16 July 2023
THE ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL SUMMER PERFORMANCE (Royal Opera House) Ballet Review
This is my first ever visit to the summer performance of the Royal Ballet school. The pupils of all ages take to the stage in a wide range of pieces to showcase their prowess. It’s not often you get to see Petipa (even if slightly Acosta’d), Wheeldon, and Bournonville in the same show.
I won’t go piece by piece here. The dancing was spectacular throughout. Some of the choreography wasn’t for me (e.g., “The Two Pigeons”), but the execution was lovely nonetheless. Interestingly, there were a few pieces, most notably, “Don Quixote”, where a friend I was with liked the dancers I thought were just alright, and I loved the dancers she thought weren’t so great.
It was high-energy entertainment (esp. “Hora La Aninoasa”), and I am looking forward to seeing next year’s summer performance.
Cheapskate enjoyment value: £10.