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A review of Boston Ballet's La Sylphide:

http://rockland.wickedlocal.com/entertainmentlife/20180527/dance-boston-ballets-la-sylphide-is-bewitching-romantic-classic

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The Boston Ballet’s “La Sylphide,” running at the Opera House, was last revived here in 2007. Although the work was originally created by French ballet master Filippo Taglioni for his daughter, Marie, and debuted at the Paris Opera House, Bournonville choregraphed his own version for the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, using a different score by Herman Lovenskold that has come down to us. Sorella Englund, herself a star of the Royal Danish Ballet in her performing days, has set the work for Boston.

 

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Deborah Jones reviews a program by Queensland Ballet for the Australian:

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/stage/carmen-the-firebird-an-afternoon-of-stunning-contrasts/news-story/af4e673b83412504a8871741aa2471db

 

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You win some and you lose some. Queensland Ballet is a co-­producer of Carlos Acosta’s ­Carmen with The Royal Ballet and Texas Ballet Theatre, which means QB’s name is attached to it forever. I doubt I’ve seen a worse ballet from reputable companies in more than 40 years.

 

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Michele Potter reviews Australian Ballet's production of The Merry Widow:

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/a-hugely-enjoyable-production-of-audience-favourite-the-merry-widow-20180528-p4zhv8.html

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There is a lot for audiences to enjoy in the Australian Ballet’s current production of The Merry Widow: well-known tunes that have some people humming along; lots of waltzing; costumes that evoke the period of the Belle Epoque in Paris; and sets that generate applause. As well, on opening night the production was enhanced by a performance that simply sped along with spectacular dancing from every member of the cast. The show had the audience laughing at the humorous moments (even if, or perhaps because, they slipped into pantomime mode at times), clapping when bravura steps were performed, and even shedding a small tear as the story of love conquering all was resolved in the final moments.

 

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Luke Jennings reviews Ballet Rambert for the Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/may/27/rambert-life-is-dream-kim-brandstrup-royal-ballet-swan-lake-liam-scarlett-review

 

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Life Is a Dream, which had its premiere on Wednesday, is the first full-length narrative work created for Rambert in almost 40 years, and well worth the wait. It was conceived and choreographed by Kim Brandstrup, and is based on a 17th-century play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca. This concerns a prince who has been imprisoned since childhood. Released for a day, he goes on a violent rampage and is reincarcerated, at which point he wonders if he has dreamed the whole episode.

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