By Gavin Roebuck from The Stage
Fittingly the Royal Ballet's season ends with founder Ninette de Valois' production of this popular narrative ballet.
First soloist Jane Burn brought classroom precision and neat footwork to the principal role of Swanilda. As the ballet progressed she began to bring more personality to the role and is beginning to blossom as an artist. As Franz she was not well served with Johan Kobborg as a partner, the final pas de deux having off-balance pirouettes, a fudged lift and forcing her to go off-pointe in one section. Kobborg, however, was exciting in his solo with good beaten jumps, high elevation and a sparking personality. click for more