Royal Opera House, London
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Monday 13 July 2009
It seened for a while that the end of the Cold War and the rise of the internet had made the concept of cultural diplomacy into something of an anachronism. But the Royal Ballet's tour of Cuba is generating some of the same excitement as those great cultural exchanges of yesteryear. Of course, one might argue that this tour, in itself, is less a breakthrough than the culmination of a process which began 11 years ago when the great Cuban dancer, Carlos Acosta, joined the Royal Ballet.
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La Bayadère is the kind of ballet where infidelity is punished by the gods dropping a temple on the hero. The setting is a fantasy India, full of lush forests, gilded palaces and vistas that look like tinted engravings. Emotions run high, with a princess and a temple dancer (a bayadère) in love with the same man, with general plotting on the sidelines. It's melodramatic hokum, and it needs gusto. This Royal Ballet revival doesn't have it.
Friday 21 November 2008
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Monday 28 April 2008
The Royal Ballet's latest programme sandwiches a baffling dramatic work between two displays of dancing. Kim Brandstrup's new work is called Rushes: Fragments of a Lost Story, so perhaps it's churlish to complain that this fractured story is confusing. The real trouble is that it lacks drama. Confrontations are blurred, emotions vague.
Wednesday 16 April 2008
Ballet Black is a small but determined company. Worried by a shortage of non-white role models in ballet, founder Cassa Pancho has set up her own company of black and Asian classical dancers. This second season at the Linbury Studio Theatre has an ambitious programme of new choreography, with works from Shobana Jeyasingh and Richard Alston.
Friday 11 April 2008
Carlos Acosta's latest show is livelier than it deserves to be. These works aren't strong, but they're put across with appealing energy.
Thursday 13 March 2008
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