Category Archives: Dance at the Edge

Thursday 20th September- The Australian Ballet: The Merry Widow

7pm £12/£10

Irresistibly frothy and lavishly theatrical, The Merry Widow has enough tangled affairs, narrow misses and jealous lovers to fuel a French farce. Based on the beloved operetta, this lively tale is set in the ballrooms and salons of Belle Époque Paris and is dressed magnificently in velvets, silks, spangles and feathers. Created especially for The Australian Ballet, The Merry Widow is a laugh-along favourite with hum-along melodies and its heart on its sleeve.

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Monday 15th October – ROH: Mayerling

7.15pm £12/£10

Mayerling is a classic of the Royal Ballet repertory, with its emotional depth, haunting imagery, and one of the most demanding roles ever created for a male dancer. Kenneth MacMillan choreographed a complex work around the psychologically tormented heir to the Habsburg Empire, Crown Prince Rudolf. From the ballet’s start, the glamour of the Austro-Hungarian court is contrasted with undercurrents of sexual and political intrigue that drive the story to its violent climax in a double suicide. The large cast allows for impressive ensembles in addition to the ballet’s many solos of distinctive character and pas de deux of disturbing eroticism. This ballet, bursting with intensity, madness and passion, proves that sometimes the truth is more scandalous than fiction.

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Tuesday 13th November – ROH: La Bayadere

7.15pm £12/£10

Marius Petipa’s fantasy, set in legendary India, tells the tale of a temple dancer and the prince who loves her but marries another. The famous, moonlit ‘white act’ – The Kingdom of the Shades – is a corps de ballet highlight, as multiple images of the prince’s lost love haunt his mind. The choreography allows two opposing ballerinas to shine, while a bronze idol comes vividly to life in a stunning solo. Throughout, the melody and moods of Minkus’s music perfectly match the fluidity and precision of the classical choreography and the drama of the storytelling.

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The Royal Ballet production of La BayadËre, choreographed by Natalia Makarova (b.1940) after Marius Petipa (1818-1910), to music by Ludwig Minkus (1826-1917) and orchestrated by John Lanchbery. Set designs by Pier Luigi Samaritani (1942-1994), Costume Designs by Yolanda Sonnabend and Lighting Designs by John B Read. Performed at the Royal Opera House,  Covent Garden on 5 April 2013  ***ARPDATA*** LA BAYADERE ;   Music by Ludwig Minkus ;  Choreography by Natalia Makarova ; Set Design by Pier Luigi Samaritani ; Costume Design by Yolanda Sonnabend ; Lighting Design by John B Read ; At the Royal Opera House, London, UK ; 5 APRIL 2013 ;  Credit: Tristram Kenton / Royal Opera House / ArenaPAL

Monday 3rd December – ROH Live: The Nutcracker

7.15pm £12/£10

The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet – and makes for a delicious seasonal treat for all the family. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, with period details and dancing snowflakes. The many solo roles and ensembles put the world-class skills of the Company to the fore in this Christmas classic.

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