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 Post subject: ENB at the Linbury - 2003
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2003 4:39 am 
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Three reviews for the ENB workshop and MacMillan's "Sea of Troubles" at the Linbury:

English National Ballet
By Judith Mackrell for The Guardian

There could hardly have been a more natural subject for Kenneth MacMillan's imagination than Hamlet. Eloquently at odds with the world, with sex and with his own divided nature, the prince of Denmark was the obvious successor to the Rudolfs, Anastasias and Isadoras of MacMillan's world.
Yet Sea of Troubles (which was made in 1988 for the chamber ensemble Dance Advance) makes a dramatic departure from the detailed plotlines and emotional realism of MacMillan's most famous story ballets.

Not only is it a fiercely concentrated piece, reducing Shakespeare's tragedy to around 45 minutes, but its six dancers divide all the main roles between them, swapping from Hamlet to Polonius, Gertrude to Ophelia with barely a pause.

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English National Ballet
By Allen Robertson for The Times


THOSE folks who champion the Olympic spirit are fond of saying that it’s the doing rather than the winning which is the important thing. Given that attitude, this evening of six new works choreographed by members of English National Ballet (repeated tonight) was a success. None will be entering the permanent repertory, but each gave its dancers the chance to do something new and, as any performer will tell you, nothing means more than that.

In his own solo, If, Thomas Edur seems to be harking back to some lost moment of bliss. It begins with the nearly nude Edur sitting on a chair, hunched over and cradling something between his hands. As the swooning aria from Catalani’s La Wally begins, Edur opens his hands to reveal that he’s holding a pale diaphanous scarf.

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When MacMillan was all at sea
Zoë Anderson for The Daily Telegraph reviews Sea of Troubles performed by the English National Ballet at Linbury studio, Covent Garden

The 10th anniversary of Kenneth MacMillan's death has brought on the revival of little-seen ballets. The Royal Ballet's tribute to one of its defining choreographers was hastily beefed up when Monica Mason replaced Ross Stretton as director. English National Ballet have already revived MacMillan's Rite of Spring. In Covent Garden's Linbury Studio, ENB has now also performed the very rare Sea of Troubles.

This barefoot Hamlet is from 1988, a time when MacMillan was making expressionist ballets that were - and remain - unpopular. It was made for independent dancers, and this revival also started outside a major company.

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Sea of Troubles Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden
By Clement Crisp for The Financial Times


In 1988, Kenneth MacMillan made Sea of Troubles for Dance Advance, a small and experimental ballet troupe organised by Susan Crow and Jennifer Jackson, who had been dancers and choreographers with the Royal Ballet. Significantly, he was freed from the constraints of creation for an opera-house ensemble. He could experiment with form and with the themes of his maturity: the nature of narrative; the furthest expressive reaches of movement; the psychic convolutions of character in crisis. He turned to Hamlet- rich pickings! - and produced a work (set to scores by Webern and Martinu) in which he pushed dance more daringly, in more concentrated form, than ever before.

Restored after more than a decade in a revival by English National Ballet, and shown as part of two evenings of new work by the company's apprentice choreographers, Sea of Troubles is an engrossing, masterly work. Looking at it again I was even more astonished by its intensity, its all-revealing language.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2003 12:34 am 
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Review from The Sunday Times.

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Downstairs in the Linbury Studio Theatre, English National Ballet gave a special programme, including a revival of a little-known MacMillan work from 1988, Sea of Troubles, to music by Webern and Martinu. This is an expressionist treatment of Hamlet — not telling the story, but ex-ploring the confusion in Hamlet’s mind in a series of episodes that repeat, overlap, cross-refer. Adam Cooper leads the cast of six compellingly.

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From The Observer.

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English National Ballet is encouraging its members to have a go at making something new. Highlights from its 2002 choreographic workshop were shown in the Linbury Studio Theatre. Harmless hors d'oeuvres, they provided no revelations. The meat was Kenneth MacMillan's Sea of Troubles , made in 1988 for the chamber group Dance Advance.

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