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New English Ballet Theatre - Tryst: Devotion and Betrayal

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Definitely worth a trip to the Peacock, the theatre with possibly the worst sound system in London.


I rather loved the Kreutzer Sonata, enormously well danced by the leads and with a story so coherently told you barely need to spend time puzzling out what is going on; instead you can sink straight in the emotional maelstrom unfolding on stage. Duets full of tension and raging jealousy, tender moments and the best upside-down kiss I have seen. The gent behind me was gasping with delight from time to time, and I can only agree.


The other standout for me was Kristen McNally's Mad Women. Funny with a touch of surreal, with excellent coquettery from the gorgeous dancers. I'm sure some of the eyelash fluttery created a light breeze in the theatre. Christina Cecchini's character was larger than life and she just oozed stage presence. This was the first piece by Kristen McNally I've seen, and I fervently hope that I get to see a lot more of her choreography. Love her free movements and distinct style without the mannerisms that seem to sneak into a lot of modern pieces.


Orbital Motions might have been a tad to long for me, but I loved the idea, the gorgeous swirly motions and fast solos. Definitely a piece to showcase the male talent.


Wish I bought a programme....

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Was at the rehearsal - here are a couple of photos to whet the appetite!
NEBT: Orbital Motion (Company dancers)
© Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr
NEBT: Mad Women (Company ladies)
© Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr

NEBT: The Kreutzer Sonata (Hayley Blackburn, Joshua Barwick)
© Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr
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Here are my pictures from the general rehearsal.




Viktor Sugeng - piano, Justine Wisznia and Gyorgy Baan in Daniela Cardim Fonteyne's Tangents 


Ludovico Di Ubaldo and Christina Cecchina in Erico Montes's Toca 


Silas Stubbs - husband and Hayley Blackburn - wife in Andrew McNichol's Kreutzer Sonata 
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