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  1. February 5, 2014

    Anastasia/Shadow, Saarländisches Staatstheater, Saarbrücken, Germany – review

    A duo of ballets about psychosis and the quest for identity makes for a challenging evening at Saarbrücken’s State Theatre....

  2. February 2, 2014

    Lux/Glory, Les Gémeaux, Sceaux, France – review

    One measure of a great choreographer is his ability to enhance his or her dancers’ natural talents; in other words, to make...

  1. November 11, 2013

    The Human Seasons, Royal Opera House, London – review

    The new Royal Ballet programme is an awkward thing, welcome in that it brings a creation for the company and the revival of...

  2. January 10, 2013

    The Sleeping Beauty, Coliseum, London

    Kenneth MacMillan revered The Sleeping Beauty. In it he made his first appearance on stage at Covent Garden in 1946. He...

  3. July 27, 2012

    The next steps

    Five years ago, Royal Ballet principal ballerina Darcey Bussell, who had been hailed as the greatest British dancer since...

  4. July 12, 2012

    Ballet Mixed Bill, Prinzregententheater, Munich

    To lose three dancers looks like carelessness, except that dance is live theatre and accidents do happen. To lose to injury...

  5. June 6, 2012

    The Prince of the Pagodas, Royal Opera House, London

    From the first, in 1956, when Benjamin Britten made the score for John Cranko’s dances and his addled scenario, there was...

  6. April 1, 2012

    Beyond Ballets Russes II, Coliseum, London

    The two male stars of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in those ultra-chic 1920s in Monte Carlo were Anton Dolin and Serge Lifar....

  7. February 3, 2012

    The Dream/Song of the Earth, Royal Opera House, London

    One of the odder aspects of dance-going in our time is the box office evidence of public affection for ancient monuments –...

  8. December 27, 2011

    Bayerisches Staatsballett, Nationaltheater Munich

    With sugarplums and nutcrackers a-plenty in the Christmas markets and real snowflakes on the streets of Munich, the Bavarian...

  9. November 13, 2011

    Manon, Royal Opera House, London

    The motive force in Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon is the destruction of innocence, the innocence of the seminarian des Grieux...

  10. August 10, 2011

    Anna Karenina, Covent Garden, London

    Latest arrival in the Mariinsky Ballet’s London repertory is Alexey Ratmansky’s Anna Karenina. It proposes hallucinatory...

  11. July 13, 2011

    Romeo and Juliet, Coliseum, London

    The point of the event, of course, is the presence of Natalya Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev as the lovers. For nine consecutive...

  12. May 30, 2011

    The Rite of Spring, Royal Opera House, London

    When Kenneth MacMillan made The Rite of Spring in 1962 he did not, even then, consider that the sacrificial victim was...

  13. May 6, 2011

    Manon, Royal Opera House, London

    Manon is returned to the Royal Ballet’s schedule in brighter form than of late. Costuming has been freshened; new casts have...

  14. April 15, 2011

    The Inventory: Leanne Benjamin

    Leanne Benjamin, 46, is the Royal Ballet’s longest serving principal ballerina. She was invited to join the Royal Ballet by...

  15. March 23, 2011

    Edinburgh festival to honour Asian influence

    This summer’s Edinburgh International Festival will seek to build a bridge between Asia and Europe by featuring artists from...

  16. April 2, 2010

    MacMillan ballets, Royal Opera House, London

    The Sir Kenneth MacMillan triple bill in repertory at Covent Garden is dominated by his last and most daring work, The Judas...

  17. December 2, 2009

    Requiem for one of the greats

    Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth) and Requiem , two masterpieces created for the Stuttgart Ballet by Kenneth...

  18. December 1, 2009

    MacMillan Tribute, Opera House, Stuttgart

    Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth) and Requiem, two masterpieces created for the Stuttgart Ballet by Kenneth...

  19. November 13, 2009

    Mayerling

    Of all Kenneth MacMillan's full-evening ballets, Mayerling seems to me the greatest, the most intense and assured in its...

  20. November 10, 2009

    The power and the simplicity

    Of the several accounts of The Rite of Spring that I have sat through, three have, for me, realised Stravinsky's vision of...

  21. November 9, 2009

    The Rite of Spring, Coliseum, London

    Of the several accounts of The Rite of Spring that I have sat through, three have, for me, realised Stravinsky’s vision of...

  22. September 14, 2009

    Different Drummer

    Different Drummer: The Life of Kenneth MacMillan By Jann Parry Faber £30 758 pages FT Bookshop price: £24 In the summer of...

  23. March 12, 2009

    Tragic life, troubled portrait

    The Royal Ballet stated quite clearly that the first night of Isadora was a world premiere, even though it is a reworking...

  24. December 6, 2008

    Dance Clement Crisp

    Ondine Royal Opera House London WC2 A last chance tonight at Covent Garden to see Ashton's wonderful Ondine , with Tamara...

  25. November 15, 2008

    Dance - Clement Crisp

    Manon Royal Opera House London WC2 The Royal Ballet and Kenneth MacMillan, like the sorcerer's apprentice, started...

  26. April 24, 2008

    Hamlet

    It may have seemed a good idea at the time . . . But second thoughts, third thoughts - 100th thoughts - should have...

  27. February 16, 2008

    Dance - Clement Crisp

    Sylvia Royal Opera House London WC2 Today and Tuesday bring the last performances this season of Ashton's Sylvia . I adore...

  28. February 2, 2008

    Dance: Clement Crisp

    Different Drummer Royal Opera House London WC2 The Royal Ballet proposes the first performance of a new triple bill today...

  29. January 26, 2008

    DANCE: Clement Crisp

    Tango por Dos Peacock Theatre, London WC2 If you've seen these spiffy Argentines (below) before, no further words of mine...

  30. November 10, 2007

    DANCE - Clement Crisp

    Michael Clark Barbican Theatre, London EC2 Michael Clark's Stravinsky programme ends tonight at the Barbican. This year he...

  31. June 23, 2007

    DANCE

    Birmingham Royal Ballet Truro, Poole and Cheltenham; Middlesborough, Durham and York Amoeba-like, Birmingham's pride and...

  32. June 20, 2007

    BALLET Manon Metropolitan Opera House, New York

    It was one of those evenings when the artists transcend the material. A staple of American Ballet Theatre via Kenneth...

  33. June 9, 2007

    The good, the bad and the relentlessly ugly

    It is sobering to walk around the bleak displays of Panic Attack!, the Barbican centre's newly opened exhibition on art in...

  34. June 8, 2007

    Good, bad and relentlessly ugly

    It is sobering to walk around the bleak displays of Panic Attack! , the Barbican centre’s newly opened exhibition on art in...

  35. June 8, 2007

    Darcey Bussell - Covent Garden, London

    When Kenneth MacMillan chose the 19-year-old Darcey Bussell as the heroine for his new three-act Prince of the Pagodas in...

  36. June 7, 2007

    Darcey Bussell, Covent Garden, London

    When Kenneth MacMillan chose the 19-year-old Darcey Bussell as the heroine for his new three-act Prince of the Pagodas in...

  37. June 2, 2007

    DANCE

    Royal Ballet Royal Opera House, London WC2 As a closing gesture for the current season, the Royal Ballet presents a...

  38. May 26, 2007

    DANCE

    Swan Lake Royal Opera House, London WC2 Well, if they must, they must. The Royal Ballet, in a frenzy of creativity and...

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