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Royal Ballet 2013/14 Review: What were your Season highlights?

The Season saw more than forty dance works performed across the Royal Opera House's main stage and Linbury Studio Theatre

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

22 July 2014 at 12.06pm | 25 Comments

With the curtain now down on The Royal Ballet's 2013/14 Season, we want to know what your highlights were.

The Season saw more than forty dance works performed across the Royal Opera House's main stage and Linbury Studio Theatre - see them at a glance on our 2013/14 infographic. Chief Executive Alex Beard has picked out his favourite moments, but do you agree with him?

We're also looking for your 2013/14 Royal Opera Highlights.

Here are a selection of Season highlights from our Twitter following:

What were your Royal Ballet highlights of 2013/14?

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

22 July 2014 at 12.06pm

This article has been categorised Ballet, Dance and tagged 2013/14, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Christopher Wheeldon, competition, Production, review, season, Social Media, win

This article has 25 comments

  1. Dana responded on 22 July 2014 at 12:34pm Reply

    My highlight would have to be seeing the Nutcracker for the first time in December '13, not only because it was absolutely magical or because I got an £8 place in the stalls to see it, but also because it turned out to be the show's last run before it goes through a revamp for 2017. Can't wait to see the new version.

    I'm seeing Alice this year instead - already booked tickets!

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 22 July 2014 at 9:13pm

      Hi Dana

      The Nutcracker isn't in fact receiving a revamp - to the best of my knowledge - so you will have other chances to see it again.

      Best wishes


  2. Anne crowne responded on 22 July 2014 at 3:18pm Reply

    Giselle... Awesome.. One highlight thou and recommend a different element to the ROH is the back stage tour and lunch in the threatre. Fabulous. !

  3. J Gingell responded on 22 July 2014 at 3:55pm Reply

    Nunez' Giselle. The best.

  4. Stuart Dixon responded on 22 July 2014 at 7:09pm Reply

    So many, but, Osipova in Giselle on the big screen, Winter's Tale with Lauren, Nela's Don Q but the best, for me, is the young men and women from the RBS in their Linbury and Annual Performances.

  5. noel patrick responded on 22 July 2014 at 8:01pm Reply

    The highlight of the season for me was without doubt The Nutcracker. Despite the seasonal nature and familiarity the performance by the whole cast was passionate and fresh.
    The finale Pas de Deux performed by Laura Morera and Federico Bonelli was simply breathtaking. Bravo indeed. Peter Wright must have wept for joy.

  6. Meunier responded on 22 July 2014 at 11:16pm Reply

    It was in many ways the best of the RB's times. Just SO much to cherish. There can be NO question, THE WINTER'S TALE is a hallmark that will I'm confident withstand time. Wheeldon has more than come into his and our own. That said if I had to chose just ONE memory I think it would have to be Osipova and McRae dancing in Balanchine's Rubies. They glimmered with insolence together apart. They made it seem easy. (No small feat.) They were in fact a life force to be reckoned with and the entire RB company raised their game in the brilliant joy of their gleam.

  7. Richard Evans responded on 22 July 2014 at 11:21pm Reply

    My first visit to the ROH was a retirement present. My wife and I saw, and chose our tickets to be for, Sarah Lamb's performance in Onegin. We still talk about how hugely enjoyable an evening it was and the extraordinarily convincing way she presented the different ages of her character. It was a real tour de force. Goodness knows why there is no DVD available of this ballet, or indeed why it hasn't been put onto the ROH list of live in HD broadcasts.

  8. Dana responded on 23 July 2014 at 12:13am Reply

    Hello Ellen, ROH box office staff are providing that info to phone enquirers, so perhaps they're the best people to talk to!

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 23 July 2014 at 11:19am

      Thanks Dana, I've spoken to Box Office Management team and they will nip that (inaccurate) information in the bud!



  9. Clare responded on 23 July 2014 at 6:51am Reply

    Joby Talbot's sublime score for A Winter's Tale. I went straight out to buy Alice on DVD and it has become a firm favourite in our house.

  10. Dana P. responded on 23 July 2014 at 10:49am Reply

    For me, the highlight of the Royal Ballet season was the "Winter's Tale" by Wheeldon. I kept feeling so lucky that he is a young, contemporary talent and that he will keep getting better and better. Can't wait for his next ballets!

  11. Alicia Rees responded on 23 July 2014 at 11:28am Reply

    Osipova's Giselle was by far my highlight of the season! The way in which Osipova portrayed Giselle's naivety and then following heartbreak was superb. Also Kobayashi as the Queen of the Wilis was outstanding. A beautiful ballet performed in a beautiful setting. Thank you very much!

  12. georgia responded on 23 July 2014 at 11:31am Reply

    The Winter's Tale, it was the best birthday present. It was incredible!

  13. Jessica responded on 23 July 2014 at 4:32pm Reply

    The Sleeping Beauty was the highlight for me. Not only was did it make me so much happier after a very miserable term at university, it was the most incredible performance where everything was completely stunning. Sarah Lamb is one of the most beautiful ballerinas I have ever seen and she performed every routine to perfection. I would definitely watch it over and over again, I was entranced.

  14. Caroline Cawston responded on 23 July 2014 at 5:02pm Reply

    Marianela Nunez in the Rose Adagio in Sleeping Beauty. Just breathtaking - my jaw dropped - in 40+ years as a Friend, I have never seen it done better. Ditto Zuchetti's Blue Bird. And the whole company is dancing magnificently. I haven't seen so much confidence, zest, brio and sheer love of dance since the seventies, and intend to make the most of it.

  15. Valerie Knight responded on 23 July 2014 at 10:07pm Reply

    I loved Lauren Cuthbertson in Giselle and Winters Tale, The Winters Tale, Zuchetti's Bluebird and Florestan and his sisters in the live cinema Sleeping Beauty, The Dream and also The Concert which I'd never seen before and would love to see again.

  16. Amy Millar responded on 23 July 2014 at 10:11pm Reply

    The highlight of the season for me was most definitely The Sleeping Beauty, which I was lucky enough to see at the live cinema screening. The costumes were beautiful and Sarah and Steven have such chemistry when performing together. I really hope to see this performance again!

  17. Zara Handley responded on 23 July 2014 at 10:25pm Reply

    There have been so many, but to name a few... Lauren Cuthbertson making a welcome return to the stage in Romeo and Juliet, David Dawson's The Human Seasons, Hikaru Kobayashi's Rose Adagio, Claudia Dean in The Rite of Spring, Melissa Hamilton in The Concert and last but by no means least, Christopher Wheeldon's DGV was so good I cried tears of joy most of the way home!

  18. PJG SHAW responded on 24 July 2014 at 11:07am Reply

    Natalia Osipova's Giselle had one wanting to get up and bounce round the stage with her in Act Two. WHAT a hard worker! What supreme artistry!

  19. francois responded on 24 July 2014 at 8:09pm Reply

    Osipova's Giselle and McRae in Rhapsody were the most exciting ballet performances I've seen this season. Will never forget them!!

  20. Joyce responded on 24 July 2014 at 9:08pm Reply

    So many delights to choose from but Natalia Ospiova's Giselle was simply breathtaking. That said wow to Sarah Lamb in everything. Loved, loved, loved Winter's Tale. Don Q just amazing and those Matadors were just awesome!!

  21. Fryni responded on 25 July 2014 at 10:25am Reply

    The Winter's Tale was one of the best new works I've seen at the ROH in recent years. McRae was absolutely stunning in Rhapsody, and the energy between him and Osipova in Rubies was amazing. Marriott's Connectome was also a highlight for me; an interesting production and brilliantly performed by Osipova et al. Last but not least, DGV; loved the music, the choreography, the performance, the sets...everything!

  22. Lynne responded on 27 July 2014 at 6:50pm Reply

    So many. Loved Winter's Tale - fantastic to have these new, full length ballets. Don Q was an absolute joy (I've waited so long for the Royal Ballet to do this - and it was well worth the wait!!). Osipova's Giselle was incredible, as was her performance in Connectome, together with the whole first cast. And I got a thrill beyond words when Vadim Muntagirov made his RB debut in Sleeping Beauty and looked so utterly at home on the Covent Garden stage. But if I had to choose just one performance, it would have to be the Rhapsody of Francesca Hayward and James Hay - so full of musicality and feeling, and promise - can't wait to see their careers progress further.

  23. kj responded on 30 July 2014 at 3:34pm Reply

    Osipova was other worldly in Giselle, her 'posessed antelope' jumps were extraordinary. Carlos' Don Q was wonderful so happy for him to get the chance to bring something unique to this piece, it was a real earthy party. I saw Carlos perform in both Don Q and Giselle this season and it is remarkable what he brings with his maturity, a truly great partner for a ballerina and will be irreplaceable. Osipova and Carlos' preformance in Giselle really was sublime. They are the whole package completely absorbed.

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