Exciting, athletic and energetic, choreographer Adrienne Canterna’s take on the Romeo and Juliet story was well pitched for her enthusiastic young audience.

Shakespeare’s complex narratives are not easy to convey in dance, but there was no danger of losing the plot in this production: each character’s name was projected on the backdrop when he or she first appeared, and the programme gave a breakdown of the narrative scenes, listing them like numbers in a musical. (more…)

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English National Ballet (ENB) is the only major UK ballet company regularly to visit Oxford, and it is a great pleasure to read the memoire of a dancer who is so familiar to audiences here.

Klimentová states, “I became a ballet dancer by accident rather than by design”.  Born in Prague in 1971, in true Eastern Bloc style, she was picked out at kindergarten as a potential gymnast.  Thanks to the percipience of a ballet teacher at Sparta Prague, she was redirected to the Prague State Conservatoire, where she was schooled in the Vaganova style and fast-tracked to become a soloist.  Klimentová benefitted from the best training and professional start possible in Czechoslovakia before political change enabled her to build a career in the UK. (more…)