A review of "Draft Works" by Louise Levene in The Financial Times.
Kristen McNally, Ludovic Ondiviela and Valentino Zucchetti are already on their third or fourth Draft Works but there were a couple of promising apprentice pieces from absolute beginners. Marcelino Sambé’s Preparations for the Last TV Fake was a larky trio for Mayara Magri, Matthew Ball and the free-spinning Luca Acri. The action (apparently based on Sambé’s dreams) lost focus occasionally, and the three-way manhandling of Magri was a little like a fight with a deckchair at times, but it was a triumph given the minimal rehearsal available and supplied a welcome showcase for three young dancers. Events such as these are an excellent opportunity for the audience to put names to faces – Royal Ballet programmes have always scorned to include mugshots of the rank and file.