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Fumi Kaneko and William Bracewell in Les Patineurs.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Les Patineurs, Winter Dreams, The Concert – London

★★★★✰   Now that we are all one more Nutcracker nearer death, as weary critic Richard Buckle used to bemoan, the Royal Ballet has given us a wintry bonne bouche of ballets to savour.

Osbert Lancaster's front screen for Frederick Ashton's La Fille mal gardée.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – La Fille mal gardée – London

★★★★✰   Early arrivals for the opening night of the Royal Ballet’s autumn season could watch Peregrine the pony being escorted to the stage door in readiness for his role in La Fille mal gardée…

Marianela Nuñez and Nehemiah Kish in Song of the Earth.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – The Dream, Song of the Earth – New York

After an absence of eleven years, the Royal Ballet has finally returned to New York; they’re currently presenting two programs at the Koch Theatre,..

Vadim Muntagirov, Laura Morera and Paul Kay in La Fille mal gardée.© ROH, Tristram Kenton (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – La Fille mal gardée – London

We don’t give stars but if we did this would get 5. Not to be missed.

Ballet Spectacular book cover.© Carlton Kids, The Royal Ballet and respective photographers. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Ballet Spectacular: A children’s guide to ballet and an insight into a magical world.

A key to the book’s success is that it’s based on talking about one company – the Royal Ballet – and that makes all the information so much more real and immediate.

Eric Underwood, Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares in Tetractys - The Art of Fugue.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Tetractys -The Art of Fugue, Rhapsody, Gloria – London

The Royal Ballet’s latest triple bill has a happy beginning and a sad ending and in the middle there’s Wayne McGregor’s new piece, Tetractys, an emotionally-neutral blank sheet on which you can write your own feelings – or more likely, your own thoughts.

Royal Ballet: Alexander Campbell, Itziar Mendizabal and Deidre Chapman in Kim Brandstrup's Ceremony of Innocence.© Rob Marrison. (Click image for larger version)

Aldeburgh Festival – Britten Dances bill by Royal Ballet & RB Flanders

The performance was sold out and very warmly applauded and I hope the Festival authorities will take notice, and schedule a similar programme in future years.

Royal Ballet – Birthday Offering, A Month in the Country, Les Noces – London

It is a fine selection which illustrates the variety of the Royal’s heritage works, which must beg the question how well are they are danced now…

Marianela Nunez and Nehemiah Kish in The Prince of the Pagodas. © Johan Persson, courtesy of ROH. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – The Prince of the Pagodas – London

Barry Wordsworth conducted the trimmed and re-ordered score as though it were great ballet music. If only.

Lauren Cuthbertson in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. © Johan Persson, courtesy ROH.

Royal Ballet – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – London

But if some grasp of the narrative can be assumed rather than supplied, Wheeldon still needs to make us care about his characters. He does succeed in making Alice a warm-blooded, strong-willed character, and Lauren Cuthbertson works extremely hard in the role to give us a lively, resourceful and energetic heroine. Jack is less strongly drawn. Federico Bonelli is certainly handsome enough for any teenager to fall for…

Royal Ballet and ROH2 Dance – the 2012-13 Season

An important event yesterday – the Royal Opera House annual press conference – with Kevin O’Hare announcing his first season as incoming Royal Ballet Director. He takes over from Monica Mason in the…

Royal Ballet – The Dream & Song of the Earth – London

This is turning out to be a very good season for Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth. We saw a deeply moving interpretation from Scottish Ballet at Sadler’s Wells a couple of months ago, and last night, as the second half of a Royal Ballet double bill, it again looked like a masterpiece.

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