To be honest I was a bit worried about the title - but by the end I was embarrassed by my initial approach to what turned out to be an intelligent, startlingly original & deeply human work of art. Continue Reading
This triple bill of works lurking obscurely within the shadows of war provided a surprisingly eclectic range of entertainment - and the reintroduction of an icon of British ballet history.. Continue Reading
But the glory of this bill is Symphonic Variations: plotless, rigorous, sunlit and sublime. In the lead pairing, Marianela Núñez and Vadim Muntagirov were about as good as art gets.
… seven of them perform solos of their own devising, and the mood becomes more animated. The spectators join in, making their own rhythms and the dances themselves range from old-fashioned free dance, to a kind of physical rap with a spinning chair…
(Delia) Mathews’s flighty grace and shapely patterns give Belle a more inquisitive, rather than innocent, nature, while Iain Mackay as the Beast is powerful in stature but without macho excess – his aggression and vulnerability is shown vividly through Bintley’s co…
She prowls in an animal mask, or dances in steely unison with Eduardo Guerrero and Fernando Jiménez, all curling hands and scything kicks.