Royal Ballet School ROH Matinée
By David Dougill for The Sunday Times
There was a good deal of fresh young talent on view at the Royal Ballet School’s annual matinée at Covent Garden last weekend, with a particularly strong showing from the boys. Davit Galstyan made a glamorously dashing sailor in the traditional Hornpipe, and Zachary Faruque and Ludovic Ondiviela (both heading for the Royal Ballet) were excitingly matched in a modern classical piece, Mendelssohn Concerto, by Mark Annear.
The leading girls in this work, Momoko Hirata and Jenna Roberts, gave beautifully refined performances: they go now to Birmingham Royal Ballet. It was rather too long a programme for easy digestion, but it employed great numbers of all ages to advantage, and the closing Grand Défilé of the eager massed forces, from tots to seniors, was, as always, the happiest of sights. click for more
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By Jann Parry in The Observer
Here in Britain, Royal Ballet School students are, on the whole, a more sheltered species.
Their big chance comes with the school's annual matinée at the Royal Opera House. Very few will dance on this particular stage again as company members: most will disperse elsewhere, so it's touching to see the grand défilé in which all 200 or so appear together in a choreographed finale. They look so proud and pleased to be there, as do their families in the audience. click for more