Monthly Archives: November 2009

Salad Days, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London, November 2009

[This] old 1950s musical by Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds is a feast of joie de vivre and absurdity.

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Review — The Tsarina’s Slippers, Royal Opera, November 2009

This sparkling production by Francesca Zambello has lovely set designs … includes serious ballet work, some electrifying Cossack dances and acrobatics …

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Our Man in Havana, Richmond Theatre, November 2009

They did brilliantly well, and how they managed the multiple costume changes, lord alone knows.

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Review — Royal Ballet Triple Bill: Agon, Sphinx, and Limen, 13th November 2009

In Cocteau’s 1934 play La machine infernale the Sphinx challenges her own destiny. Weary of immortality she desires love and freedom, and takes the guise of a young woman.

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Review — Cyrano, Birmingham Royal Ballet, at Sadler’s Wells, November 2009.

it’s rather remarkable to turn into dance a story about a man who is good with words, but I think Bintley has succeeded.

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Quantum Leaps, Birmingham Royal Ballet, BRB at Sadler’s Wells, November 2009 — Powder, E=mc2, and The Centre and its Opposite

E = mc2, was the main focus of the evening for me … a new work by artistic director David Bintley, in four movements

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Turandot, Metropolitan Opera live relay, November 2009

… this opera was brilliantly performed. And it shows the Met to be setting a template for opera performance that puts into a shadow some of the more confusing and hyper-intellectual nonsense that one occasionally meets.

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Bluebeard’s Castle, and Rite of Spring, ENO, London Coliseum, November 2009

Clive Bayley sang an autistic and threatening Bluebeard, with Michaela Martens as a powerful Judith.

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Triple Bill — Agon, Sphinx, and Limen, Royal Ballet, November 2009

The choreography [of Limen] fitted very well with the lovely music by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho

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