REVIEW: English National Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ – London Coliseum, January 2016

 

A flurry of sparkling snowflakes, a cascade of blossoming flowers and a colourful hot air balloon drifting skywards…  English National Ballet’s Nutcracker proved the perfect antidote to a woefully wet and windy Saturday!

Christmas seems merely a dim and distant memory now that the sparkly decorations have come down and January has well and truly arrived. However, inside the London Coliseum theatre the magic of the Yuletide season lingers this weekend as the venue hosts the final performances in this run of the festive — and fantastical — ballet.

Wayne Eagling’s exuberant Nutcracker premièred in 2010 and is the tenth version to have been incorporated into English National Ballet’s repertoire since the Company was established in 1950. Of all the 19th Century ballets, Nutcracker is the one which is most often staged and interpreted in strikingly different ways. English National Ballet’s current production includes some wonderful moments which are full of timeless Christmas cheer and plenty of divine dancing.

 

Nutcracker. English National Ballet. Shiori Kase as Clara. Photo by Jason Bell.

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REVIEW: Queensland Ballet’s ‘La Sylphide’ – London Coliseum, August 2015

 

Australia’s Queensland Ballet made its London début with a spirited performance of La Sylphide last night.

Dancers from Down Under captivated crowds of theatregoers at the London Coliseum with Peter Schaufuss’s Olivier and Evening Standard Award winning 1979 retelling of August Bournonville’s enduring masterpiece.

Fleet feet, buoyant jumps and charming characterisation kept balletomanes rapt all evening. Fresh from a sell-out season in Oz, Queensland Ballet’s interpretation of La Sylphide undoubtedly demonstrates why the troupe enjoys international acclaim and holds a permanent place as one of Australia’s premier dance companies.

 

Queensland Ballet. 'La Sylphide'. Photo by David Kelly. View Post

REVIEW: English National Ballet’s ‘Coppélia’ – London Coliseum, July 2014

 

Mischief and mistaken identities make for much merriment in English National Ballet’s effervescent Coppélia.

There is plenty of fun to be had with this light-hearted ballet and Company dancers were in high spirits for the opening performance at the London Coliseum last night (Wednesday 23rd July 2014).

Yonah Acosta and Shiori Kase made their debuts in the lead roles as the tale’s bickering — though still smitten — lovers. Both newly promoted, with Yonah soaring from the rank of Junior Soloist to Principal and Shiori more modestly upgraded from Soloist to First Soloist, their infectious enthusiasm and pleasing partnership set the tone for an enchanting evening.

 

Coppélia. English National Ballet dancers Shiori Kase and Yonah Acosta as Swanilda and Franz in English National Ballet's 'Coppélia'. Photo by David Jensen.

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REVIEW: English National Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ – London Coliseum, December 2013

 

Christmas is a time for magic. Nothing is more magical than a trip to the ballet so I seized the opportunity to watch English National Ballet’s Nutcracker at the London Coliseum.

 

With a plethora of pantomimes on offer at the moment, those seeking alternative festive fare should pirouette their way to the capital to see English National Ballet’s stylish Nutcracker at the London Coliseum. Currently captivating audience members of all ages, this is the perfect seasonal show for the whole family.

Former Artistic Director Wayne Eagling’s interpretation of the timeless classic is set in a frost-covered Edwardian London winter, on an enchanted Christmas Eve.

Anticipation is in the air as Clara and her brother Freddie prepare for their family’s Christmas party. The Christmassy scene is set with some clever ice skating and the children attending the matinee performance are transfixed from this point on.

 

English National Ballet's Nutcracker at the London Coliseum (photo by Guy Farrow and Patrick Baldwin)

English National Ballet’s Nutcracker at the London Coliseum (photography by Guy Farrow and Patrick Baldwin)

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