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In the Financial Times, Clement Crisp reviews the Monday, October 8, 2012 season opening performance of "Swan Lake" with Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares in the lead roles.

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Judith Flanders reviews the debut of Natalia Osipova as Odette/Odile (with Carlos Acosta as Prince Siegfried) for the Arts Desk.

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Mark Monahan reviews both the Nunez/Soares performance and the Osipova/Acosta performance for the Telegraph.

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Judith Mackrell reviews the Osipova/Acosta performance for the Guardian.

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Louise Levene reviews "Swan Lake" for the Telegraph.

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Clement Crisp reviews Steven McRae and Roberta Marquez in the leading roles at the Wednesday, October 17, 2012 matinee performance of "Swan Lake" for the Financial Times.

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Rupert Christiansen reviews Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta in "Swan Lake" for the Daily Mail.

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Liam Scarlett appointed first ever Royal Ballet Artist in Residence

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, announced today that First Artist Liam Scarlett is appointed the first ever Artist in Residence of The Royal Ballet, a position that will allow him to focus solely on his choreographic work. Scarlett will take up the new role with immediate effect and will make his last appearances with the Company as a dancer in the current run of "Swan Lake".

Scarlett’s latest work "Viscera" receives its UK premiere at the Royal Opera House on Saturday November 3.

O’Hare said “This is a very exciting moment both for Liam and also for The Royal Ballet. We’ve seen Liam’s choreographic talents develop since his time at the Royal Ballet School and subsequently as a member of the Company with Monica Mason’s encouragement and I’m delighted that we’re now able to offer him this opportunity to concentrate full time on his choreographic work.”

In addition, two Choreographic Affiliates, Mayuri Boonham and Alexander Whitley, will be linked to the Company through to 2014. Along with Robert Binet, currently Choreographic Apprentice, they will make work for the Linbury Studio Theatre and contribute across the Royal Opera House working with education and other departments.

Finally, the company has also announced that an offer of generous financial support from an undisclosed source has made it possible to establish a Choreographic Bursary for the next three years which will facilitate young and emerging choreographers within the Company to develop their craft through exposure to a variety of experiences and projects.

Scarlett's "Viscera", Wayne McGregor's "Infra" and Christopher Wheeldon's "Fools Paradise" will be reviewed here on Ballet-Dance next week.


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Liam Scarlett is being named Artist-in-Residence at Royal Ballet. Ismene Brown reports for the Arts Desk.

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Sarah Crompton reviews Liam Scarlett's "Viscera," Wayne McGregor's "Infra" and Christopher Wheeldon's "Fool's Paradise" for the Telegraph.

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Clement Crisp reviews the Scarlett/Wheeldon/McGregor triple bill for the Financial Times.

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‘Viscera’, ‘Infra’, ‘Fool’s Paradise’
The Royal Ballet
Royal Opera House, London; November 7, 2012

David Mead

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It only takes a few seconds of “Viscera” to see why Liam Scarlett, appointed only last week as The Royal Ballet’s first Artist-in-Residence, is so much in demand. It is a ballet of contrasts; opening and closing sections packed with velocity and attack bookending a cooler second movement adagio.

“Viscera” has more than a few nods to George Balanchine. Indeed, for the first few seconds I thought I had stumbled into a New York City Ballet performance by mistake. That is probably no surprise. Although Scarlett says he always had The Royal Ballet in mind when making it, it was created on Miami City Ballet. Then there is the music, Lowell Libermann’s Piano Concerto No.1, which is full of Stravinskian connections and exciting angularity. It all reminded me particularly of “Symphony in Three Movements”.

“Viscera” is no copy, though. Scarlett is very much his own man. He matches the music brilliantly. Time and again his busy choreography picks out nuances in the score. A tinkling in the music is made visible by small, quick steps, while grander phrases are met with bold grand battements and arcing ronds de jambs; and I not sure that I’ve ever seen so many turns in a ballet as there are in the opening section. There are plenty of unusual shapes in the torsos too. Even within the fast sections there are contrasts, though. Scarlett is not afraid to insert moments of stillness for individuals, a clever move the only highlights even more the complexity of the high speed action.

The adagio gives everyone a chance to catch their breath. It is a complete change of mood; almost, in fact, like a different ballet. Everything is immediately colder. There is little sense of the emotional connection, even of personality, that one expects in a pas de deux. It is a bleakness that reflects the score well. The opening echoes the start of the ballet; Laura Morera is still while Federico Bonelli approaches. Once together they launch into a sleek duet full of daring lifts that often finish with the woman upside down, off-balance supports, and twisting around each other. There are moments that you think should be tender, such as when she places her head on his shoulders, first one side, then the other, but it’s not there. Even the end, when she backs away and leaves her partner, has little feeling of sadness.

If anything, the final movement is even more exciting than the first. There are occasional hints at meaning, especially when the whole cast walk upstage passing, and ignoring, a lone female facing the front and wrapped in her own arms.

There are Balanchine connections in the designs, also by Scarlett, too. “Viscera” is very much a ‘leotard ballet’. The ladies are in luxuriant deep claret and deep blue halter neck leotards, the men in claret leotards and shorts. It all takes place in front of a simple coloured scrim, although I could have done without it changing colour so many times.

“Viscera” is a ballet with much to see individually but that also makes for a most coherent whole. It is impressive physically and architecturally. It may be was Scarlett’s first international commission, but I will lay odds it will be far from the last.

Moving projections so often draw the eye from the dance. Not so with Wayne McGregor’s “Infra”, already establishing itself as something of a classic. So intense and spellbinding is McGregor’s choreography that you soon forget Julian Opie’s always on the move, electronic figures above.

“Infra” is incredibly atmospheric. It feels like one is watching the buzz of life hidden away beyond, or maybe beneath, the street. The dance itself is full of the twisting, writhing bodies and unusual, huge extensions so typical of McGregor’s work for his own company. There are so many highlights. The section that lingers most in the memory sees one woman standing alone as a stream of people pass by, never stopping, not even looking; an all too familiar reflection of city life in the modern age. Another section features all six couples, each in their own window of light. While each is divorced spatially from the others, McGregor cleverly makes momentary connection after momentary connection in the dance. Elsewhere, he leaves plenty of space for the audience to read things into the dance. In the second section, a duet to solo piano, it seems as if there is a relationship being played out. The woman hangs on to the man and needs him for support, but at other times seems to be twisting and turning every way possible as she tries to escape. It’s pulsating stuff.
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Completing the programme, Christopher Wheeldon’s “Fool’s Paradise” is a little too sweet for me. I could certainly do without the golden confetti that falls in a triangle of golden light at the beginning and again later. You can’t deny that it’s a crowd pleaser, though, and it’s easy to see why. Wheeldon is at his best when dealing with dancers in twos and threes and so it is the case here. He presents one gorgeous and lyrical duet or trio after another. The dance always flows. There are plenty of beautiful pictures too, and the big tableau that it ends on makes for a lasting final image.

All round this is a cracking triple bill, and proof that ballet in the 21st century, British ballet in the 21st century, is most definitely alive and well.

“Viscera”, “Infra” and “Fool’s Paradise” continue to November 14. See http://www.roh.org.uk for details.


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‘Viscera’, ‘Infra’, ‘Fool’s Paradise’
The Royal Ballet
Royal Opera House, London; November 7, 2012

David Mead


It only takes a few seconds of “Viscera” to see why Liam Scarlett, appointed only last week as The Royal Ballet’s first Artist-in-Residence, is so much in demand. It is a ballet of contrasts; opening and closing sections packed with velocity and attack bookending a cooler second movement adagio.

“Viscera” has more than a few nods to George Balanchine. Indeed, for the first few seconds I thought I had stumbled into a New York City Ballet performance by mistake. That is probably no surprise. Although Scarlett says he always had The Royal Ballet in mind when making it, it was created on Miami City Ballet. Then there is the music, Lowell Libermann’s Piano Concerto No.1, which is full of Stravinskian connections and exciting angularity. It all reminded me particularly of “Symphony in Three Movements”.

“Viscera” is no copy, though. Scarlett is very much his own man. He matches the music brilliantly. Time and again his busy choreography picks out nuances in the score. A tinkling in the music is made visible by small, quick steps, while grander phrases are met with bold grand battements and arcing ronds de jambs; and I not sure that I’ve ever seen so many turns in a ballet as there are in the opening section. There are plenty of unusual shapes in the torsos too. Even within the fast sections there are contrasts, though. Scarlett is not afraid to insert moments of stillness for individuals, a clever move the only highlights even more the complexity of the high speed action.

The adagio gives everyone a chance to catch their breath. It is a complete change of mood; almost, in fact, like a different ballet. Everything is immediately colder. There is little sense of the emotional connection, even of personality, that one expects in a pas de deux. It is a bleakness that reflects the score well. The opening echoes the start of the ballet; Laura Morera is still while Federico Bonelli approaches. Once together they launch into a sleek duet full of daring lifts that often finish with the woman upside down, off-balance supports, and twisting around each other. There are moments that you think should be tender, such as when she places her head on his shoulders, first one side, then the other, but it’s not there. Even the end, when she backs away and leaves her partner, has little feeling of sadness.

If anything, the final movement is even more exciting than the first. There are occasional hints at meaning, especially when the whole cast walk upstage passing, and ignoring, a lone female facing the front and wrapped in her own arms.

There are Balanchine connections in the designs, also by Scarlett, too. “Viscera” is very much a ‘leotard ballet’. The ladies are in luxuriant deep claret and deep blue halter neck leotards, the men in claret leotards and shorts. It all takes place in front of a simple coloured scrim, although I could have done without it changing colour so many times.

“Viscera” is a ballet with much to see individually but that also makes for a most coherent whole. It is impressive physically and architecturally. It may be was Scarlett’s first international commission, but I will lay odds it will be far from the last.

Moving projections so often draw the eye from the dance. Not so with Wayne McGregor’s “Infra”, already establishing itself as something of a classic. So intense and spellbinding is McGregor’s choreography that you soon forget Julian Opie’s always on the move, electronic figures above.

“Infra” is incredibly atmospheric. It feels like one is watching the buzz of life hidden away beyond, or maybe beneath, the street. The dance itself is full of the twisting, writhing bodies and unusual, huge extensions so typical of McGregor’s work for his own company. There are so many highlights. The section that lingers most in the memory sees one woman standing alone as a stream of people pass by, never stopping, not even looking; an all too familiar reflection of city life in the modern age. Another section features all six couples, each in their own window of light. While each is divorced spatially from the others, McGregor cleverly makes momentary connection after momentary connection in the dance. Elsewhere, he leaves plenty of space for the audience to read things into the dance. In the second section, a duet to solo piano, it seems as if there is a relationship being played out. The woman hangs on to the man and needs him for support, but at other times seems to be twisting and turning every way possible as she tries to escape. It’s pulsating stuff.

Completing the programme, Christopher Wheeldon’s “Fool’s Paradise” is a little too sweet for me. I could certainly do without the golden confetti that falls in a triangle of golden light at the beginning and again later. You can’t deny that it’s a crowd pleaser, though, and it’s easy to see why. Wheeldon is at his best when dealing with dancers in twos and threes and so it is the case here. He presents one gorgeous and lyrical duet or trio after another. The dance always flows. There are plenty of beautiful pictures too, and the big tableau that it ends on makes for a lasting final image.

All round this is a cracking triple bill, and proof that ballet in the 21st century, British ballet in the 21st century, is most definitely alive and well.

“Viscera”, “Infra” and “Fool’s Paradise” continue to November 14. See http://www.roh.org.uk for details.



Interesting that the tickets had to be reduced to rock bottom prices to sell it though.


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Sarah Frater interviews Liam Scarlett for the Wall Street Journal.

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David, I haven't read all your review of Liam Scarlett's "Viscera", but will do so as soon as possible. It looks like you enjoyed it very much. Great to hear.

Both Critical Dance's balletomaniac/Jerry and myself saw "Viscera" when it premiered at the Miami City Ballet in West Palm Beach last January. We both were very impressed.

Here's Jerry's review and a few of my comments.

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Almost every press and internet review of the London performances that I've read has been very favorable.


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Luke Jennings reviews the Scarlett/McGregor/Wheeldon triple bill for the Observer.

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Jenny Gilbert reviews the Scarlett/McGregor/Wheeldon triple bill for the Independent.

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Louise Levene reviews the Scarlett/McGregor/Wheeldon triple bill for the Telegraph.

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