Royal Opera House, London
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Sunday 22 December 2013
This was the year of big books: two 800-page-busters on the Man Booker longlist alone had bookworms lifting weights. The winner, Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries (Granta, £18.99), is a good old-fashioned page-turner set in New Zealand during the 19th-century gold rush, but it was its narrative structure, mirroring astrological movements in a beautifully-wrought minuet, that really set it apart.
Sunday 22 December 2013
In our final selection of Christmas books for children, we examine the best titles for teens
Sunday 22 July 2012
The Royal Ballet director signs off with the most exciting new triple bill in memory, inspired by great works of art
Monday 16 July 2012
In an Olympic year full of artistic grand projects, The Royal Ballet ends its season with one of the grandest. Titian: Metamorphosis 2012 has seven choreographers, three composers, three designers, and the surprise is that this isn’t a case of too many cooks. It’s a coherent, stylish evening, with artists moving confidently into new areas.
Sunday 08 July 2012
The Royal Ballet's outgoing director leaves a surprisingly short – and white – company
Thursday 02 February 2012
Frederick Ashton’s The Dream and Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth are two of The Royal Ballet’s most-loved classics, making a terrific double bill.
Tuesday 24 January 2012
The venerated ballerina had better watch her step – a new programme at Sadler's Wells shows that men could be about to steal the limelight for good
Wednesday 11 January 2012
Juliet is one of the most coveted roles at the Royal Ballet. Melissa Hamilton, a light, fleet soloist with a sweeping sense of movement, made a promising debut. She's still feeling her way into the drama of Kenneth MacMillan's ballet, with her most touching moments coming through the dancing. When Hamilton arches back over her Romeo's arm, her lavish backbend gives the moment eagerness and ardour.
Sunday 08 January 2012
Sunday 31 July 2011
Sunday 10 July 2011
Classical ballet harms your body I used to do 40 to 50 shows a year and I've had plenty of body traumas and surgeries, but it's been worth it. Nothing compares to the feeling of being on stage and connecting with an audience.
Friday 17 June 2011
Friday 11 March 2011
Black Amber Inspirations is a new series of compact biographies of high achievers from black and other minority communities.
Sunday 16 January 2011
Wednesday 04 August 2010
Star power will get you only so far. Carlos Acosta's name, one of the biggest in ballet, is the selling point for this evening of new works and debut performances. You'd be better off seeing him in almost anything else.
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