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Articles by Rachel Thomas

Ballet Essentials: The Four Temperaments / Untouchable / Song of the Earth

26 March 2015

Our quick guide to The Royal Ballet’s mixed programme featuring Hofesh Shechter's debut with the Company and masterpieces by George Balanchine and Kenneth MacMillan.

Female Character Artists: from loving mother to bloodthirsty baddy

5 February 2015

These expert dancer-actors are as important to the drama as the leading lady.

Swan Lake Dance Highlight: The Black Swan Pas de deux

4 February 2015

This brilliantly dramatic grand pas de deux, in which the heroic prince is tricked into forsaking his love, is one of ballet’s most iconic moments.

Ballet Essentials: Swan Lake

2 February 2015

Our quick guide to Tchaikovsky’s soaring ballet masterpiece.

Onegin dance highlight: The Mirror Motif

12 January 2015

One of the most striking choreographic devices John Cranko uses to tell Tatiana’s story.

Ballet Essentials: Onegin

19 December 2014

Our quick guide to John Cranko's soaring narrative ballet.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland dance highlight: The Caterpillar

4 December 2014

Christopher Wheeldon fuses ballet with breakdancing, Asian dance and contemporary choreography to create the enigmatic Caterpillar.

Ballet Essentials: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

27 November 2014

Our quick guide to Christopher Wheeldon's glorious family ballet, based on Lewis Carroll's classic tale.

Don Quixote dance highlight: The Act I finale

20 November 2014

A Spanish-flavoured spectacle featuring some of ballet's most astonishing virtuoso choreography.

Jean-Marc Puissant: How great design can play a crucial role in ballet

11 November 2014

The dancer-turned-designer is behind some of contemporary ballet's greatest works of recent years.

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