The Big Picture: In perfect harmony
Tuesday 25 May 2010
Set against a deep ocean blue backdrop, these two dancers from the Royal Ballet look suspended in thin air as they leap in synch to George Balanchine's Symphony in C.
The ballet's four movements are part of a large, celebratory piece for a cast of more than 40 dancers which will bring the Royal Ballet's summer season to a close.
Balanchine, a Russian born maestro who went on to pioneer ballet in the United States, set this particular work to Bizet's "Symphony in C", which the French composer wrote at the age of 17 while studying in Paris. The score was lost after Bizet's death in 1875 and was only rediscovered in the early 1930s. Fellow Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky, alerted his old friend Balanchine to the existence of the score and encouraged him to choreograph a ballet around the work.
For ballet dancers, the piece provides ample opportunity for dizzying arrays of skill and stamina. Patterns of soloists and ensembles complement and contrast each other until the exhilarating finale brings everyone together for an uplifting climax.
The two dancers in this picture are Sergei Polunin and Yuhui Choe, two of Covent Garden's rising young stars. Choe joined the Royal Ballet in 2002, having won a year's apprenticeship with the company at the Prix de Lausanne, the most prestigious of the international student competitions. She was born in Japan to Korean parents. Ukraine-born Polunin, who is renowned for his jumping abilities despite being 5ft 11in, arrived in London the same year and has also won the Prix de Lausanne.
Review: A panoramic account of the hacking scandalbooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Sabina Altynbekova, the girl branded 'too good looking' for volleyball, says social media obsession with her is a 'bit much'
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 5 'Hello mum, this is going to be hard for you to read ...'
New Netflix releases: Films and TV shows coming August 2014
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy
Star Wars Episode 7: Simon Pegg hints at role
Guardians of the Galaxy - review: A superficial and half-hearted Marvel film
R Kelly dropped from Ohio music festival following backlash
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
- < Previous
- Next >