Throughout the piece, Bourne’s choreography is highly theatrical and vigorous but only intermittently compelling ...the chief pleasure of the evening was the highly-spirited and convincing performance of the entire cast.
Tag - Hannah Vassallo
For all Bourne’s imagination, his version makes even less sense than the original.
He knows he can’t surpass Petipa (or Ivanov for 'Swan Lake') – but he can tweak their scenarios into something uniquely his own. And he’s magnificently served by a cast of just 17, capable of switching roles at the twitch of a fairy’s wing.