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July 4, 2014 7:08 pm
Les Saisons Russes du XXI siècle, Coliseum, London
This Russian enterprise, dedicated to the revival – sometimes exhumation, sometimes Burke-and-Hare grave-pillaging – of the major works of the Diaghilev Ballets Russes, returns to the Coliseum on Wednesday for a short season.
A first and adventurous programme (July 8-10) brings a staging of Rimsky Korsakov’s opera-ballet Le Coq d’Or, to remind us of Fokine’s 1914 version, with its tremendous Goncharova design. (It was later turned into a vivid one-act ballet.) There follows a triple bill of predictabilities – Petrushka, Chopiniana, the Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor – on July 11-12; and a programme acutely identified as Diaghilev Festival of Ballet on July 13. The performers are the Moscow State Ballet and Opera, a troupe which takes these arts to youthful audiences.
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Coppélia, Coliseum, London
Coppélia, that blessed ballet, will occupy the Coliseum stage later in the month in Ronald Hynd’s happy staging for the English National Ballet.
The production is an offspring of the Royal Ballet’s ideal and now unjustly neglected version. It is, incidentally, more serious in its themes than some companies believe, and certainly more difficult – for both classic ballerina and her partner, and the peasant hordes in czardas and mazurka – than some ensembles realise. But what a joy it is!
July 23-27, details as above
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Brasil Brasileiro, Sadler’s Wells, London
This exuberant “samba spectacular” brings 38 dancers, singers and musicians from Rio de Janeiro for a summer entertainment created by Claudio Segovia.
July 8-27, sadlerswells.com, 0844 871 0090
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Hamlet, Peacock Theatre, London
The Yohangza Theater Company mix dance, voice and percussion, tradition and experiment, in this Korean version of the Shakespearean classic.
July 12, details as above
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