The Bolshoi Ballet’s Flames of Paris – A Review

The Flames of Paris © Elena Fetisova

The Bolshoi Ballet’s London season has ended on a high note with Flames of Paris, Alexei Ratmansky’s reworking of Stalin’s favourite ballet. Knowing the original was a Soviet-era ballet about the French Revolution I thought I was in for a gloomy time as aristocrats fell before the righteous hordes of workers. Nothing of the kind. […]

The Royal Ballet’s Mayerling – A Review

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson in Mayerling © ROH/Johan Persson, 2005

Mayerling is probably the darkest classical ballet around – a sad tale of drugs, madness and suicide that is currently enjoying performances by the Royal Ballet in London.  It’s also one of Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpieces, showing his great talent for expressing emotion through dance, particularly through some quite astounding, and physically challenging, duets in which […]