Review from The Telegraph.
When the 26-year-old Kenneth MacMillan produced his first commissioned work, in 1955, it was rapturously received. The piece was Danses Concertantes, and even though MacMillan would go on to choreograph more than 60 ballets, the originality of this first work still gleams today, as its staging in this celebratory triple bill proves. MORE
And from The Times.
IF YOU’RE not a Kenneth MacMillan fan, you won’t be happy with the remainder of this Royal Ballet season. It’s wall to wall MacMillan. More Manon, more Romeo and Juliet, a revival of Song of the Earth still to come, and right now a triple bill that showcases three different facets of the choreographer’s career. Only David Bintley’s new Covent Garden commission and Frederick Ashton’s superb Scènes de Ballet offer relief from the MacMillan onslaught. MORE
And The Guardian.
Any Covent Garden regular will know that Kenneth MacMillan's Danses Concertantes (made in 1955 and still frequently performed) is an exemplary young man's ballet. Created early in his career, the work can barely contain the torrent of ideas coursing through it, nor hide its relish in its own powers of invention. MORE
But the Royal's revival, with the original Nicholas Georgiadis designs, gives us an even sharper sense of the ballet's youthful brio and also of its period. Georgiadis's fluorescent colour matches (lime, orange, electric blue), his nervy scribbling lines of decoration, his fantastical mix of jazz and carnival references all speak of a generation breaking out of 1950s austerity.
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