Russell Maliphant: Is that Sylvie Guillem twiddling her thumbs in the corner?
With only days to go, Russell Maliphant's first work for the Royal Ballet is still up in the air. But no one's very worried, finds Jenny Gilbert for The Independent on Sunday
It's Paddington Station along the top corridor of the Royal Ballet's rehearsal block. With little over a week to go before the opening night of three world premieres, studio time is metered by the minute. Press your nose to one glass door and there's the choreographer Wayne McGregor marshalling teeming forces in a vast bright gym. Guest-star Adam Cooper dashes past, checking his watch like the white rabbit, to rehearse William Tuckett's new duet for him and Zenaida Yanowsky. click for more
****************************** Stealing Beauty
At 38, Sylvie Guillem has given all she can to the classical canon. Now, the explosive diva tells Debra Craine, it's time to explore new horizons. From The Times:
Sylvie Guillem is tired and thirsty. Not so much physically — when we meet she has just come out of a massage and is clutching a bottle of water. No, Covent Garden’s star ballerina is tired in an artistic sense — of her core repertoire, of those fluttering, frantic ballet beauties who die for love — and she’s thirsty for creative adventures. You can hardly blame her. She is 38 and time is running out for that fabulous body of hers.
For 14 years, the headstrong French ballerina has danced just about everything she wanted at the Royal Ballet (Juliet and Giselle, Manon and Marguerite) and has brought a wondrous mix of technical brilliance, feminine glamour and dramatic passion to these roles. click for more