Francesca Hayward and Vadim Muntagirov in “The Invitation.” Photograph by Andrej Uspenski

Golden Hours

The Royal Ballet's mixed programme for the 2015/16 season combines a selection of three very different works. Resident choreographer Wayne McGregor's new one-act ballet, “Obsidian Tear,” sits alongside a revival of Kenneth MacMillan's “The Invitation” and the return of Associate Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's “Within The Golden Hour.”
Svetlana Lunkina and Harrison James in Giselle. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic


Svetlana Lunkina has a deep connection to the role of Giselle. She debuted it at age nineteen at the Bolshoi Ballet, the youngest dancer in the company’s history to have done so.


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Onegin ROH 2015 - Photograph by Alice Pennefather

The Cult of Fragility

One of the greatest challenges—and for me, joys—of being a dance critic is navigating the not infrequent clash between contemporary values and those embraced in classical ballet, a centuries-old institution that venerates ‘tradition’ in all its old-world, patriarchal glory. What messages of value can women divine from stories that glorify female fragility and are primarily written and directed by men?