Your Royal Ballet 2011/12 season highlights
We asked you to pick your favourite production of the past season.
Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet and Federico Bonelli as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012
We recently asked you to vote for your favourite Royal Ballet production of 2011/12 with the added bonus of being entered into a draw to win a pair of Swan Lake tickets. You entered in your hundreds and your comments made for some very interesting reading indeed.
Well done to Sophie Ibbs who won the tickets.
With the formalities over, onto what you picked out as your 2011/12 Royal Ballet season highlights:
Romeo and Juliet stood out in your responses as particularly acclaimed, both on stage and in cinemas and the partnership of Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta went down particularly well. Their performance affected Anne Hall who in her comment told us that she “could not speak for an hour after the performance because I was sobbing!”. The production was screened in cinemas with six ballet newcomers from A Younger Theatre joining us to livetweet from behind the scenes prior to curtain up. Read their reactions to Romeo and Juliet.
Returning a year after premiering, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland went down a treat with you. Fran Waterhouse told us that the appeal of Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet was its “Fun, colour, magical effects and hypnotic orchestration”. Beatriz Stix-Brunell made a memorable debut in the title role and has since been promoted to the rank of soloist. Lauren Cuthbertson and Sarah Lamb also both impressed. The ambitious staging caught attention too with audience members such as Francessca Howard left trying to unravel its visual tricks. The ballet returns in 2012/13.
Plenty of you enjoyed our festive offering of The Nutcracker. The Christmas staple was frequently mentioned in the same sentence as “magical” and made for an enjoyable first taster of ballet for some including Sophie Waters who said that she was particularly impressed by the set saying she “can’t wait to go to the ballet again”. Praise too from Elodie Calligé who said that The Royal Ballet’s production was “the most Christmassy” staging of the work. The much-loved ballet returns again from 10 December.
La Fille mal gardée with its famous chickens and clog dances made an impression on you. Frederick Ashton’s quintessentially English ballet put a smile on many faces with a “perfect mix of dance, athleticism, cheekiness and a cast that looked like they were having such fun performing it” according to commenter Emma. Many more of you echoed this sentiment. International audiences warmed to its charms too, with cinema relay attendees watching from as far away as Argentina. Read audience reactions to the cinema relay.
Other ballets of note included the recent Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 collaboration with the National Gallery – “unique and inspiring” according to Shah Abdul-Wahid; the Carbon Life/Polyphonia/Sweet Violets triple – “each so different but together they showed off all the company’s skills”, enthused commenter Benjamin; and Asphodel Meadows which caused Chantal Guevara to delight in its “rich detail”, lightheartedly threatening to campaign with placards in Covent Garden until it returns!
2011/12 was both Monica Mason and Principal Tamara Rojo’s final season with The Royal Ballet with the programme chosen to reflect Dame Monica’s career and personal favourite works. Conal Grealis praised the year’s range of productions as “stellar choices” that made choosing a single favourite production difficult. Tamara Rojo returns as a Guest Artist for Marguerite and Armand alongside Sergei Polunin next season giving audiences another chance to see an artist that many of you praised.