Saturday, 15 February 2014

ROH Fugue Triple

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in Tetractys
Photo: ROH / Johan Persson
Rhapsody/ Tetractys - The Art of Fugue/ Gloria, Royal Ballet, ROH - reviewed on 7th February
In the latest work by Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor, dancing takes a back seat to sets and costumes by Tauba Auerbach. Tetractys – The Art of Fugue explores the notion of fugues (complex musical constructions), but the resulting choreography is neither engaging nor original. The work is a sad waste of company talents including Natalia Osipova, Marianela Nuñez and Edward Watson, but its bold and colourful designs are deserving of praise.

Kenneth MacMillan's World War One-themed Gloria is well-performed, but Frederick Ashton's joyous and virtuosic Rhapsody delights most, with Steven McRae excelling as the firework-leaping lead.

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