Category Archives: English National Ballet

Bausch/Forsythe/van Manen – English National Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, London, 23 March 2017

Pina Will Hans Finally, after gawd knows how long, I finally got to see Pina Bausch’s soil-strewn The Rite of Spring. Not by Tanztheater Wuppertal but, unthinkable as it would have seemed just a few years ago, by English National … Continue reading

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Mary Skeaping’s Giselle – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 13 January 2017

Debut hat-trick I watched Mary Skeaping’s Giselle for the first time just a few days ago and came to the conclusion the first act wasn’t terribly exciting (if you’re interested, you can read the full review by clicking on this … Continue reading

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Mary Skeaping’s Giselle – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 11 January 2017

If you go down to the woods today Anyone familiar with most traditional productions of Giselle may be a little surprised by Mary Skeaping’s 1971 version for English National Ballet. It remains as faithful to the original 1841 French production as … Continue reading

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Nutcracker – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 15 December 2016

Nut again I’ve reviewed this show several times now and I’d be lying if I said it was my favourite production. Over the past few years however, some ever-improving tweaks have been introduced and tonight’s performance was undoubtedly the best … Continue reading

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Akram Khan’s Giselle – English National Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, London, 17 November 2016

Gisbloodyelle this is good Every now and again you watch a show that simply blows your mind. This was that show. Somehow Akram Khan has taken the hackneyed tale of a 19th century love-struck peasant girl and turned it into … Continue reading

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Swan Lake – English National Ballet: Royal Albert Hall, London, 4 June 2016

Osi-Osi-Osiel, Oy-Oy-Oy The great thing about Derek Deane’s Swan Lake in-the-round is that although the sheer scale of it is impressive, the story of Odette and Siegfried remains the heart upon which it relies. Alina Cojocaru began and finished the … Continue reading

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Le Corsaire – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 13 January 2016

Piratanical It’s undeniable that Le Corsaire is a pretty silly ballet. Its jolly japeries concerning pirates, slaves and human traffickers doesn’t sit too comfortably on modern eyes and the story is virtually incomprehensible. What saves it, and what’s kept it … Continue reading

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Modern Masters – English National Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, 10 March 2015

All Aboard! Three cheers to Tamara Rojo for bringing in repertoire that other British companies tend to reserve for bargepoles. Jiří Kylián, John Neumeier and William Forsythe are all under-employed in the UK so it was great to see English … Continue reading

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Swan Lake – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 11 January 2015

Vasocaru nail it English National Ballet’s Swan Lake is a very decent production and when you slot into it two dancers of the calibre of Ivan Vasiliev and Alina Cojocaru you find yourself in the middle of a highly memorable … Continue reading

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Coppelia – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 23 July 2014

Aye, Robot With a creepy old man, faithless hero and everyone constantly getting drunk, Coppélia is a funny old ballet. It is, however, amply redeemed by Delibes’ score and by plenty of opportunities for the lead couple to show their … Continue reading

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