4 May 2018 at 3.31pm | 8 Comments
Kenneth MacMillan's Manon is one of The Royal Ballet's great showcases, offering audiences a chance to see the scale of Britain's largest ballet company, thanks to the number of scenes featuring the corps the ballet – the large group of dancers who perform as a backdrop to the Principal dancers.
During the Company's recent live cinema relay, dancers Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Yuhui Choe revealed the painstaking detail required to perform one of these supporting roles, as they welcomed former Company Principal Darcey Bussell into rehearsal.
'They're such fun characters', said Darcey of Kenneth MacMillan's creations. 'That was exactly what he wanted'
'The steps speak for themselves', said Beatriz of the roles' layered nuances. 'If you show the clarity of the steps, with the little embellishments that MacMillan put in, then that always comes across'
'It's all about setting the scene. That's one of the things that MacMillan is so genius with: everything is right there for you. It all makes sense straight away'
Manon runs until 16 May 2018. Tickets are still available.
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The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Sarah and Lloyd Dorfman, John and Susan Burns, The Gerald Ronson Family Foundation, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson and the Friends of Covent Garden. Original Production (1974) made possible by The Linbury Trust.