"Still Life at the Penguin Cafe" tag
Tzu-Chao Chou in ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Arcadia, Le Baiser de la fée, ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café – London

★★✰✰✰   Bintley’s ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café saves a dispiriting evening by providing nimble demi-character dancing with a timely message, first delivered nearly 20 years ago.

Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares in Diamonds.© ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2011. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House – A Gala Celebration: Life Reimagined – London

Both Royal Ballet premieres, one by Kim Brandstrup, the other by Liam Scarlett, were surely keepers, bound to be seen again.

Birmingham Royal Ballet in 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – E=mc2, Tombeaux, ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café – London

What the programme showed was that, unlike most of other ballet choreographers in Britain today, Bintley’s work isn’t primarily about the pas de deux.

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