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Articles by Rachel Thomas

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.

Ballet Essentials: Ceremony of Innocence / The Age of Anxiety / Aeternum

29 October 2014

Our quick guide to the world premiere from Liam Scarlett and two recent highly-acclaimed works from Kim Brandstrup and Christopher Wheeldon.

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