This best-known tale of love and death has been superbly reduced to the concentrated essence of splendid dance theatre. Continue Reading
Bausch seems to be portraying our world through the eyes of a visiting alien, choreographing a comedy of touching, silly, cruel, occasionally enchanting but ultimately pointless human activity.
On a set of curved white walls, Maillot declutters the ballet’s epic realism: there are no harlots, prissy sword fights or members of the corps de ballet pretending to sell things to each other. Instead, pale-toned Capulets meet Montagues in costumes of purple and char…
This is a Romeo and Juliet stripped of fustian trappings, in which exuberant bonds of male friendship, mother-daughter conflict and the flowering of first love are explored with tender psychological acuity.
There’s a feeling of global wandering... and the desert evoked by the giant (and undeniably phallic) cacti seems less of a physical location and more a place of the soul. Continue Reading
Throughout the cast The Royal Ballet are a credit to Ashton’s legacy and to his belief that the ballet would – like the subject matter – be an eternal spring, infused with a rich new life throug… Continue Reading
When Muntagirov is dancing his solo variations, he rises to moments of transcendence, his long legs and arms sustaining beautiful shapes in the air and finding their own music within the choreography.
Add a plucky quintet of chickens, a decorous octet of friends, fine (if occasionally hurried) work from the corps and zesty playing from the pit, and you have an evening that effervesced from start to finish with life, love and laughter.