Royal Opera House, London
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Sunday 06 May 2012
These Cubans sure can spin, but which revolution did they have in mind, exactly?
Saturday 05 May 2012
The Royal Ballet's Beatrix Stix-Brunell replaced an injured Marianela Nuñez as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Sunday 22 April 2012
Brutal and brilliant, it's high time a British company got in on the action
Friday 20 April 2012
Television: I really enjoy 'Mad Men', but I'm hugely into 'Homeland'. The characters are very well drawn and complex. All too often, female characters in particular aren't multi-layered enough. Claire Danes is brilliant playing Carrie Mathison, the chemically imbalanced CIA agent. Sergeant Brody, played by Damian Lewis, is brilliant too. You're always waiting for the next thing to happen or trying to anticipate the plot twists. It's flawless.
Monday 09 April 2012
Rejected Onegin, by the man she loves, Tatiana has a nightmare. In the Eifman Ballet’s version of the Pushkin story, the poor girl goes to Vegas in her dreams, tormented by red-clad rock musicians with terrible hair. This updated ballet plunges into cheesy extremes whenever it gets the chance.
Friday 06 April 2012
The cancellation of shows by a Singaporean ballet troupe in Malaysia has caused a tempest in a tutu, with the government saying the dancers applied too late for a permit to perform, and a local group blaming cultural concern over "indecent" costumes.
Wednesday 04 April 2012
Boris Eifman's dancers launch themselves into tortured poses, hauling each other through lifts or folding into gymnastic knots. There's certainly a lot of angst, but this version of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is short on specific insight.
Friday 30 March 2012
Mark Ronson, most famous for his work with Amy Winehouse, has co-created a new dance piece at the Royal Opera. He tells Elisa Bray what attracted him to it
Thursday 29 March 2012
English National Ballet’s second Beyond Ballets Russes programme goes from the lucid beauty of Apollo to the fireworks of Suite en blanc, with some unexpected novelty in the middle. This is a company on confident form.
Monday 19 March 2012
Coppélia is a village comedy with a streak of fantasy, from quarrelling lovers to dancing mechanical dolls. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production has a light touch and a sunny atmosphere, from the bouncy corps dances to Nao Sakuma’s heroine.
Monday 19 March 2012
In Daphnis and Chloë, the dancers of Birmingham Royal Ballet wind in chain dances to Ravel's shimmering score. As they twist and sway, there's a sensuous ripple to their shoulders, as if they feel the warmth of the Mediterranean sun on their skin.
Thursday 15 March 2012
In Daphnis and Chloë , the dancers of Birmingham Royal Ballet wind in chain dances to Ravel’s shimmering score. As they twist and sway, there’s a sensuous ripple to their shoulders, as if they feel the warmth of the Mediterranean sun on their skin.
Thursday 15 March 2012
The author of the bestselling novel The Time Traveller's Wife is to write a new work for the Royal Ballet next season.
Monday 12 March 2012
From the Royal Opera House to C4 and the Cultural Olympiad, Tony Hall discusses his rewarding roles with Ian Burrell
Sunday 11 March 2012
What does it all mean? With performers as gifted as this Dutch youth squad's, no one cares
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