The Four Temperaments/ Untouchable/ Song of the Earth, the Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House - reviewed on 27th March
Photo: Tristram Kenton / ROH
Sandwiched between George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth was Hofesh Shechter’s first creation for the Royal Ballet.
Filled with his trademark movements – including hunched upper backs, feet gliding across the floor, and chest beating – Untouchable looked exactly like the choreographer’s other works (such as his recent the barbarians in love). Company dancers adapted remarkably well to Shechter’s style, with no trace of their ballet training apparent. Disappointingly, however, Shechter's repetitive choreography didn't reflect or benefit from his collaboration with such talented classical dancers.
Regardless, the triple bill was well-performed and showed a company of very versatile artists on top form.