The Royal Ballet is wrapping its summer season with a bill of works by three all-time-great choreographers. These creations all date from the 20th century, and there’s also a Russian thread of sorts for those who like that sort of thing, but the overall impression is not of uniformity, but of infinite variety.
The evening opens with a piece that’s Slavic to the tips of its anti-hero’s stiletto-like fingers. It was with The Firebird that the Ballets Russes opened their 1910 Paris season, and, impossible as it is to see it through the eyes of a startled Palais Garnier-goer of a century ago, it remains a strange and scintillating piece of work. An unprecedented narrative and choreographic fusion...
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