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The Prince of the Pagodas
Opens: 02/06/2012 Closes: 29/06/2012 ROH, LondonGolden salamanders and wraiths of Asian mythology populate the mystical ‘Land of the Pagodas', which choreographer John Cranko created for the Royal Ballet in 1957. This ROH production sees prima ballerina Marianela Nuñez reprise a role first danced by Darcey Bussell, and a narrative score infused with the fantastical chords of Balinese gamelan music. For more information visit: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/the-prince-of-the-pagodas-by-kenneth-macmillan Buy: http://www.roh.org.uk/events/booking/20120410 Watch:
The Arts Desk“Its problems are the performers'...” It’s not children’s stuff, and it needs stirring dramatic and dancing performances in the key roles to unify it into a strong magical fable for adults...
Evening Standard“A somewhat creaky plot...” Pagodas is an eccentric curio. But if you enjoy the styling — and subversion — of modern choreographers Matthew Bourne, DV8 and Javier Frutos, there’s much to enjoy...
Financial Times“A fine, fine achievement...” An honourable account of MacMillan’s vision, and a not inconsiderable reminder that he was grandly skilled in making pur-sang academic dances...
The Independent“A ballet which has run its course...” The choreographer who mined his dark side so incisively in big ballets such as Mayerling and small ones such as Las Hermanas, appears floored by the slender outlines of fairytale...
The Telegraph“An effervescent revival...” If it was criticised at the time for being too prolix, this freshly trimmed staging by Monica Mason and Grant Coyle feels not a minute too long...
Guardian“Some of the performances are excellent...” The dance pulse in the score – the essential springboard of a ballet – is fatally intermittent. Even with the musical and choreographic edits that have tightened up the Royal Ballet's revival, Pagodas remains an obdurate challenge...
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