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Articles by Rachel Thomas

Ballet Essentials: Kenneth MacMillan's Manon

30 March 2018

A quick guide to MacMillan’s passionate ballet with a captivating heroine at its heart.

Ballet Essentials: Woolf Works

12 November 2016

Our quick guide to Wayne McGregor's first full-length ballet for The Royal Ballet, inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf.

Woolf Works Dance Highlight: Pas de deux of reminiscence in ‘I Now, I Then’

10 November 2016

Wayne McGregor embraces classical lyricism in the first movement of his ballet triptych inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf.

Ballet Essentials: The Sleeping Beauty

19 October 2016

A guide to The Royal Ballet's quintessential fairytale ballet.

The Winter’s Tale Dance Highlight: The trial scene

24 March 2016

Without words, Christopher Wheeldon's choreography powerfully illuminates Shakespeare's text and the innermost thoughts of his characters.

After the Rain Dance Highlight: The pas de deux

25 January 2016

The hypnotic second movement from Christopher Wheeldon’s masterful abstract ballet has a special power and resonance.

The Nutcracker Dance Highlight: The Waltz of the Snowflakes

3 December 2015

Peter Wright’s magical choreography brings to life a swirl of beautiful snowflakes.

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.

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