Thursday, 29 May 2014

Serenade Triple Bill

Serenade/ Sweet Violets/ Danse à Grand Vitesse, Royal Ballet, ROH - reviewed on 26th May

Marianela Nunez in Serenade
Photo: Tristram Kenton / ROH
Sweet Violets, Liam Scarlett's exploration of prostitutes, murder and conspiracy, doesn't sit well in the Royal Ballet's latest triple bill. There are some beautiful and dramatic pas de deux, but the ballet is too long and its narrative is impossible to follow.
The other two works – George Balanchine's Serenade and Christopher Wheeldon's Danse à Grande Vitesse – delight with their exuberance. Accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, Marianela Nuñez, Lauren Cuthbertson and Melissa Hamilton excel in the lyricism of the former. Wheeldon’s dynamic contemporary movements and Michael Nyman’s uplifting score close the evening with style.

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