As part of the Palace Opera and Ballet season, celebrating 70 years at the Royal Opera House, the Royal Ballet brings it season to a close with a tribute to its founder choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton.
The tribute comprised a marvellous triple bill featuring The Dream (1964), based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the non-narrative work Symphonic Variations (1946) to music by Franck (Ashton’s first work after World War 2), and then finally the 1963 passionate, tempestuous Marguerite and Armand (1963), based on La Dame Aux Camellias, created for the legendary partnership of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev to a Lizst sonata.
This particular performance also marks the retirement from the stage of principal Zenaida Yanowsky and at the end we see the extended curtain calls and appearances by several of her leading men who have partnered her over the years in various roles.
Opening the program was a delightful revival of The Dream. The forest clearing set was enchanting and beautifully lit, the Mendelssohn music gloriously played by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under the energetic baton of Emmanuel Plasson with the London Oratory Junior Choir giving a fine performance. The fairies were absolutely enchanting. Continue reading PALACE OPERA AND BALLET : ROYAL BALLET PRESENTS AN ASHTON TRIPLE BILL→
Lush and stylish, this production is a glorious feats of dance, yet again proving why this version is rightly regarded as a classic. Macmillan’s fiendishly difficult choreography is marvellously performed.
This screening, in which we get to see Roberto Bolle and Misty Copeland dance together for the first time. is of the performance that took place at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on the 15th January this year.
The orchestra under the baton of maestro Patrick Fournillier played the lyrical, achingly passionate Prokofiev music thrillingly. Music lovers should enjoy the many detailed closeups of the various sections of the orchestra.
Lush, lavish, opulent and very detailed with a huge cast, this is an extraordinarily powerful version of the MacMillan masterpiece, wonderfully performed by the Paris Opera Ballet with a Gallic flavour.
What makes this performance extra special is that it is the farewell performance by the amazing Aurelie Dupont. Dupont plays the part of Manon and she is simply superb.
Technically the dancing, as one would expect from the Paris Opera Ballet, is outstanding, with fine ensemble work and dazzling displays by the leads. There is great attention paid to characterisation and the sumptuous, detailed costumes- set and costume design are by Nicholas Georgiadis- are magnificent. Just for example observe Madame X’s superb bronze coloured ‘Watteau – back‘ opulent dress. Mostly the Georgiadis designs are in russet, autumnal tones.Continue reading Paris Opera Ballet Presents L’Histoire de Manon→