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A review of the English National Ballet by Mark Pullinger for Bachtrack.

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Towering above the cast was the diminutive Romanian, Alina Cojocaru. From Princess Aurora’s first entry, she charmed the Coliseum audience, dancing with warmth and quiet authority, not an ebullient 16-year old, but a wide-eyed teenager, entirely natural and believable. There was admirable eye contact with each of her prospective suitors and she danced the Rose Adage with tremendous finesse, bashful in her solo variation. She shimmered in the Vision scene, while she glowed confidently in the Wedding pas de deux, demonstrating Aurora’s journey into womanhood........

 

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Two reviews of American Ballet Theatre's 'Harlequinade' by Mary Cargill for danceviewtimes.

Look Back in Joy

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The women's choreography was full of little steps with loads of hops on point, going backwards and forwards and in circles, while their upper bodies were melting and lyrical.  Boylston, who has had somewhat wayward arms in the past, was chic, musical, and witty, and looked devastatingly elegant in her first act hat.  Whiteside, too, has rarely looked more engaging as the brash rogue with non-stop beaten steps that he tossed off with a confident bravura combined with a sense of character.

Hop to It

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The energetic and musical character dances set off and helped highlight the classical dancing, and the ballabile in Act I (rousingly led by Luis Ribagorda and Courtney Shealy) with its flowing waves of dancers merging into circles may have had nothing to add to the story, but the whirl of colors was irresistibly exciting.

 

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