Reviews for Song of the Earth, Checkmate, Symphonic Variations

  1. Royal Ballet in Song of the Earth, Checkmate, Symphonic Variations at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Friday 8 June 2007Performance 2-8 June 07

    ‘It is the best of farewells, because the truest to Bussell’s gifts, and we shall remember her like this: beautiful, expressive, a generous artist. She had the advantage of a magnificent performance of the Man from Gary Avis, dancing as always from the centre… 

  2. Royal Ballet in Song of the Earth, Checkmate, Symphonic Variations at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Giannandrea Poesio, The Spectator, Friday 8 June 2007Performance 2-8 June 07

    ‘with the exception of Sarah Lamb, the other five dancers, Rupert Pennefather, Lauren Cuthbertson, José Martin, Isabel McMeekan and Yohei Sasaki, projected very little and often looked out of synch.’ 

  3. Royal Ballet in Song of the Earth, Checkmate, Symphonic Variations at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Wednesday 6 June 2007Performance 2-8 June 07

    ‘If the performance by the second cast was anything to go by, we are sabotaging our balletic heritage. Song of the Earth was superbly done, but Checkmate suffered from under- playing and Symphonic Variations looked muddled.’ 

  4. Royal Ballet in Song of the Earth, Checkmate, Symphonic Variations at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Wednesday 6 June 2007Performance 2-8 June 07

    ‘So ravishing is her performance, so voluptuous her long limbs, that the idea of retirement beggars belief.’  

  5. Royal Ballet in Song of the Earth, Checkmate, Symphonic Variations at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Tuesday 5 June 2007Performance 2-8 June 07

    ‘Throughout her performance on Saturday, Bussell danced flawlessly, as deep inside the choreography and the music as I’ve ever seen her. But almost as impressive were the rest of the cast – Carlos Acosta bringing a charismatic brutal tenderness to th… 

  6. Royal Ballet in Song of the Earth, Checkmate, Symphonic Variations at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Tuesday 5 June 2007Performance 2-8 June 07

    ‘As the man, Gary Avis found new reserves of grave power, while Carlos Acosta soared and flew as the Messenger of Death, without ever quite blending in to the group. What Bussell brought was a characteristic justness of line, a perfectly placed simplicity of moveme… 

  7. Royal Ballet in Song of the Earth, Checkmate, Symphonic Variations at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Tuesday 5 June 2007Performance 2-8 June 07

    ‘The final sequence to the shimmering sixth song (The Farewell) left you agog at her [Darcey Bussell] still-lustrous technique and late-flowering emotional depth.’  

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