The Sleeping Beauty and The Rite of SpringRoyal Opera House
Luke Jennings The Observer, Sunday 22 November 2009
In Act One of The Sleeping Beauty, shortly after her first entrance, the ballerina dancing Princess Aurora faces one of the hardest tests in the classical canon. Presented with four suitors, she dances with each in turn in a passage known as the Rose Adagio. As the sequence approaches its climax, each suitor takes her hand and slowly rotates her on the spot in attitude. Between these promenades, Aurora lifts her arms to balance on pointe. Sounds straightforward, but as former Royal Ballet principal Deborah Bull remembers, these long unsupported balances make the Rose Adagio "quite simply, the most terrifying dance in the ballet repertoire".
Every so often, however, a ballerina decides to risk making the sequence even harder – as Tamara Rojo did on Monday. Holding her arms above her head en couronne, she ignored her final suitor, and just balanced, statue-still. The moment stretched and stretched, and when the final chord sounded and Rojo's leg coolly unfurled from attitude into high arabesque, the audience went wild. It was an expression not just of supreme technical mastery, but of theatrical calculation. This Aurora, Rojo was telling us, breathes the heady air of independence.
Full article at The Guardian
The ROH is schedulled at el Liceu in Barcelona next July with their Sleeping Beauty
Tamara Rojo will be dancing two performances. Don't want to miss her!!! and neither Alina nor Marianella even if I get ruined!!!
and even if Tamara will stop dancng for while in a short as she will be learning on how to manage a company with the management of the National Ballet of Canada.