Leap in the dark Ex-Covent Garden pair relaunch in Harrogate
from The Guardian, but via the FT. It doesn't seem to be on The Guardian site. The ways of the Internetar are sometimes strange.
When Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt step - and leap, pirouette and vault - on to the stage at Harrogate, North Yorkshire, on Sunday night, it will be their first British appearance since they walked out of the Royal Ballet in January 1999 sending shock waves round the ballet world, writes Maev Kennedy. more...
'They know some of the critics will be coming with knives out for them,' one company source said. 'They're nervous.'
Millions of viewers have followed every twist of their careers, in the Channel 4 documentaries Ballet Boyz I and II which they made and filmed themselves.
This is a brave move with adventurous programming. Samll contemporary ballet companies with dancers of the highest quality simply don't exist in this country. In order to succeed they will have to convince their ballet fan audience base of the merits of contemporary dance choreographers such as Russell Maliphant. It sounds as though it will be really high quality work. But I suspect that a number of UK trad. ballet fans will not enjoy it.
Yet another instance where I will be delighted to be proved wrong.
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