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...]
Reviews of Ballet in London
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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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I really should go to the ballet more often. It’s a rare treat, but one that never fails to enchant me. And I wasn’t the only one feeling the love at last night’s UK premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella, performed by the Dutch National Ballet and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. The story is one we all know well… and yet at the same time, it’s not. Wheeldon took as his inspiration the Brothers Grimm version of the fairy tale rather than the more traditional Charles Perrault story. So … [Read more...]
Ballet Boyz' new work has no ballet in it. It is a visceral and gripping piece of dance theatre, with dancers who are strong, energetic and virile with a tremendous sense of drama. The opening is immediately disturbing: low lights, ominous, unsettling, sinuous music and young men running, competing in clusters of three in the background while a girl moves among them alone, bemused and fearful. The men play games that are not really games but masculine expressions of tension and aggression, … [Read more...]
No, there isn’t a typo in the show’s title. Choreographer Mats Ek says in the programme notes, that an early draft of Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers had Juliet’s name first and so that is why this version has the names in the order it does. The swapping of names is the first big step away from a traditional staging of this ballet. The second is the use of Tchaikovsky’s score, rather than the more usual, and much better known, Prokofiev version. To add fuel to the fire for … [Read more...]
Tucked away in the back streets of Victoria’s current and seemingly vast building site is a new theatre, the newest theatre complex to be built in London for 30 years in fact. St James Theatre comprises of a 300+ theatre space and an intimate 100 seat studio space. It is the latter that hosted the London Ballet Company this week, as part of the Lunchtime Theatre programme. A short but sweet 45 minute dance piece, perfectly squeezed into the lunch breaks of those nearby. It’s not hard to guess … [Read more...]