Thursday, 23 October 2014

ROH Ashton Bill

Helen Crawford in Five Brahms Waltzes
 in the manner of Isadora Duncan
Photo: Tristram Kenton / ROH
Scènes de Ballet/ Five Brahms Waltzes in the manner of Isadora Duncan/ Symphonic Variations / A Month in the Country, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House - reviewed on 22nd October
The Royal Ballet’s Frederick Ashton quadruple bill is mixed in quality. The rapid footwork and geometric shapes of Scènes de Ballet and Symphonic Variations feel under rehearsed, but the evening’s other two works delight.
In Five Brahms Waltzes in the manner of Isadora Duncan, Romany Pajdak gives a confident and engaging performance as the title dancer. But it is the beautiful choreography, evocative Chopin music and well-considered interpretations of A Month in the Country that please most. Natalia Osipova excels as the unfulfilled housewife, dancing an exquisite duet with lover Federico Bonelli. Francesca Hayward also impresses as Osipova’s daughter. It’s heart-breaking that the characters don’t get a happy ending.

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