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Articles by Paul Kilbey

Ballet Essentials: The Human Seasons / After the Rain / Flight Pattern

2 March 2017

Our quick introduction to The Royal Ballet’s mixed programme of compelling contemporary ballet.

Jewels dance highlight: The ‘Diamonds’ pas de deux

17 February 2017

Unicorns, medieval tapestries and glittering diamonds – Balanchine’s magnificent pas de deux draws on some surprising influences.

The Sleeping Beauty dance highlight: the Bluebird pas de deux

7 February 2017

Who are the left-field fairytale characters who dance in the ballet's final act, and what makes their moment in the spotlight so spellbinding?

Minimalism to the max: Why choreographers love minimalist music

7 February 2017

The disparate music grouped together as ‘minimalism’ has inspired numerous dance works, and is more diverse than might initially be imagined.

Awakening The Sleeping Beauty: Re-opening the Royal Opera House after World War II

28 December 2016

This wonderful classical ballet has a special place in The Royal Ballet’s history, marking a new beginning for the Company in more ways than one.

Cracking the code: The meaning of mime in ballet

16 December 2016

Classic ballets feature plenty of code, but what do these gestures mean, and why do they persist in the 21st century?

Listen: Steve Reich on the universal power of music

9 November 2016

The great American composer speaks about his score for Wayne McGregor’s ballet Multiverse.

Ballet Essentials: Wayne McGregor’s Chroma / Multiverse / Carbon Life

7 November 2016

Our quick introduction to this mixed programme celebrating Wayne McGregor's ten years as Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet.

Wayne McGregor’s Chroma dance highlight: ‘The Hardest Button to Button’

25 October 2016

In 2006, the future Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet made history by ripping up the rulebook of classical dance with a piece set to music by The White Stripes.

Ballet Essentials: Kenneth MacMillan’s Anastasia

21 October 2016

Our quick introduction to this tale of memory, identity and loss in the Russian Revolution, from the master of dramatic ballet.

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