Ballo della Regina/ La Sylphide, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House – reviewed on 26th May
|The Royal Ballet in Ballo della Regina|
Photo: Bill Cooper, courtesy of ROH
The double bill is completed by Romantic ballet La Sylphide. Despite its age, the theme of whether to conform or seek something more magical remains universal. Steven McRae is an ideal James, who must decide between a conventional wife and the beguiling charms of sylph Roberta Marquez. His dramatic passion and bewilderment are as powerful as his scissor-like feet that cut through the knotty choreography. Marquez is a tempting sylph; unearthly in movement but playful in spirit.
The programme is a feast of vivacity, desire and superb technique.