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Edinburgh International Festival: Juilliard Dance – The Edinburgh Playhouse

Reviewer: Orsen Ernest [rating:4.5] The preeminent modern dance school of America, Juilliard Dance, make their debut at this year’s Festival with a mixed enrichingly diverse programme. One of Juilliards' most exceptional aspects is that they seem as much company as school. There's an intelligence to their dancers; a hunger to engage as well as challenge. Beginning with the formally exacting ...

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Edinburgh International Festival: Ballet Preljocaj – The Edinburgh Playhouse

Reviewer: Orsen Ernest [rating:5] Angelin Preljocaj and his unique choreographic language has been at the vanguard of contemporary dance for several decades now, and the culmination of Ballet Preljocaj's four night run makes this startlingly vivid. The only night to feature Preljocaj's collaborations with the experimental composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, the two pieces are testaments not only to a refreshingly bold ...

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Edinburgh International Festival: David Et Jonatha, Festival Theatre

Writer: Marc-Antoine Charpentier with a libretto by Francois de Paule Bretonneau Director: Andreas Homoki Conductor: William Christie Reviewer: Jonathan Goat [Rating:5] With David et Jonathas the legendary William Christie and Les Arts Florissants may have just just delivered this year's Festival's finest act. Their production of Charpentier's groundbreaking opera is nothing less than a complete success. William Christie is well ...

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Edinburgh International Festival: London Symphony Orchestra – Usher Hall

Conducted by Valery Gergiev Brahms’ Tragic Overture and Symphony No 2 in D Szymanowski’s Symphony No 2 Reviewer: Orson Ernest [rating:5] Taking the podium for his first Festival as Honorary President, Valery Gergiev brings the London Symphony Orchestra on a four night residency performing the complete symphonies of Johannes Brahms and Karol Szynanowski. Tonight, the second in the stint, brings ...

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Edinburgh International Festival: The Makropulos Case – Festival Theatre

Writer: Leos Janacek Director: Tom Cairns Music: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Jonathan Goat [rating:4] Leoš Janáček's The Makropulos Case is the ultimate realisation of his modernist project. In this work his previous experimentation with the balance between rhythm and melody becomes ultimately justified, and most importantly, dramatically salient in a way he had never quite achieved before. The tension between the ...

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