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Your Reaction: What did you think of The Royal Ballet's Within the Golden Hour / Medusa / Flight Pattern?

Audience and press reviews of The Royal Ballet's new triple bill, featuring a world premiere by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and revivals of works by Wheeldon and Pite.

By Becky Black (Social Media Editor)

9 May 2019 at 10.45am | 14 Comments

Press reviews:

The Guardian ★★★★
FT ★★★★
The Stage ★★★★
The Independent ★★★
Evening Standard ★★★
Bachtrack ★★★

More press reviews will be added in due course.

What did you think of Within the Golden Hour / Medusa / Flight Pattern?
Share your reviews via the comments below, or by using #ROHmedusamixed.

Within the Golden Hour / Medusa / Flight Pattern runs until 22 April 2019. Tickets are available here.

Within the Golden Hour / Medusa / Flight Pattern will also be relayed in cinemas around the world on 16 May. Learn more and find your nearest screen here.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing, The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund. Within the Golden Hour: Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon generously supported by Kenneth and Susan Green. Generous philanthropic support from Mr and Mrs Edward Atkin CBE. Medusa: Generous philanthropic support from The Taylor Family Foundation, Georgia Rosengarten and the New Choreography Syndicate.

By Becky Black (Social Media Editor)

9 May 2019 at 10.45am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Production, review, The Royal Ballet, Within the Golden Hour / Medusa / Flight Pattern, your reaction

This article has 14 comments

  1. Nick responded on 9 May 2019 at 2:06pm Reply

    I really enjoyed the evening. Great seeing Golden Hour again, and I liked the new costumes. Flight Pattern a moving and magnificent piece - great seeing that again. Medusa was wonderful in parts - I wanted to see it again immediately. The 40 minutes flew by. Some incredible moments in a piece that visually stunned and choreographically intrigued me.

  2. Liz responded on 9 May 2019 at 8:32pm Reply

    Absolutely brilliant night. I agree, new costumes gorgeous for Golden Hour, stunning dancing and music. Loved Medusa, harsh themes of course, but so well done. Flight Pattern really is such a tremendous vehicle for the dancers. Congratulations to all, I loved it so much I have booked to see again. Best RB triple I have seen in a while. ALL of the dancers deserved the loud cheers.

  3. Brian responded on 10 May 2019 at 8:47am Reply

    A terrific triple bill. I like Within the Golden Hour more each time I see it but I thought the costume design was ghastly and worse than before - the floaty skirts distract from the lines created by the body. Yuhui Choe was lovely as always. Medusa was uneven - I'm not sure the choreography fits neatly on the music at all times - but Osipova was stunning. Flight Pattern seems like a masterpiece and was very moving. The orchestra were engaged and on top form throughout. I can't wait to see it again.

  4. Alex responded on 10 May 2019 at 4:18pm Reply

    Mixed feelings after seeing last night's Triple Bill. "Medusa" was not for us and it didn't move us at all. "Flight Pattern" is a stunning and moving ballet offering many corps de ballet dancers an opportunity to be seen. Kristen McNally and Marcelino Sambe were amazing. We were happy to see "Within the Golden Hour" again. Such lovely music, energetic dancing from duo Teo Dubreuil and David Donnelly, but the highlight of the ballet was without any doubt the beautiful 3rd pas de deux, danced by the supremely lyrical Yasmine Naghdi (partnered by Tristan Dyer who we felt was no match for her). Naghdi's technical strength, her luminosity and fluidity of dancing, combined with fine balletic lines, was a visual icing on the cake. Francesca Hayward (ably partnered by Valentino Zucchetti) danced the more subdued and understated 2nd pas de deux, softly and with lovely facial expressions.

  5. Leslie cheesman responded on 16 May 2019 at 8:19pm Reply

    Watching on cinema in Liverpool beautiful original and exciting to watch - wish I were there ! 16th May 2019

  6. Mojo responded on 16 May 2019 at 9:23pm Reply

    Loved Christopher Wheeldon’s “within the golden hour” beautifully danced, can’t wait to see Wheeldon’s “Cinderella” next at the Royal Albert Hall for ENB. #ROHmedusamixed

  7. @mj responded on 16 May 2019 at 9:28pm Reply

    #ROHmedusamixed Watching on cinema from Greenwich. Loved Wheeldon’s piece, can’t wait to see live “Cinderella “ at the Royal Albert Hall in 3 weeks!

  8. Loretta Tonelli responded on 16 May 2019 at 9:31pm Reply

    Watching this breathtaking ballet from Rimini Italy
    Music, Costumes and of course dancers... are Amazing. It Is as of I were There
    A fantastic experience

  9. Diana Manock responded on 16 May 2019 at 11:34pm Reply

    LOVED Within the Golden Hour, however, Medusa and Flight Pattern were altogether too dark in the storyline, the contemporary dancing was not really ballet.

  10. Rebecca responded on 17 May 2019 at 12:26am Reply

    I was so happy to see tWithin the Golden Hour at ROH again, but sorry, I didn't like the new costume. The previous one was incomparably nicer...

  11. Elise Chrees responded on 17 May 2019 at 8:06am Reply

    Watched the live screening in Littlehampton last night. All three pieces were excellent and the whole programme was a very moving experience in so many different way.
    Only one disappointment was the difficulty in seeing the dancers in Flight Pattern clearly on screen, nevertheless the piece was superb and thought provoking. Thank you.

  12. Patricia Berry responded on 17 May 2019 at 8:54am Reply

    Having seen Fight Pattern two years ago at the Opera House I felt it was somewhat diminished on the screen. The close camera shots muddled the opening section and lost the sense of a group of people being moved around, regrouping, moving and regrouping over and over. Crystal Pite's patterns were no longer clear. I always admire Ross MacGibbon's work but wondered if on this occasion a more static camera in the early part would have served the piece better. Despite that it was wonderfully performed and very moving.

  13. Sharleen Kelly responded on 17 May 2019 at 9:08am Reply

    Always a joy to see Christopher Wheeldon’s choreography and “Within the Golden Hour” didn’t disappoint. Wonderful timing, in both the dancers and the orchestra. The elegance, fluidity and strength of the dancers was a delight to watch. “Medusa” was a complete disappoint. Trying to do too much in the time. Choreography seemed unpolished and scrappy.
    But “Flight Pattern” what a contrast! The most beautiful, moving thing I’ve seen all year, if not in years. Everything about it was just perfect. The dancers all seemed to be truly feeling every move. Words fail me of how much I loved this ballet by Crystal Pite. This is a ballet that will stay with me for a long time.

  14. Sharon Keogh responded on 17 May 2019 at 10:01am Reply

    Last night I enjoyed my second viewing of this mixed bill but with the added bonus of close up shots. For me the standout couple in Within the Golden Hours were Sarah Lamb and Alexander Campbell. They were just gorgeous and danced So well together. Campbell' s technique was excellent and the camera closeups revealed his interpretive artistry in relation to the music and with his partner. Yet again I wondered why this wonderful dancer has not been cast as Romeo when he knows the role and especially when in BRB was so great in it!

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