The Royal Ballet run of Giselles is almost over (only 4 performances left) and as the last Spring/Period 3 production opens this week we now move onto Summer/Period 4 which closes the 2008 – 2009 season.
In other words, you must hurry if you still want to catch the Royal Ballet in action before they leave to tour the USA and Cuba. And here are some of the productions we are counting down to:
An opportunity to catch the Royal Ballet dancers performing new choreography in the Linbury Studio’s intimate stage. Johan Kobborg is making a piece for Alina Cojocaru, Steven McRae and Sergei Polunin – need we say more? Hurry while stocks last!
Balanchine & Bling!! We LOVE the star-studded first cast with Edward Watson & Tamara Rojo in Emeralds, Carlos Acosta, Alexandra Ansanelli & Zenaida Yanowsky in Rubies, Alina Cojocaru & Rupert Pennefather in Diamonds, but the prospect of seeing Yuhui Choe & Ricardo Cervera (Rubies) as well as Marianela Nunez & Thiago Soares (Diamonds) in the second cast is tempting. We say, book for both!
We found the programme details thanks to Elise on The Royal Ballet and guess what? Steven McRae (with Roberta Marquez) will be tackling a role originally created for Mikhail Baryshnikov in Ashton’s fiendish Rhapsody, wow! Acosta will be reprising the Spartacus pas de deux with Bolshoi’s Nina Kaptsova, so expect loads of bravura dancing.
Our favorite troupe may be away during August/September but we will stay put at Covent Garden: the Mariinsky/Kirov are coming to town and we love them, even though they are bringing a “credit crunch safe” repertoire with Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, etc. at crazy prices (£30 for restricted view amphiteatre, ouch!). We shall be picking our casts carefully: we like Evgenia Obraztsova and Vladimir Shklyarov and dancers who display beautiful classical line in general. We don’t like extreme extensions being flashed at us every five seconds, which means we will probably skip Alina Somova.