A review of the Royal Ballet in "Hansel and Gretel" by Hanna Weibye for The Arts Desk.
But these are minor reservations. I actually can’t help but recommend this wrenching piece of theatre enthusiastically to anyone with the guts for it. Scarlett has an undeniable gift for choreography in an elegant, flexible modern ballet idiom, and for inspiring tremendous peformances from his dancers. All six are physically superb in their roles, and all six hold nothing back; sweat flies, chairs are hurled, bottles smash over heads, and Donald Thom actually crawls over broken glass. All mere inches from the front row of the audience – seriously, the only way to get any closer to a Royal Ballet principal dancer is to be one yourself. If I hadn’t learned my lesson about wishing, I’d wish to see more new work, and lots of it, from everyone involved in this production.