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Articles by Paul Kilbey

What happens when a man dances on pointe?

8 June 2017

Dancing on the very tips of your toes is traditionally something only female ballet dancers do – but sometimes men get to wear pointe shoes for a change, with unusual results…

Ballet Essentials: The Dream / Symphonic Variations / Marguerite and Armand

30 May 2017

Everything you need to know about this mixed programme of great works by The Royal Ballet’s Founder Choreographer, Frederick Ashton.

Six of the best: Ballets by William Forsythe

16 May 2017

The choreographer has brought a fiercely contemporary edge to an art form often defined by tradition.

Ballet Essentials: The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude / Tarantella / Strapless / Symphonic Dances

8 May 2017

Our quick guide to The Royal Ballet’s mixed programme.

The pieces that made Thomas Adès

21 April 2017

The British composer has been at the vanguard of new music throughout his career, as demonstrated by these must-hear works.

Mayerling dance highlight: the Bedroom pas de deux

19 April 2017

This intense duet reflects the shared obsession that will lead Prince Rudolf and Mary Vetsera to their joint suicide.

Ballet Essentials: Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling

13 April 2017

Our quick introduction to this shattering work from the master of dark narrative ballet.

What makes a good dance score?

11 April 2017

Graceful Tchaikovsky, vivacious Stravinsky, angular minimalist music - or something else? We explore what makes the best music for ballet and beyond.

Ballet Essentials: George Balanchine’s Jewels

23 March 2017

Our quick introduction to this gorgeous three-act abstract ballet, inspired not only by gem stones but by the music of Fauré, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky.

Watch: 6 innovative dance works by Crystal Pite

16 March 2017

Combining elements of classical ballet with a powerful sense of drama, Pite is one of today’s most talked-about choreographers.

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