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Rock The Ballet – Peacock Theatre, London

Director: Rasta Thomas, Choreographer: Adrienne Canterna Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh Rock The Ballet aims to challenge the perception of ballet involving primarily pirouettes and tutus. Choreographed by Rasta Thomas, against a very contemporary soundtrack it is an exhilarating illuminating show. Beginning with The Chemical Brothers, The Knack and The Verve it tells the contemporary tale of young lovers (James Boyd and ...

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Vienna Festival Ballet: Cinderella – Worthing Pavilion Theatre

Artistic Director: Peter Mallek Choreographer: Sheila Styles Music: G A Rossini Reviewer: Gina Skillings The Vienna Festival Ballet is a classical ballet company founded in 1980 by Austrian dancer Peter Mallek. Based in the United Kingdom, they typically spend 7 to 8 months of the year touring small and medium venues around the country, and occasionally abroad. In 1995 Mallek ...

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Scottish Ballet: Romeo and Juliet – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Music: Sergei Prokofiev Choreography: Krzysztof Pastor Design: Tatyana van Walsum Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Often credited as the most inventive full length ballet ever created, Scottish Ballet returns with vibrant re-interpretation of the much-loved classic Romeo and Juliet. From Sergei Prokofiev’s 52-piece score and William Shakespeare'soriginal narrative, Polish choreographer Krzysztof Pastor and dramaturg Willem Bruls have “pruned discretely” many of the ...

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Ballet Central: The 2014 Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: William Glassman Choreography: Andrew McNicol, Sara Matthews, Arthur Saint Léon, Christopher Gable, Leanne King, Daniel de Andrade, Christopher Marney Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Ballet Central is the performing company of the Central School of Ballet, founded in 1982 by Royal Ballet dancer and actor, the late Christopher Gable CBE and Ann Stannard. Ballet Central was established in 1984. Their ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Swan Lake is the ballet everyone has heard of, but not many people actually know the plot of. In a nutshell, a young prince, depressed at the lack of love in his life, stumbles upon a beautiful white swan, falls in love, and then is shocked when the swan turns ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Director: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Swan Lake is well known to be one of Tchaikovsky’s great musical pieces; arguably the most famous ballet of all time. In this unusual take on the classic, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake continues to cast a spell on audiences the world over 19 years from its debut ...

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English National Ballet : Le Corsaire – The Palace Theatre, Manchester

Artistic Director: Tamara Rojo Choreographer: Anna-Marie Holmes Reviewer: Richard Marsden Based on the poem Le Corsair by Byron, it seems that during the 19th and 20th Century the work inspired many operas and ballets by leading creatives of the time, each production has taken what they believe to best suit their adaptation as well as taking influence from the original ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: The Prince of the Pagodas – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Benjamin Britten Director and Choreographer: David Bintley Conductor: Koen Kessels Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Staging ‘The Prince of the Pagodas’, Benjamin Britten’s only full-length ballet, presents difficulties for producers. The score is too long for comfort and suggests tenderness rather than the grand passion of love. David Bintley’s imaginative new production for the Birmingham Royal Ballet solves some, but not ...

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