Monthly Archives: July 2011

Homage to Fokine – Mariinsky Ballet: Covent Garden, 29 July 2011

The Mariinsky are good for Fokine After an opening salvo of four sold-out Swan Lakes the Mariinsky Ballet have chosen a Mikhail Fokine triple bill as their next assault on the Covent Garden senses. Chopiniana (usually known as Les Sylphides … Continue reading

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Roland Petit’s Carmen – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 24 July 2011

Three chairs for Petit For whatever reason, here in the UK we rarely get the chance to see the work of Roland Petit, the French choreographer  who sadly passed away just two weeks ago. So it was refreshing and timely for the English … Continue reading

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Political Mother – Hofesh Shechter: Sadler’s Wells, London, 14 July 2011

Pardon? Not many shows open with a gentle string sextet accompanying a samurai committing hari-kari only to be spectacularly overwhelmed by three tiers of musicians thrashing out the crunchiest, but surprisingly melodic, Middle-Eastern enhanced Heavy Metal. With eight specialist drummers, … Continue reading

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Ashton’s Romeo & Juliet – Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova: London Coliseum, 12 July 2011

The thighs have it Sold on the glamour and box office appeal of Bolshoi barnstormers Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova, Sir Frederick Ashton’s neglected Romeo and Juliet at London’s Coliseum sadly didn’t live up to the hype. It’s quickly apparent why … Continue reading

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6000 miles away – Sylvie Guillem: Sadler’s Wells, London, 6 July 2011

Sylvie through the looking glass One of the most exciting developments in dance over the past few years has been the increasingly inventive use of film projections. And so it was with the world premiere of Mats Ek’s Bye created … Continue reading

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Exhibition Review: Bassano Ltd – Ballet in Focus; National Portrait Gallery, London

Puttin’ on the Ritz At the turn of the twentieth century the London photographic studio Bassano Ltd was responsible for portraits of the great and the good of British society, including Queen Victoria and the famous image of Lord Kitchener used on First World … Continue reading

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