The Royal Ballet director signs off with the most exciting new triple bill in memory, inspired by great works of art
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Sunday 12 April 2009
Sunday 18 January 2009
Thursday 15 January 2009
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
Friday 27 June 2008
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
Wednesday 06 October 2004
It's an edifying coincidence that Carlos "Guitarlos" Ayala should play his first gig in the UK in the same week that heavy-metallers-in-meltdown rockumentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster was released.
Thursday 29 January 2004
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