The Information on `Ondine'
Friday 23 July 1999
The Royal Ballet's much-anticipated revival of Frederick Ashton's three- act Ondine, created for Margot Fonteyn in 1958: the story of a sea sprite who falls tragically in love with a human.
Who's In It?
Viviana Durante, Miyako Yoshida and Sarah Wildor tackle one of modern ballet's most challenging roles.
What They Say About It
"With Viviana Durante in the title role, at least there was one person on stage who knew what she was doing... let your imagination loose and despite all faults, you can see what a fine ballet this is," John Percival, The Independent.
"Ondine's style and concept are stuck in a no-man's land between 1950s period pieces and classic - which makes it baffling to many modern viewers," Judith Mackrell, The Guardian.
"I can't imagine why it isn't as much of a classic as Giselle... a dazzlingly ingenious creation of staging, dance and music," Ismene Brown, The Daily Telegraph.
Where You Can See It
Ondine is in rep at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London EC1 (0171-863 8000) to 31 Jul. A few tickets remain.
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