"The dancers are beautiful and well trained, but the numerous solos mean that it often feels more like a scholarship competition than it does a performance of unison ... the ensemble undoubtedly has posture, but they spend more time decorating the stage, than they do dancing on it." Sounds like The Sleeping Beaaty was just like most traditional narative ballets then... I much prefer contemporary styles but I thought the BRB's Beauty was everything you could wish for - lavish, sumptuous, extravagantly staged and costumed and performed with enormous grace and charm and technique, while still managing to be fresh and lively - despite being as essentially formulaic as this type of traditional ballet inevitably is. Great performances from Iain Mackay, Nao Sakuma, Marion Tait and Joseph Caley. Magically wonderful. - Peter Rivendell
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