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#1 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 02:01 PM

Clement Crisp reviews Birmingham Royal Ballet's Coppelia:

http://www.ft.com/cm...l#axzz1pVZfsP9H


Ballet companies too often dismiss Coppélia as lightweight, inconsiderable stuff for matinees; ideal for trying out young dancers who may have promise of better things, and really not worth much effort. Not so! Coppélia has serious themes: about the nature of love; about the creation of artificial life; about marriage in a pastoral society; and about the dark arts. They are well stated for those who will look, and with an irresistible charm owed to one of the greatest scores made for ballet.



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Posted 18 March 2012 - 02:03 PM

Judith Flanders with a review of the Royal Ballet's Alice in Wonderland:

http://www.theartsde...-royal-ballet-0

There has been some extensive reworking, it is true, since the ballet was premiered last spring. Some of the changes are helpful: there is certainly more actual dance than in the original. (The piece is a co-production with the National Ballet of Canada, and it appears that additional choreography was inserted when the piece was first mounted there.) The evening is now in three, rather than two, acts: originally, the first act lasted a full 70 minutes, whereas now it is a more child-friendly 45.




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