Watching the Royal Ballet is like staring at a Degas painting for two and a half hours. The company preserves, but it doesn't push and evolve. Still, it's pretty.
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I first saw Hansuke Yamamoto as the Bluebird in San Francisco Ballet's 2006 presentation of Sleeping Beauty. He leaped out from stage right and at such height that it sparked an audible gasp throughout the War Memorial Opera House.
The ghosts of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Alvin Ailey and too many others to name are hopefully still in residence, inspiring a new generation of artists to create great works.
What did this extraordinary company do at the Music Center Pavilion? You guessed right: it put away one-act connoisseur feasts and brought out the bread and butter: Sir Frederick Ashton's Cinderella
Of all ballet artists, Wheeldon one of the most sought-after choreographers in the world these days and seems to be trying the hardest to bring ballet back.
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