The Indifferent Beak, a film by gifted 17-year-old choreographer Charlotte Edmonds and director Ravi Deepres, showed Eric Underwood and Claire Calvert moving with sensuous force and attack.
The true subject of 'Intimacy' seems to be the relationship between Ryan’s body and rest of her world, and how this physical relationship abruptly changed in the context of her debilitating illness... Continue Reading
Ed Watson’s interpretation of Matthew Bourne’s Swan is a gripping highlight in this programme of snippets from the classics and new work on stage and film... Continue Reading
Cunningham commands the space physically & her movement is measured but daring; watching her balance both with & without her crutches is as thrilling as watching a tight rope artist... Continue Reading
This year's Deloitte Ignite Festival at the Royal Opera House features a new commission by Aakash Odedra, which includes Turner Prize winner Ofili painting directly on to the bodies of dancers... Continue Reading
Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH is a joyful finale to the Mariinsky Ballet’s triple bill, bubbling over with invention and fabulous dancing.
A trio of showoffs wind themselves in and out of the action; a loving couple dance wistfully. On Monday, the casting was just spot-on, with the prodigious Kimin Kim fizzing and flying, and Nadezhda Batoeva and Filipp Stepin in spiky, spirited support.
…the imprisoned cavaliers embalmed in a stone frieze, and the terrifying entrance of Kostchei’s fluttering, lurching, winged and taloned monsters. I must have seen dozens of Firebirds, and few match this for fairytale shock and awe.
Alexander Golovin’s fantastical forest and Bakst’s principal costumes with their gaudy palette of mauve and turquoise have a pop-up storybook magic and the rear wall made from the petrified corpses of knights gives additional force to Stravinsky’s sublime resolution.
I think the whole thing a marvel, marvellously danced by the present Mariinsky cast, with Viktoria Tereshkina an extra marvel as Titania, with our local boy, Xander Parish, a splendid Demetrius, and the whole troupe on magnificent form. A great ballet, superbly done.