Wednesday, 20 May 2009

I went to see the Birmingham Royal Ballet this evening at the York Theatre Royal...

It was three short ballets but I slept through most of Galanteries and The Dance House. However, Elite Syncopations was fantastic. Wonderful music by Scott Joplin and others and brilliant choreography by Kenneth MacMillan. A completely stripped back theatre burst into life as dancers in brilliantly coloured costumes gathered for a dance competition. An amazing rag-time band accompanied a string of sketches, spanning the dazzling, the witty and the touching, as each dancer at the competition took their turn. Elite Syncopations was beautiful, breathtaking and joyful.

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