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Articles by Paul Kilbey

The Importance of Being Earnest Musical Highlight: ‘And this is what you call Bunburying?!’

21 March 2016

Gerald Barry warps Oscar Wilde’s celebrated absurdist comedy into something even stranger in his brilliant operatic adaptation.

Giselle Dance Highlight: The Act II pas de deux

12 February 2016

In this pas de deux of astonishing intensity, Giselle begs for the man who caused her death to be forgiven.

Ballet Essentials: After the Rain / Strapless / Within the Golden Hour

10 February 2016

Our quick introduction to The Royal Ballet’s mixed programme celebrating choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.

Ballet Essentials: Rhapsody/The Two Pigeons

7 January 2016

Our quick introduction to this mixed programme in celebration of Frederick Ashton, bringing together virtuoso display with charming romance.

The Poetry of Ashton: Variety and originality in the work of The Royal Ballet’s Founder Choreographer

30 November 2015

The ballets of Frederick Ashton share an astounding breadth of imagination.

Ballet Essentials: Monotones I and II / The Two Pigeons

13 November 2015

Our quick introduction to this mixed programme of works by Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet.

Exploring Inner Worlds: The operas of Georg Friedrich Haas

6 November 2015

In his operas, the Austrian composer sensitively explores how people cope in the severest of situations.

Ballet Essentials: Viscera / Afternoon of a Faun / Tchaikovsky Pas de deux / Carmen

20 October 2015

Our quick introduction to The Royal Ballet’s mixed programme of 20th-century American classics and vibrant new works, including the world premiere of Carlos Acosta’s Carmen.

Ballet Essentials: Connectome and Raven Girl

21 September 2015

Our quick introduction to this double programme of ballets by Wayne McGregor and Alastair Marriott – one inspired by science, the other by literature.

Childlike and wise, fantastical and truthful: Introducing the music of Richard Ayres

10 July 2015

The composer of Peter Pan has made a name for himself melding madcap whimsy with solitary melancholy – an ideal context for J.M. Barrie’s tale of the boy who refuses to grow up.

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