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Ballo della regina / La Sylphide
Opens: 21/05/2012 Closes: 15/06/2012 Royal Opera House, LondonTwo wildly differing classics run back-to-back in ROH's double-bill, where Verdi's frothy strings are tempered by an appropriate amount of Romantic tragedy. La Sylphide sees Danish choreographer, Johan Kobborg, re-work a 19th-century ballet; while Merrill Ashley, the dancer for whom his work was created, revives Ballo della Regina. For more information visit: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions Buy: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/18556
Guardian“Not conventionally balletic...” The greatest praise, though, should be reserved for Kobborg, whose acute theatrical vision and reverence for balletic heritage make this, in every sense, a production to treasure...
Financial Times“Well-nigh perfect...” The new Royal Ballet programme of Ballo della regina and La Sylphide is tremendous. Johan Kobborg’s staging of La Sylphide is the best I know...
Evening Standard“Constructs steps with the intricacy of origami...” This intriguing double bill pairs perhaps the greatest story-teller in the history of ballet, August Bournonville, with the man who did most to get rid of conventional narrative, George Balanchine...
The Arts Desk“Magic happens...” It is the piece itself where the trouble lies. It has no real impetus, no forward motion driven by the music... With La Sylphide there can be no such questions of purpose...
The Telegraph“Full of magic...” For modern audiences it is a tension between wedded bliss and elemental freedom, between the known and the unknown, the familiar and the strange that still gives this historic piece its contemporary punch...
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