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Articles by Rachel Thomas

Monotones II Dance Highlight: Complete harmony of choreography and score

10 November 2015

Ashton’s abstract masterpiece subtly reflects the unearthly world of Satie’s hypnotic Trois Gymnopédies.

Tchaikovsky Pas de deux Dance highlight: A thrilling, virtuoso dance for two

26 October 2015

The entire short work is a highlight in George Balanchine’s exuberant and demanding pas de deux, set to rediscovered music by Tchaikovsky.

Viscera Dance Highlight: The final movement

13 October 2015

The third movement of Liam Scarlett’s transatlantic ballet feeds off the excitement and velocity of the Liebermann piano concerto that inspired it.

Connectome Dance Highlight: The ‘Silouan’s Song’ pas de deux

25 September 2015

This neuroscience-inspired pas de deux from Alastair Marriott’s acclaimed ballet powerfully evokes a sense of loss on a journey through life.

Romeo and Juliet Dance Highlight: The Balcony pas de deux

3 September 2015

Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan captures the beauty and emotion of Shakespeare's text in one of ballet’s most iconic love duets.

Dance Essentials: Carlos Acosta’s Cubanía

20 July 2015

A quick introduction to the great Cuban dancer’s vibrant homage to his homeland.

Cubanía Dance Highlight: the Tocororo pas de deux

16 July 2015

Carlos Acosta thrillingly fuses ballet, contemporary and Cuban dance in this Latin-flavoured pas de deux.

Divertissements Ballet Essentials: A guide to short works performed by The Royal Ballet on their 2015 US Tour

15 June 2015

The Company’s selection includes classic works by Ashton and MacMillan, an award-winning recent work by Wheeldon and new piece from within the Company.

In the Night Dance Highlight: A stormy pas de deux

29 May 2015

In a striking departure from ballet tradition, choreographer Jerome Robbins depicts a couple in the midst of a blazing row.

Ballet Essentials: Afternoon of a Faun / In the Night / Song of the Earth

28 May 2015

Our quick guide to The Royal Ballet's mixed programme, featuring two acclaimed works by Jerome Robbins and Kenneth MacMillan's masterful study of loss.

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