Opera & Dance641 entries

La Valse / New Brandstrup / Winter Dreams / Theme and Variations

Opens: 15/10/2010 Closes: 30/10/2010 Royal Opera House, London

A delightfully eclectic selection featuring the 1919 classic La Valse, Winter Dreams, originally commissioned for the Queen Mother's birthday, and Theme and Variations – a grand picture of pre-revolution Russia...

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The Independent“A long but rewarding mixed bill...” The Royal Ballet gave a handsome performance, led by Tamara Rojo grand and confident. Sergei Polunin powers through the terrifying demands of the virtuoso male role...
 
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Financial Times“Choreography is a living art in London WC2...” The four one-act ballets now on view at Covent Garden are A Very Good Thing. Of course we must see the dinosaurs that form the Royal Ballet’s full-length identity, but not in the abundance that makes the repertory resemble Jurassic Park...
 
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The Stage“Brandstrup’s short ballet looked strong...” Brandstrup’s choreography pinpoints the despair of separation. At first Benjamin and Watson are reluctant to accept the fact they must part, which translates into speedy, upward moving lifts. But eventually they are reconciled to their fate...
 
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MusicOMH“Full of sparks...” Theme and Variations is a technically difficult piece, but they made it look like a breeze. Rojo’s lightning-fast footwork, however, was eclipsed by the young Polunin’s super high jumps...
 
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Guardian“Winter Dreams is awkward...” Given the right ensemble, these vignettes can gel into an atmospheric evocation of the play. But with Carlos Acosta badly miscast as Vershinin, even the delicately drawn suffering of Marianela Núñez's Masha doesn't begin to make it hang together...
 
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The Telegraph“Like a poem, fleeting and lovely...” The new ballet on this rich programme takes as its theme the idea of creating something out of nothing - which is, when you come to think about it, the miracle of all art...
 
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Evening Standard“A diverse mixed programme...” The evening’s opener, Ashton’s La Valse — a big-scale ensemble work — looked appropriately grand but felt out of sync with the intimate duets of the other three works...
 
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The Arts Desk“Unafraid and curious...” Ashton’s La Valse is feverishly unbuttoned in its suggestiveness, despite the aristocratic clothes, while MacMillan’s Winter Dreams (a very long winter) fills a houseful of Chekhov characters with a detail and individuality...
 
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Whatsonstage.com“Not yet reviewed”
 
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