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Articles by Paul Kilbey

5 of our favourite ballet pas de deux

14 October 2016

Dramatic and romantic moments in ballets including Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet are classical dance’s beating heart.

Dance highlight: the Clog Dance from La Fille mal gardée

20 September 2016

Much more than a charming set-piece with some snazzy shoes, Ashton’s delightful Lancastrian clog dance draws on traditions that are both English and international.

How does the Bolshoi's diverse ballet repertory inspire its identity?

28 July 2016

The repertory of a company plays a crucial role in determining its identity – especially on international tours.

Il trovatore musical highlight: ‘Tace la notte’

20 June 2016

Verdi was more than simply the composer of big tunes — he was also an expert at creating nuanced characters and psychological drama.

Kenneth MacMillan: The angry young man of ballet

27 May 2016

The British choreographer transformed classical dance by looking to the influences of the theatre.

Ballet Essentials: Obsidian Tear / The Invitation / Within the Golden Hour

24 May 2016

Our quick introduction to this mixed programme of works by great British choreographers — Kenneth MacMillan, Christopher Wheeldon and Wayne McGregor.

Watch: A whistle-stop journey through Liam Scarlett's one-act ballets

12 May 2016

Psychological, dramatic and dark — Scarlett's one-act ballets have made him one of the world's most sought-after young choreographers.

Ballet Essentials: Frankenstein

14 April 2016

Our quick introduction to Liam Scarlett’s new full-length ballet, inspired by Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece.

Designing The Winter’s Tale: telling Shakespeare’s tale through more than words

31 March 2016

Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation is a true collaborative effort, with spectacular designs from all the creative team coming together to tell the story.

Wilde at heart: the surreal brilliance of Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest

30 March 2016

Irish composer Gerald Barry defies common sense at every turn in his operatic adaptation of Wilde’s classic play, to surprisingly ingenious effect.

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