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#1 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:51 AM

Jenny Gilbert reviews the Royal Ballet for The Independent:

http://www.independe...on-7833982.html


Somebody had to do it, sometime. A two-and-a-half-hour score by Britain's greatest composer is not to be consigned to the scrap heap without a fair trial, and nor is the final big ballet of Britain's second-greatest choreographer.


Thus it has fallen to Dame Monica Mason, in her last months as artistic director of the Royal Ballet, to give The Prince of the Pagodas one last chance.


A related review by Luke Jennings for The Guardian:

http://www.guardian....-pagodas-review

Monica Mason, artistic director of the Royal Ballet, retires at the end of this season. As a dancer she was a muse of the choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, and has championed his works over the decade-long course of her directorship. Mason's parting gift to the company is a revival of MacMillan's 1989 evening-length ballet The Prince of the Pagodas. Set to a score by Benjamin Britten, the work is a fairytale about an ailing king, a good and an evil daughter and a prince transformed into a reptile.



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Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:56 AM

Birmingham Royal Ballet runs afoul of the Olympic copyright police:

http://www.sundaymer...66331-31151974/

BIRMINGHAM Royal Ballet has been slapped with a ban by Olympic Games bosses and ordered to change the name of the internationally renowned company’s latest production.

Artistic Director David Bintley’s new work was titled ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’ – the Olympic motto – until IOC bosses stepped in and demanded that he re-name the ballet




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