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Royal Ballet - The Dream / Song of the Earth

Opens: 01/02/2012 Closes: 05/03/2012 ROH, London
A history lesson for dance fans as The Royal Ballet pays tribute to two seminal former artistic directors in this double staging. Kenneth MacMillan's Song of the Earth takes inspiration from Gustav Mahler's music while Frederick Ashton's The Dream condenses A Midsummer Night's Dream into a one-act dance. For more information visit: http://www.roh.org.uk/whatson/production.aspx?pid=17626 Buy: http://www.roh.org.uk/whatson/production.aspx?pid=17626
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Financial Times“Trusting the steps, living in the music...” The ensemble shows impeccable artistry. On some paradisal cloud Dame Ninette must, surely, be smiling...
 
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The Observer“A fine, detailed revival...” The principals and the 16-strong ensemble rise to its challenges with measured precision, both technical and emotional. Acosta moves between quiet gravitas and mocking imitation of the activities of mortals unable to bear too much reality...
 
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The Telegraph“Engages with the great themes of death and renewal...” It might be said that the early scenes of this one-act ballet – a sly, sexy distillation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream set to Mendelssohn – were suffering a mild case of Poluninitis...
 
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The Stage“A near perfect matching...” Frederick Ashton’s gossamer-light interpretation of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy is easy to like and a pleasure to watch, although that doesn’t mean it is easy to dance...
 
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The Arts Desk“Alina Cojocaru and Tamara Rojo dazzle in two British masterpieces...” This ballet came after Romeo and Juliet, a drama in which Rojo is superb, but she brings something quite different here from that taut, desperate girl...
 
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Evening Standard“The Royal Ballet is hardly overawed by this colossal work...” The unenviable task of making us forget that there was ever a Sergei Polunin at the Royal Ballet fell to Steven McRae, and was made all the more difficult by the role in which he had to do it...
 
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The Independent“Full of moments you want to freeze and revisit...” The Dream, a 50-minute contraction of Shakespeare's play, is a fragile thing, delicate as cobweb. The cleverest idea of its choreographer Frederick Ashton was to set it, in design and gesture, in the period of Mendelssohn's music...
 
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Guardian“Features some of the most quirkily beautiful choreography Ashton created...” In one evening, we're given the ballet equivalent of a wedding and a funeral, and the breadth is exhilarating...
 
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