stage? Prokofiev squeezed War and Peace down to a four hour opera, although it still contains some 70 named characters in … Continue reading

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Tereshkina and Kim add fire to the Mariinsky Ballet’s dusty Don Quixote

Minkus: Don Quixote *** Mariinsky Ballet, Royal Opera House, 24th July 2017 The fireworks – when they came – were explosive, Viktoria Tereshkina and Kimin Kim igniting the Royal Opera House stage in a frenzy of effervescent footwork. Tereshkina whipped out her fouettés and Kim’s double tours … Continue reading

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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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