Hofesh Shechter's Untouchable at the Royal Ballet, Sandwiched by Sturdy Classics

April 19, 2015 1:58 AM

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Ballet to the People caught the final night of the Royal Ballet's curious mixed bill that seems to have been programmed by the ancient dart-throwing method. George Balanchine's iconic The Four Temperaments set a high bar for the rest of the evening, followed by a much-anticipated new work by Hofesh Shechter. And a 65-minute closer, which violates the rules of programming evenings of dance - except that it's Kenneth MacMillan's Song of the Earth, set to the sublime Mahler song cycle, Das Lied von der Erde.

Tuesday night's performance of Four T's was not as uniformly bracing as generally seen across the pond, though Robert Clark on piano and the Royal Opera House orchestra under Barry Wordsworth gave a crisp account of the Hindemith score. Apart from the stupendous Itziar Mendizabal, who blazed through...

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