Manon just turned forty last March. How this masterpiece came about is compressed into a few fascinating pages in Jann Perry’s biography of choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, Different Drummer, which Haglund has been trying to finish reading since its publication in...
Passion, drama, gorgeous pas de deux – Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon is rightly regarded as one of ballet’s 20th-century classics. But amid the pleasure and the seduction, the rags and the riches, it’s easy to forget that this fictional tragedy … Continue reading ?
It’s the first interval at Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, hauntingly performed by the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen. I’m queuing for a drink, and so is a young couple right in front of me. It seems to be a classic situation: she is a ballet-lover and has brought her boyfriend/date/crush along. And just like the rest [...]
03-23 Apr Since its premiere in 1994, this production of Sir Kenneth Macmillan's famous ballet – based on Abbe Prevost's 18th century bodice-ripper Manon Lescaut...
Drama, drama, drama! As we have said before, Manon is all about how the leads project Kenneth MacMillan’s sweeping choreography. The ballet can fall flat with the wrong cast, but great dance-actors bring highly individual interpretations to the story. In … Continue reading ?
Principal Artists Amber Scott and Adam Bull talk about their special bond as pas de deux partners — and reveal their perfect rapport in the ecstatic bedroom scene from Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon.
Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon depicts the lives of libertines and the demi-monde, a group of people typified by the extravagant and at times amoral behaviour found in books like Dangerous Liaisons, where young women are routinely seduced as a game … Continue reading ?
Earlier this month, Royal Ballet artist Claudia Dean made her debut in an important role at Covent Garden. She was plucked from the corps de ballet to dance the taxing solo of the Chosen Maiden in Kenneth MacMillan’s Rite of Spring, a challenge that the famous FT critic, Mr. Clement Crisp, saw as an “admirable debut”. We [...]
Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet is back at the Royal Opera House. Along with the return of the much-missed Lauren Cuthbertson, who had been recovering from a long-term injury, this revival also features the lovely Bolshoi principal dancer Evgenia Obraztsova. She is debuting in MacMillan’s production, with the passionate Romeo of Steven McRae as her partner. [...]
A rare kinescope of Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan dancing the drag roles of Cinderella's ugly sisters in the 1957...
From London's Daily Express today: WHEN it comes to exploring the darkest corners of the psyche through ballet there is nobody to touch the late choreographer Kenneth MacMillan. And they don't come much darker than Mayerling. Based on the true,...
English National Ballet begins 2013 in style with a Tchaikovsky masterpiece, interpreted by one of the truly great choreographers of the twentieth century, Kenneth MacMillan. MacMillan’s production does not take any radical stance on...Show More Summary
The world of classical ballet has always indulged in tragedy – cursed enchantments, jealous rivals and doomed romance are bread and butter for repertory companies the world over. But it was choreographer Kenneth MacMillan who brought...Show More Summary
It's 20 years since Sir Kenneth MacMillan died and the Royal Ballet is about to open a triple bill of his works to mark the anniversary. I had a wonderful talk the other week with his widow, Lady Deborah MacMillan, and my piece is out today. Show More Summary
Its something of a miracle that Kenneth Macmillan's choreography for The Prince of the Pagodas exists at all. The choreographer was interested in working on Britten's score, but the composer refused to help by making changes to the score. Show More Summary
Kenneth MacMillan’s fairy tale homage to Petipa, Cranko, Ashton and De Valois, The Prince of the Pagodas, as captured by photographer Alice Pennefather during the current revival at the Royal Opera House: (Click on thumbnails to enlarge & see as slideshow) All Photos: © Alice Pennefather, courtesy of ROH About Alice Pennefather: With a twin [...]
ABT got back to serious business last night with its opening performance of Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet. This is one damn fine ballet. Not much can spoil it - not even a crummy violinist who seems to use the...
What do you do when your dad divides up the kingdom and gives your sister the larger share? You turn her boyfriend into a salamander and put a curse on the court, of course. Or that’s what happens in Kenneth MacMillan’s 1989 ballet The Prince of the Pagodas. Show More Summary
Tonight Kenneth MacMillan's last full-evening ballet, The Prince of the Pagodas, opens at Covent Garden after being missing for a generation. It's so much associated with Darcey Bussell, whom it propelled to stardom, that to step into her shoes is a tall order. Show More Summary