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Review: Liam Scarlett’s ‘Symphonic Dances’ Celebrates a Ballerina

LONDON — A vast, cavernous space, dominated by a smoky cone of light. That’s the first image of Liam Scarlett’s new “Symphonic Dances,” an ambitious, large-scale work for the Royal Ballet that opened at the Royal Opera House here on Thursday, sharing a program with William Forsythe’s “The …


Symphonic Dances, The Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, review: The choreography is full of activity but lacks weight

The Royal Ballet’s latest mixed bill starts with two showstoppers, then wanders into aimlessness. Worse, it’s the company’s own new and recent …


Royal Ballet mixed bill; Rambert review – Liam Scarlett's new ballet was worth the wait

Royal Opera House; Sadler’s Wells, London Scarlett’s Symphonic Dances is a fitting centrepiece to a top night at the Royal. And Aletta Collins makes a virtue of repetition<p>A fine and confident <b>Royal Ballet</b> quadruple bill crowned a resonant week of dance in London. The evening opens with William …


Royal Ballet mixed bill review – Scarlett and Yanowsky deliver a mesmerising melodrama

Royal Opera House, London A magnificent performance by Zenaida Yanowsky in Liam Scarlett’s Symphonic Dances crowns a programme including Balanchine, Forsythe and Wheeldon<p>When Zenaida Yanowsky retires at the end of this season, the Royal Ballet will lose one of its most profoundly intelligent and …


Royal Ballet mixed bill review at Royal Opera House, London

This rousing mixed bill from the Royal Ballet opens with William Forsythe’s notoriously demanding work The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude.<p>From the …


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A craftsmanlike but chilly exercise in diva worship - Symphonic Dances, Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, review

After a string of <b>narrative misfires</b>, it’s good to see that talented young choreographer <b>Liam Scarlett</b> is at least back on safer, abstract territory. Which is not, however, to say that his new piece isn’t a strange beast.<p>Set to and named after Rachmaninov’s soaring Symphonic Dances, and following …


Meet the taxi driver returning to his ballet roots

A Brisbane taxi driver will have the opportunity to return to his ballet roots thanks to a unique community dance workshop.<p>Paul Morewood is one of a …


Jewels in the crown of London’s Royal Ballet

Balanchine’s 1967 three-act Jewels is regarded as the first abstract full-length ballet. Emeralds set to Faure pays tribute to France, the birthplace …


Intelligence, nuance and white-hot energy: Royal Ballet’s Mayerling reviewed

Few three-act ballets offer such a wealth of secondary roles and few companies have the strength in depth to cast them<p>A tragic flaw is one thing — every hero should have one — but <i>Mayerling</i>’s Rudolf, a syphilitic drug addict with a mother fixation and a death wish, is a very hard man to love.<p>Kenneth …


Alexander Campbell

Inheriting abilities from one’s parents is one of the happy accidents of birth. A remarkable example of inheritance of exceptional abilities from both sides is Alexander Campbell, an Australian principal dancer with the Royal Ballet who will be appearing with that company in Brisbane between 29 …


A convincing vortex of lust and insanity – Mayerling, Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, review

Prior to the Royal Ballet’s 1978 premiere of the narratively extravagant vortex of lust and insanity that is Mayerling (on St Valentine’s Day, no less) the company nervously sent out synopses to the critics. This was a remarkable step, but also understandable. For if, as George Balanchine once …


How to attract audiences: a radical rethink

Sometimes the more you know, the less you see. There are about 18 pieces of data that arts organisations typically gather from their ticketing …


Junkyard and Mayerling: this week’s best UK theatre and dance

Teen misfits save the day in Jack Thorne and Stephen Warbeck’s play, while the Royal Ballet tackles the Austro-Hungarian empire<p>Theatre<p><b>1 Junkyard</b><br>It may be more of a play with songs than a fully fledged musical, but you would have to have a heart of stone not to warm to Jack Thorne and Stephen …


An astonishing meditation on the nature of grief - Betroffenheit, Sadler's Wells, review

Betroffenheit is not at all easy to watch, and nor was it ever going to be. Premiered in 2015, first seen at Sadler’s Wells only last year, and back this week for just two performances, it was conceived by actor and playwright Jonathon Young in the wake of an appalling personal tragedy: losing his …


Introverts aren’t voiceless—they’re quietly powerful

In many Western countries, extroversion, outgoingness, talkativeness, and charismatic salesmanship are considered requirements for success and happiness. In such cultures, introverts are not just silent, but voiceless.<p>In today’s society, to call a person or a group “voiceless” is to call them …


The Royal Ballet presents ‘Jewels’ at Royal Opera House, London

The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, London, is presenting a ballet performance titled ‘Jewels,’ which runs through April 21, 2017.The …


Erdem to Design Costumes for the Royal Ballet

<b>ON STAGE:</b> Erdem Moralioglu will be taking his flair for romance and storytelling from the runway to the stage of the Royal Ballet next year in a …


Balanchine’s fiendishly difficult Jewels is brilliantly danced by the Royal Ballet

But the cut-price sets are an unworthy setting for the costumes<p>A trio of dazzling scores, the soft clack of gemstones on hips and collarbones, a glittering parure of solos, duets and ensembles: George Balanchine’s <i>Jewels</i> returns to the Covent Garden repertoire to celebrate its 50th anniversary.<p>The …


Royal Ballet gambles on new talent and competitive spirit to invigorate classics

For its 2017-18 season, the Royal Ballet pays tribute to Kenneth MacMillan and Leonard Bernstein – and brings in Liam Scarlett, Edmund de Waal and a take on a deranged silent movie<p>One of the Royal Ballet’s finest hours last year was the anniversary revival of Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, in which five …


Fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu steps in to work on Royal Ballet Leonard Bernstein tribute

The east London-based designer will work with choreographer Christopher Wheeldon on a new one-act ballet paying tribute to composer Leonard …


15 places to hide from the rain in London

1<p>Staying indoors definitely isn’t boring in the bucolic surroundings of Hampstead’s famous neoclassical villa. Many an hour can be spent ogling its …


Balanchine's Jewels: the product-placement ballet that became a masterpiece

With its shameless courting of wealthy New York, George Balanchine’s plot-free ballet Jewels was initially seen as tacky. But its magical synthesis of ballet history means it has endured for 50 years<p>As George Balanchine’s Jewels turns 50, the Royal Ballet are one of several companies worldwide to …


Dancer (12A) - Broadway - Cinema | Cafebar | Nottingham

<b>Director:</b> Steve Cantor<p>Country: UK/US<br>Year: 2016<br>Duration: 120m<br>Blessed with astonishing power and poise, Sergei Polunin took the dance world by storm …


‘Genus’ shows evolution of choreographer Wayne McGregor

The National Ballet of Canada is host the North American premiere of Genus, whose creator drew inspiration from Charles Darwin.


Dance reviews: The Human Seasons, After The Rain and Flight Pattern

AS A throwaway example of the Royal Ballet’s current excellence I doubt company director Kevin O’Hare could do much better than this outstanding show.

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What's missing from Project Polunin: taste

Plus: an evening at the Royal Ballet is saved by Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite<p>There was a nasty sound of pens being sharpened last week as Royal Ballet runaway Sergei Polunin prepared to unveil his latest venture. The reviews were as dire as the show but the overriding mood was one of regret …


Flight Pattern, dance review: Crystal Pite's extraordinary talent shines in Royal Ballet triple bill

Pite's piece tackling the refugee crisis reminded us that art is about humanity as well as beauty, writes Lyndsey Winship<p>It's the Royal Ballet's …


28 ace things to do in London this week

Ready for a week of fun? Make your way to a Stitch ’n’ Bitch workshop, dig into Vietnamese street food at a super supper club, or check out …


Royal Ballet triple bill review – five stars for Crystal Pite

Royal Opera House, London The Canadian choreographer cuts to the heart with the Royal Ballet’s first new work by a female dance-maker in 18 years<p>The Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite is one of the finest dance-makers on the world stage. Her works address the human condition with fearlessness and …

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