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Thursday 30 June 2011
One can only hope that the ill wind which strips away the cherry blossom at the close of Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser’s feeble 2003 production of Madama Butterfly might soon carry off the entire staging.
Friday 03 June 2011
The final programme of the Royal Ballet season goes from the tutu'd geometries of Ashton's Scènes de Ballet to MacMillan's stomping The Rite of Spring. Glen Tetley's Voluntaries sits heavily in the middle of this Stravinsky sandwich.
Wednesday 11 May 2011
Less is more: in James MacMillan's music, every note counts. And never more so than in Clemency, the Scottish composer's brand-new chamber opera, which packs questions powerful, emotional, philosophical and religious into just 45 minutes. With his regular librettist Michael Symmons Roberts and the director Katie Mitchell, MacMillan has created a terrifically intense, focused and inspired musical work on a thought-provoking parable, updated to the present day.
Monday 25 April 2011
Wednesday 13 April 2011
With The Royal Ballet Creates..., choreographer Kristen McNally held choreographic workshops in the middle of a busy shop. She, and five dancers from The Royal Ballet, worked on a dance to a Kanye West song, incorporating suggestions from the audience at the Apple Store in Covent Garden. It's a nice way of drawing a new audience into the creative process, even if the attempts to include the sponsor Apple's technology seem a bit strained.
Monday 11 April 2011
Saturday 26 February 2011
My parents were... willing to sacrifice a great deal to help me realise my ambition. Obviously there was the financial sacrifice, but it was also to do with being sent to boarding school, the Royal Ballet School, from 11 to 16. From my perspective now, as a parent, I understand how much you have to give up to have a child away from you at that time.
Sunday 16 January 2011
Monday 20 December 2010
Even for Christmassy ballet, this is a show with a high sugar content.
Tuesday 14 December 2010
Monday 08 November 2010
Frederick Ashton's Sylvia is a frilly mythological ballet with a delightful Delibes score and a cast including everything from gods to ceremonial goats. The Royal Ballet's production is a sumptuous recreation of the 1952 original, but needs more authority behind the trimmings.
Thursday 28 October 2010
So the arts cuts have claimed their first victim. The Royal Opera House's grandiose plan to open a northern outpost in Manchester bites the dust. It goes to show that the cuts, worrying as they are, can also be an opportunity for sound common sense.
Sunday 24 October 2010
Friday 22 October 2010
Things can get far more dangerous for ballerinas in The Royal Ballet than jaw-dropping ballet lifts. Not only was Margot Fonteyn involved in a plot with Fidel Castro to overthrow Panama's government in 1959, thrown into prison for 24 hours (and apparently given fresh flowers everyday), but she was also locked into the hold of a boat in 1940, while escaping from the Germans, during a Royal Ballet tour of Holland.
Friday 22 October 2010
Royal Ballet principal dancers Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin found themselves face to face with some of their illustrious predecessors at a major new exhibition that tells the story of the Royal Ballet from its foundations in the late 1920s to the present day.
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