The Bolshoi's "Spartacus" on tour in Brisbane.

I had an opportunity to see “Swan Lake” at the Bolshoi when I was a child; my school offered students who were interested in seeing the ballet a day trip to Moscow. The outing was entirely voluntary, and the children who did not wish to go would get a day off school instead. Guess which option my stupid nine-year-old self went with.

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Frankenstein

melmoth.co is an online archive of some of my more substantial articles and reviews. For daily updates, please follow my blog: melmoth.blog The Royal Ballet’s 2016 production of Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece is an immensely enjoyable spectacle. It did, however, leave me a little conflicted. On the one hand, “Frankenstein” is, first and foremost, great theatre: […]

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Australian Ballet: Cinderella

The Australian Ballet production is Alexei Ratmansky’s second “Cinderella” – in 2002 he was commissioned by the Mariinsky Theatre to refresh Prokofiev’s fairytale, which he did with some success. Thirteen years on, the ballet is still in Mariinsky’s repertoire, but the “Cinderella” currently delighting Australian audiences is a significant divergence from Ratmansky’s original production.

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake in Melbourne

melmoth.co is an online archive of some of my more substantial articles and reviews. For daily updates, please follow my blog: melmoth.blog Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake just wrapped the Melbourne leg wing of its international tour, and it was everything I expected and so, so much more. Cast: The Swan / Stranger – Jonathan Ollivier and […]

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