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Manon – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 16 January 2019

52B or not 2B It says a lot about the strength of Kenneth MacMillan’s choreography that this Manon’s power remains undiminished despite Mia Stensgaard’s underwhelming staging. Very different in style from Nicholas Georgiadis’ original designs, Stensgaard made hers for The … Continue reading

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Swan Lake – English National Ballet: London Coliseum: 3 January 2019

Corps don bleu The sight of a tightly-knit group of white tutus arranged in their geometric patterns in the lakeside acts of Swan Lake is one of the great experiences in world theatre. English National Ballet have got it nailed … Continue reading

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The Nutcracker – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Royal Albert Hall, London, 28 December 2018

The Holy Treenity Completing this year’s triumvirate of Nutcrackers in London, Birmingham Royal Ballet have taken over the Royal Albert Hall for a few days to sometimes spectacular effect. Unfortunately there’s also a lot of slack and a sense that … Continue reading

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Layla and Majnun – Mark Morris Dance Group, Silkroad Ensemble: Sadler’s Wells, 13 November 2018

Layla, Layla, wherefore art thou Layla? Layla and Majnun is a centuries old Middle-Eastern love story common to cultures across ethnic and religious divides. The two eponymous characters love each other but Layla’s parents disapprove of Majnun and force their … Continue reading

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The Emperor and the Concubine – China National Peking Opera Company: Sadler’s Wells, 20 October 2018

It’s opera Jim, but not as we know it You have to love bright, bright colours to enjoy Chinese opera. The costumes and staging dazzle with the stuff, and that’s not to mention the sparkle of the women’s remarkable headdresses. … Continue reading

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Romeo and Juliet – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, London, 12 June 2018

Similar but not the same This is Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet all right, it just looks different, that’s all. Birmingham Royal Ballet acquired MacMillan’s masterpiece in 1992 but both company and choreographer agreed that new designs would be in … Continue reading

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The Sleeping Beauty – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 6 January 2018

Rising to the Occasion Alina Cojocaru is back! And how. After a decent warm-up in William Forsythe’s Approximate Sonata 2016 at Sadler’s Wells in April, she took to the Coliseum stage in Kenneth MacMillan’s The Sleeping Beauty for English National … Continue reading

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