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Friday June 13, 2013.


Ballet News Reviews | English National Ballet’s Swan Lake in the round  

Swan Lake English National Ballet Royal Albert Hall 12th June 2013


n arena production such as this one can never deliver the intimacy and story-telling that you get in a

traditional theatre, but that’s not to say that it is without merit. It’s a spectacle. 60 swans instead of 16; twice as many cygnets and dancing in every corner of the arena. Actually, it’s the sheer quantity of dancing that saves this Swan Lake. Because there is an audience just a whisker away from the action, there is nowhere for the dancers to hide (or rest) and they have to enter and exit through the auditorium. This makes it hard on the dancers – firstly because the stage is vast and secondly because there is no ‘back’. They are on show the whole time.

Having seen this production many times, what you’re looking for is a stellar performance from the massed ranks of swans (tick) and something that lifts it out of the ordinary from the principal dancers (tick, eventually). Tamara Rojo invited Dutch National Ballet principal Matthew Golding to dance with her on opening night. When she danced Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty she was so nervous you could see the tension crackling before your eyes and it was difficult to watch. It did take a while for the partnership to gel, right up until Act 111, but when it did, my goodness, it really did. Golding brought out the best in Rojo, who looked without a care in the world. They both fired off each other and produced some spectacular dancing – 32 fouettes and all. The audience responded wildly because their joy had transferred to everyone watching. Golding is tall and strong – a great partner and just as mesmerizing in the difficult adagio solos (you try sitting for ten minutes on stage and then launch into your solo with no warm up) where his extensions were high and clear. The moment when he returns to the lake, repentant, and drops to his knees in front of Odette, is a moment to cherish, and Rojo responded with tenderness and forgiveness that was truly moving. So too was her rousing of the corps once Rothbart had been vanquished (excellently played by James Streeter).

Polina Semionova-Best Dancer of the World


olina Alexandrovna Semionova, Moscow, 1984) is a Russian ballet dancer. It «First dancer" Staatsoper

Unter den Linden in Berlin. It is regarded as a Prima Ballerina and is one of the youngest to reach that kind of recognition. While studying at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow, and got several awards in major ballet competitions, including gold in the "Moscow International Ballet Competition" of 2001, the First Prize in the "Vaganova-Prix Ballet Competition" in 2002 St. Petersburg Junior Award in the "International Ballet Competition" in Nagoya, Japan, in 2002. Graduating in 2002, Semionova joined the "Ballet Staatsoper Berlin" as a principal dancer at the invitation of Vladimir Malakhov, becoming the youngest principal dancer in the history of the company with 18 years. He had toured Japan as Malakhov companion, hence this invitation. She played the lead roles in The Nutcracker and La Bayadère during the first season, and then Tatiana in Onegin, which became his favorite. In 2003, at age 19, Polina performed with the National Ballet Inglés Swan Lake, achieving great success among English critics. The following year, he joined the California Ballet for their production of The Sleeping Beauty (ballet), again impressing critics despite the rest of the set was not so well appreciated. She also appeared in the music video of Herbert Grönemeyer "Demo (Letzter Tag)", which to be uploaded to YouTube, was announced to a wider audience than just ballet fan. Polina is one of the dancers who appear in the DVD EuroArts Divine Dancers Live from Prague, in which dance a 'pas de deux' ballet Manon.

The Queen of the ballet BALLET NEWS world exclusive

David Nixon convincing interpretation of the story of Cleopatra for Northern Ballet shed light on its fundamental link with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, and on Monday night the two prior ballet company ballet pas de deux again. Not many survive facts about Cleopatra was born in 69BC end of a ancient Greek queen and the

Cleopatra was regarded as a great beauty by many, including the Greek historian Plutarch, who said that when she met Caesar, who had no experience "was going to visit Antony at the very time when women have the most brilliant beauty." , By the time Antony seduced both were experienced. You can imagine. She was smart, however, and his wit and charm is said to have realized even more than her beauty.

Apollo’s Angels – reviewed

Jennifer Homan's history of ballet, Apollo's Angels, is told from the perspective of a former dancer (trained at the School of American Ballet, performed with Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet) , which "dealt with the dilemmas of interpretation knots. of different national styles being taught" Homans quickly realized that she would never be able to master all the pure physicality of ballet and it has rules - ". conjugations and declensions "At the moment he liked the work of George Balanchine, believing that it is" present "in a way that was not necessarily classic but above all to her, had not fecha.Opciones Homans believed a choice had to be made between these styles: to jump cleanly as the Danes dancing at the ball of the foot or jump, as the Russians had meant that, from time to time at least, put the heel down. Why are national differences even exist? On this pretext, Homans explores the beginnings of dance, taking into account that no matter how "old" the repertoire, ballet is necessarily out by young people.


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