Yet another depiction of wartime combat, Ivan Perez’ full-length ballet fails to discover a new language for a theme explored by every choreographer from MacMillan to Maliphant.
It is said that the front-line soldier’s experience is an alternation of utter hell and crushing tedium. Sad to say, Young Men, the new First World War commemoration from the BalletBoyz, is merely something close to hellishly tedious.
It all works because this doesn’t feel like a period piece — the story of young men going to war is not one consigned to history, sadly. This is the endless cycle of boys throwing themselves into the abyss. Fighting and falling, fighting and falling. You could accuse…
Cojocaru’s dancing has a moonlit glow, moving in sorrowful ripples.
A lean of the torso to indicate longing, a bow of the head to suggest reflection, and outstretched hands that tenderly hold his precious Swan Queen. Vasiliev is not a ‘guest artiste’ on professional auto-pilot, but a committed performer whose characterisation almost …
For Cojocaru it’s a breeze. She’s the most feather-like of dancers — assuming that feather is made out of graphene, or some other ultra-light, ultra-strong wonder material.
English National Ballet’s production of Swan Lake, by Derek Deane – the ninth version it has danced over the years – is an impeccably judged piece of work. From choreography and plot nuances to Peter Farmer’s designs, it is a model of clear, unmodish thinking, an…
These gorgeous extracts remind us of how absolutely refreshing is the undiluted style of the Royal Danish Ballet and it has introduced me to excellent dancers who are strangers to London... Continue Reading
He started his career performing on Covent Garden's piazza in the 1980s - now Sean Gandini has moved inside the Royal Opera House and produced some stunning works combining juggling with dance... Continue Reading
Alina Cojocaru & Ivan Vasiliev suit each other like caviar and vodka, even in roles that are not ideally matched to either dancer. Continue Reading
Even Natalia Osipova can’t always defy gravity. Making her debut in The Royal Ballet’s production of Don Quixote, the Russian star fell after a soaring leap… Young Akane Takada stepped in for the last two acts, dancing with superb assurance.
While the Royal has plenty of artists who can deliver snappy backbends, high-flying jetes and scorching pirouettes, that kind of fearless exhibitionism isn’t a given throughout the ranks.