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Eifman Ballet St Petersburg: Rodin – Coliseum, London

Reviewer: Harry Stern A flying four-day visit by Eifman Ballet provides an evening of superlative theatrical aesthetic detracted from by a number of incomprehensibly naff creative decisions that wrench the work down from its own pedestal. The problem comes when Eifman cannot distinguish the line between theatricality and melodrama. Nowhere is this more evident than in his treatment of the ...

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Die Fledermaus – English National Opera at the Coliseum, London

Composer: Johann Strauss II Director: Christopher Alden Reviewer: Harry Stern Die Fledermaus isn’t a profound piece of writing. The secret of its enduring popularity must, logically, lie in its levity. It is, in fact, the lightest of light operettas. Not so in Christopher Alden’s leaden hands, which weigh this piece of fin de siècle flimsy down to the point where ...

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Fidelio – Coliseum, London

Composer: Beethoven Director: Calixto Bieito Reviewer: Christopher Owen [rating:2] When Leonore suspects her husband Florestan is being held captive by Don Pizarro in his intricate prison fortress, she disguises herself as a boy, Fidelio and assists to the prison guard while secretly in search for her love and aiming to win the fight over injustice. Fidelio is Beethoven’s only opera ...

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Swan Lake Reloaded – London Coliseum, London

Choreographer: Fredrik Rydman Reviewer: Christopher Owen [Rating:4] Swan Lake Reloaded arrives into London at the stunning setting of the London Coliseum, and proves that such a well known ballet can be reinvented intelligently, and creatively enough to pack this stunning venue to the rafters. This version of Swan Lake strips the story of any magic or sorcery and transports the ...

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Los Vivancos present Aeternum – Coliseum, London

Reviewer: Vicky Bell [rating:3] To borrow a phrase from sport for a moment Aeternum was very much a game of two halves. The first a confused narrative of the supernatural where the undeniably talented dancers seemed trapped by the choreographic structure imposed on them; and the second a fine demonstration of physical prowess with a bit of cheekiness thrown in. ...

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Multiplicity: Forms of Silence and Emptiness – Mikhailovsky Ballet, London Coliseum

Musical Director: Mikhail Tatarnikov Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile [rating:4.5] In 1997 Nacho Duato was commissioned to create a ballet directly related to Weimar. This ballet was premiered in 1999. The version performed in the London Coliseum in 2013 was premiered at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in 2012. By using a selection of music written by Johann Sebastian Bach Duato created a piece ...

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Don Quixote – Coliseum, London

Music: Ludwig Minkus Libretto: Marius Petipa Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile [rating:5] Loosely based on the novel by Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote tells of the eponymous hero’s quest to find adventure and love like that in the books he reads. During his travels he becomes unwittingly embroiled in the relationship between Kitri, an inn keeper’s daughter and her sweetheart Basilio, the ...

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The Barber Of Seville – English National Opera at the London Coliseum

Composer: Gioachino Rossini Original Director : Jonathan Miller Revival Director : Peter Relton Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:4] Jonathan Miller’s classic staging of the Barber returns to St Martin’s Lane for the eleventh revival, a quarter of a century after its first performances. No director’s ego on view here, though. Miller has been scathing about the more bizarre operatic visions of ...

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