★★★★✰ - Royal Ballet School in Liam Scarlett's new Cunning Little Vixen. ★★✰✰✰ - Royal Ballet's Yasmine Naghdi debut in Two Pigeons.
Tag - Upper School
★★★✰✰ A matinee in two halves: fine before the interval, with dire, dreary choreography in the second half. Thank goodness for the exhilarating Grand Défilé at the close.
★★★★✰ It was a well-balanced programme, featuring different kinds of discipline for future corps de ballet dancers, and honouring veteran choreographers as well as contemporary ones.
★★★★✰ The Royal Ballet School in particular includes something very special in their show - the closing Grand Defile, which always brings a lump to the throat and a feeling of pride.
Question... What's the biggest audience noise you will ever hear in ballet? Answer... The roar of the audience at the end of the Royal Ballet School show at the Opera House.
If the choreography was a mixed bag there was a clear flip side, or rather two. This year's standard, particularly on the boys' side, gave cause for celebration at the strength on show...