Sunday, 8 June 2014

Dream Triple Bill

The Dream/ Connectome / The Concert, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House - reviewed on 5th June
Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in Connectome
Photo: Bill Cooper / ROH
  
Whilst the inspiration (maps showing brain connections) for Alistair Marriott's Connectome isn’t clear, its choreography is exciting. Performed excellently by Steven McRae, Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson, the moment when McRae’s body appears to be swallowed by four other dancers stands out in particular.
 
The Dream is also expertly danced by McRae alongside Roberta Marquez, with both displaying impressive acting skills and a good understanding of Frederick Ashton's movement style. Jerome Robbins’ The Concert – a parody of both performers and theatre-goers – completes the bill. Its ballet waltz is laugh-out-loud funny as is Sarah Lamb’s character.

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