Thursday, 27 November 2008

Triple Bill/Royal Ballet

White noise has never sounded so lyrical in Wayne McGregor's new work for the Royal Ballet, Infra. I haven't read the programme notes yet, probably won't, but I think it's about the bleaching out of emotions amid the hurly-burly of the everyday and yet underneath passion rages away. Graceful and lovely, it really was. So too was the first piece in this triple bill, Voluntaries choreographed by the late Glen Tetley. Set to Poulenc's Organ Concerto, Tetley matched the music's idiosyncratic ebb and flow beautifully, alluding to the organ's fair ground qualities (whether intended by Poulenc or not) with nods to the carousel, as did the large multi-coloured circle that loomed over the stage as the dancers burst into life below.

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