ROH 2012/2013

Ballet and dance productions to be staged as part of the 2012/13 season at the Royal Opera House in London have been announced. Kevin O’Hare’s  first season as Director features six world premieres and two works new to the company.

Swan Lake leads the line, but the real gold lies in a mixed programme and two splendid other full length productions.

I have always liked Onegin although, despite Crankos brilliant choreography, it always seems a little spare on the big stage at the ROH. One can’t help but think that, had he had more resources, he would have made it a lot more lavish a production. Nevertheless, on dancing alone it is a must see.

Mayerling is the other heavyweight in this season. If you like the “lifting and chucking” part of MacMillans choreography then this is it at its highest level – almost extreme ballet. A spectacular, elemental ballet.

The mixed programmes are always good value and this programme is no exception. Concerto is in a league of its own and when performed with the sublime Requiem attendance is mandatory. Requiem was written as a tribute to John Cranko whose early death a few years earlier had profoundly affected MacMillan it is at once both angry and beautiful. I dont remember seeing Las Hermanas, the third of this trilogy but it is based on the House of Bernado Alba by Lorca – a play which I find tiresome in the extreme.

Elsewhere in the programme La Bayadere is always worth a look. Infra – part of another mixed programme – is always compelling and, of course, you have to go and see the Nutcracker at Christmas – it is the law.

Mallard

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