The best dancing actually happens in the programme’s opening piece, George Balanchine’s Serenade (from 1935), set to lush Tchaikovsky. Standing out in a stageful of girls and their diaphanous skirts are the super-swift moves of Momoko Hirata, and the fulsome port de …
The best of Bintley’s own contributions are the dances for the men: the opening chorus of avid, restlessly leaping seminarians; Mathias Dingman as a religious runaway who grabs at the air as he races towards freedom and doom. Other sections feel more thinly imagined…
CARMINA BURANA is a flat-out brutal pastiche of medieval religious obsessions. It is also, with its cast of thousands, a perfect window on to this superb company of dancers.
This celebratory double bill from Birmingham Royal Ballet presented ballets that were significant trailblazers. George Balanchine’s Serenade founded the school of American ballet; and David Bintley’s Carmi… Continue Reading
Akram Khan, despite the potent fluidity of his masque-like narrative with Honji Wang, was a cherry, albeit a very beautiful one, on a largely musical cake
In her veritable toccata of a solo, Wang played her body like a keyboard, each bone and joint as singular as the notes of a piano.
Further dates have been announced for Sylvie Guillem’s final dance programme Life in Progress. In London, in addition to the sold out performances at Sadler’s Wells (where she is an Associate Artist) in May… Continue Reading
Obraztsova’s sweet lyricism draws qualities of vulnerability and inwardness from McRae’s cool finesse that many other ballerinas fail to elicit, and between them they have an exceptional musical and physical rapport.
The Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet talks about 'Carmina Burana'his first work for the company, coming to the London Coliseum this week Continue Reading
Watching ENB perform William Forsythe is a bit like hearing a convent girl swear. It’s not really in the company’s DNA. But the nine-strong cast give Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated their best shot, and it’s a joy to see them let rip.