The first programme of Beyond Ballets Russes, a tribute to the incalculable influence of Diaghilev, received mixed reviews. This second programme is not perfect, and at times depends for its success upon some knowledge of the Ballets Russes legend: particularly during Wayne Eagling’s recreation of Nijinsky’s 1913 ballet Jeux. Nevertheless the evening is frequently excellent, and always interesting.
The last of Diaghilev's choreographers was George Balanchine, whose 1928 Apollo has become an enduring classic. For ENB's staging, Zdenek Konvalina brings a dynamic clipped clarity to the title role, but it's only Daria Klimentova (Terpsichore), who takes Stravinsky's transcendent music deep into her body, and really plays with the choreography's wit.