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Your reaction: Rhapsody / Tetractys - The Art of Fugue / Gloria

What did you think of the Ashton / McGregor / MacMillan mixed programme?

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

8 February 2014 at 5.40pm | 8 Comments

Tetractys - The Art of Fugue



The mixed programme runs until 15 February 2014. A small number of tickets are still

Tetractys – The Art of Fugue is supported by Outset in partnership with The Luxury Collection, and staged with generous philanthropic support from David Hancock, Linda and Philip Harley and two anonymous donors.
Gloria is staged with generous philanthropic support from Richard and Delia Baker.

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

8 February 2014 at 5.40pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Frederick Ashton, by Kenneth Macmillan, by Wayne McGregor, comments, Gloria, Production, Rhapsody, tetractys, Tetractys - The Art of Fugue, The Royal Ballet, your reaction

This article has 8 comments

  1. George Kegler responded on 8 February 2014 at 9:51pm Reply

    Inspiring, ethereal and poignant. We and our teenage children enjoyed the evening of ballet, music and singing.

  2. Nigel Lacey responded on 9 February 2014 at 6:06am Reply

    Gloria was FANTASTIC, where can I buy one of those hats!

  3. Joel Benford responded on 9 February 2014 at 11:36am Reply

    Yuhui Choe exudes happiness in a 2 mile radius when she dances. Combines best features of a ballerina and a kitten.

  4. Nick Byrne responded on 10 February 2014 at 2:46pm Reply

    I really enjoyed the first night - so sorry to hear about the bump at the matinee - and I pity the people who missed it on Saturday evening. I'm returning on the 11th. I too was stunned by McRae in Rhapsody, a ballet I've always liked but never loved. Carlos was wonderful in Gloria - that ballet never fails. But I have to say I really, REALLY liked the McGregor. Dancing dangerously superb (as Natalia found out), set and lightings wonderful, and I like the orchestration too. What I am not liking is the trend to McGregor bash in the reviews. (Ironically reminiscent of the MacMillan bashing in previous decades.) Wayne's choreography IS sharp, clinical and on the edge. On the cutting edge of movement and hiding/revealing emotions so tightly, highly strung that I find it almost unbearable to watch sometimes. And there is also the humour - the knowingness between Lamb, McRae and Kay was great and very clever. And it's the little bits in between the big bits which get me too. There a some critics in particular that really need to get a grip on their prejudices - they should know better.

  5. Nick Byrne responded on 12 February 2014 at 8:34am Reply

    Really glad Olivia C got such a warm reception for assuming the Osipova role - I thought she was great. It was interesting seeing Fugue for the second time - I would like to see it revived next season - it certainly didn't deserve the FT review but I can understand why its episodic feel came over as disjointed to some. Sometimes I wish the Royal Ballet could perform certain dance works in radically different venues - yes it's a bit of a German cliché, but there's nothing like an abandoned factory to alter mindsets - I've seen it work well in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne. I chatted to quite a few people at the interval - and surprisingly (?) most did enjoy Fugue...and not just the young. More surprising were those who were not so keen on Gloria...now THAT'S what I find difficult to understand!

  6. Eugenie responded on 12 February 2014 at 9:48am Reply

    All different but yet beautiful. I enjoyed all 3 but, surprisingly, my favourite was McGregor.
    I wish i could come every week. :)
    Thank you.

  7. W J Owen responded on 16 February 2014 at 9:00am Reply

    Love the triple bills and yesterday's performance was no exception.

    Rhapsody - classy choreography , beautifully danced. Morera seems able to adapt to any style and it was great to see such a prominent role for the male lead, McCrae who was brilliant.

    Tetractys - mixed feelings. Felt like the dancers were making it up as they were going along. Such wonderful dancers were wasted. I also found it difficult to know which dancers to focus on. I like modern dance but this didn't quite work for me. I loved the fact that so many principal dancers were working as a team though. Costume not great .

    Gloria - this was utterly moving. Watson was made for the part. Hamilton is a beautiful dancer and got into the tragedy of the role completely . The music and singing were wonderful. You should dance more to singing.

  8. I absolutely loved Rhapsody and Gloria!!! Tetractys was less straightforward... I have reviewed it on my blog if you're interested: http://iheartballet.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/tetractys-art-of-fuge.html

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