"Beyond Ballet Russes" tag
Begona Cao, Daria Klimentova and Anais Chalendard in Apollo. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Beyond Ballets Russes, Programme 2 – London

In format Suite en Blanc reminds me a little of Harald Lander’s Etudes, and it certainly fulfils the same purpose in providing the company with a spectacular programme-closer. ENB may be going through a difficult period but they don’t let it show on stage.

Vadim Muntagirov in Suite en Blanc. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet, Beyond Ballet Russes, Programme 2

Picture above is from Dave Morgan: ENB – Beyond Ballet Russes: programme 2 – 30 pictures

English National Ballet – Beyond Ballet Russes, Programme 1 – London

Firebird: To Williamson’s credit, the action, though baffling, never palls. He knows how to deploy a diverse cast, using an interesting vocabulary of classical ballet steps and partnering. He’s obviously fired up his dancers to commit themselves to their roles, flaunting their glitzy costumes with panache. But it’s a muddled piece, overpowered by Stravinsky’s myth-making music.

Erina Takahashi in The Rite of Spring. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet, Beyond Ballet Russes, Programme 1

34 pictures by Dave Morgan of Firebird, L-après-midi d’un faune, Faun(e) and The Rite of Spring.

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