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Adam: Le Corsaire (Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse)

Adam: Le Corsaire (Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse)

Maria Gutierrez (The Slave-girl); Davit Galstyan (The Corsair); Takafumi Watanabe (The Sultan); Juliette Thélin (The Sultan’s Favourite Concubine); Demian Vargas (The Corsair’s Companion); Juliana Bastos, Julie Loria (Two Slaves); Henrik Victorin (The Wealthy Slave-trader); Cédric Pons, Joël Sitbon (Two Guards); Kader Belargi (Choreography); David Coleman (Musical Director);

"he Ballet du Capitole’s new production of Le Corsaire represents dance making at a very high level. There is an artistic collaboration at work here that has paid huge dividends, choreographically, musically and scenically. David Coleman has done an admirable job of re-orchestrating what, in the wrong hands, could have been something of a hotch-potch, given that themes from Adolphe Adam’s original score are intercut with additions by Massenet, Arenski and Sibelius. Belarbi has succeeded in capturing the essence of a nineteenth century ballet and in breathing new life into it ... The production is a marvelous distillation of expert collaborative ideas." (Auditorium)

Amelia

Amelia

Alexandre Castonguay (Cello); Simon Claude (Violin); Njo Kong Kie (Piano & Musical Direction); Nadine Medawar (Vocalist);

"Amelia is nothing but dance, brilliantly shot, relentlesslyin your face, astonishingly fast. The lesson of Amelia...is to dance this hard, this fast, this gloriously while youstill can." (Los Angeles Times)

An Evening with the Royal Ballet

An Evening with the Royal Ballet

"This compilation taster of the great classics offers knockout performances, leaving one hankering to see the complete work. Don't miss Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg in Giselle." (BBC Music Magazine ★★★★★)

Anastasia (Royal Ballet)

Anastasia (Royal Ballet)

Natalia Osipova (Anastasia/Anna Anderson); Marianela Nuñez (Mathilde Kschessinska); Federico Bonelli (Kshchessinska’s Partner); Edward Watson (The Husband); Thiago Soares (Rasputin); Christina Arestis (Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna); Christopher Saunders (Tsar Nicholas II);

"A commanding performance from Natalia Osipova - The present revival of Kenneth MacMillan’s Anastasia brings back to the stage an adventurous, fascinating creation, its final act made in 1967 during MacMillan’s time as director of the Deutsche Oper ballet. Its subject is the derelict woman, known as Anna Anderson, discovered 40 years earlier in Berlin and unwisely supposed to be Anastasia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, somehow escaped from the cellar where the imperial family had been murdered by Bolshevik soldiery. Fascinated by this event, MacMillan produced an expressionist drama of haunting imagery and resonating force in which Anna journeys through a labyrinth of memories and suffering in quest of an identity.... Natalia Osipova’s Anna was truth itself in her sympathy and understanding, commanding in emotion as in execution... I salute Osipova, the entire company performance, Crowley’s magnificent designs, and Simon Hewett’s notable account of the Tchaikovsky/Martinů scores." (The Financial Times ★★★★★)