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Mme. Hermine

Sunday, November 24

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Clement Crisp on Natalia Osipova's debut as Juliet with the Royal Ballet:

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/ba41e808-5367-11e3-b425-00144feabdc0.html

Not quite what one might have hoped. Natalya Osipova’s debut as Juliet with the Royal Ballet was eagerly anticipated: here is an artist prodigious in technique, vivid in dramatic sensibilities, who has illuminated every role that I have seen her dance. And yet on Thursday night she seemed isolated at moments from the staging.

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A review of the Stuttgart Ballet at Sadlers Wells:

http://www.theartsdesk.com/dance/taming-shrew-stuttgart-ballet-sadlers-wells

“Comedy in ballet can be notoriously difficult to get right.” So warns the programme note for The Taming of the Shrew, choreographer John Cranko’s 1969 adaptation of Shakespeare, with which Stuttgart Ballet chose to end their run at Sadler’s Wells this week. The note of caution is well sounded in this context; while it is possible for the ballet to be both funny and affecting, the balance is extremely hard to strike, and yesterday's performance at Sadler's Wells was teetering dangerously on the edge of farce.

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