To Sir Frederick Ashton’s fast footwork and musicality belongs the Australian Ballet’s double bill “The Dream” and “Marguerite & Armand.” To the charming misadventure distillation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream bubbles “The Dream.” To the legend of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, dovetails Amy Harris’s Marguerite, in Harris’s last stage role before her retirement. After 22-years with the company, Harris bids farewell in a delicious camellia-bloom, echoing Marguerite’s own departure (thankfully for altogether different reasons; Harris is retiring from the stage, whereas her character Marguerite is dying of tuberculous).FREE ARTICLE
Alina Cojocaru’s technical fluency and stirring artistry have propelled her to starred ranks at both the Royal Ballet and English National Ballet. The Romanian luminary’s new self-assembled programme at Sadler’s Wells highlights this eloquence, taking a look at the many languages of ballet she’s perfected in her two decades on stage, from soft classical displays to exuberant contemporary tangles. Interestingly, there are no glimpses of Giselle or Aurora or the other marquee roles Cojocaru has built her name on; instead it’s mostly short pieces created on her in recent years, topped off with Frederick Ashton’s one-act “Marguerite and Armand”—a Royal Ballet mainstay, though not one she herself ever danced with the company.
Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg in “Reminiscence” by Tim Rushton. Photograph by Andrej Uspenski
When a choreographer takes on volcanic and iconic works from American musical giants like Leonard Bernstein and John Adams one move they could take is to cool them down with a couple of more soothing European works in between.Continua a leggere