The Act II jardin animé sequence, in which the company forms a complexity of patterns while holding miniature rose arbours, is a sublime spectacle, almost worth the price of admission alone.
“How can classical ballet be turned into a playground, or rather a battlefield, where the individual and the group meet?” This, according to the company website, is what the Ballet National de Marseil… Continue Reading
Periodic visits from The Bolshoi Ballet have enlivened and enriched the London Summer over the past 60 years. These visits by the biggest and brashest of the world’s great ballet companies have invariably b… Continue Reading
There’s rip-roaring action, as Jeanne and her lover Phillipe (Igor Tsvirko) fly through variations with great gusto, pulling out jackpot moves and revving up the (skilfully choreographed) crowds for battle
This featureless body of dancers work in tight formation their movement building and subsiding like a breathing organism as they shift through precise patterns and placements, the occasional trio breaking the corps apart.
Maillot knows how to handle narrative, deftly switching the mood from serious to comic, and his movement is full of invention, gesture and angular quirks.
As Katharina’s serene and adored sister, Bianca, Olga Smirnova is charm and elegance itself – when they’re on at the same time, it’s a little like watching Swan Lake’s Odette and Odile share a stage.