Orwell’’s 1984 is a hapless tale, dark and ominous in its subject matter, where the rebellious protagonists are doomed from the start. The inescapable surveillance from a faceless Big Brother feels just as relevant now in the era of Orwell’s novel. How, then, can such an iconic tale of politics, hate and turmoil be translated into a comprehensible ballet? With such a complex narrative to convey, this reviewer certainly imagined the plot would be boiled down to a series of motifs that inferred at … [Read more...]
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William Forsythe – A Quiet Evening of Dance
Take the title of choreographer William Forsythe’s A Quiet Evening of Dance literally. For the first forty-five minutes of this show, the only sound you’ll hear is a sometimes soundtrack of distant birds singing quietly and the dancers breathing. The house lights are left up, you’re visible and there’s no set. It’s all black on black with occasional highlights of grating colour in the form of what looks a lot like coloured rubber gloves. The consequence is the audience is left uncomfortable, exposed physically and emotionally in their familiar Sadler’s seats, tested on an actual appreciation of choreography with no comfort blankets and nowhere to hide.
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The Vienna Festival Ballet company have triumphed again with their latest national tour of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. As I along with every other member of the audience that filled The Radlett Centre witnessed a visually stunning piece of art that held the full attention of everyone present from curtain up till the well-deserved curtain call, it was plain to see how the artistic director and world renowned former ballet dancer Peter Mallek has built such a huge following since he founded The VFB … [Read more...]
Principal dancer Tamara Rojo is now over four years into her reign as Artistic Director at English National Ballet, throughout which time she has transformed the company from a regular touring company predictably relaying the classics, to a daring company showcasing new work from emerging choreographers and performances designed to appeal to younger dance fans. Notably in 2014, Lest We Forget, a triple bill commissioned to mark the anniversary of World War I, was a huge success and I approached … [Read more...]
I was lucky enough to see Lest We Forget just under eighteen months ago when it first premiered at The Barbican. Back then I left the theatre moved by the power and poignancy of these brave new works. So it was a joy to return months later with the works still sitting vividly in my mind to see how they have developed. Liam Scarlett’s No Man’s Land is an emotive and sensual story of absence. The piece begins with the women’s silent screams at the departure of their partners, as they each wrap … [Read more...]
Whether a ballet novice or connoisseur, certain expectations come with viewing a Russian ballet company’s Swan Lake. St Petersburg Ballet Theatre don’t come with the renown or prestige of the Mariinsky or the Bolshoi but the arrival of the “Irina Kolesnikova Season” in London, certainly suggests they have no lack of confidence in their principal dancer. Kolesnikova is a temptress even as Odette, her strong physique is powerful and commanding. However, for the most part she is a machine that … [Read more...]