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Performer: Matthew Ball

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake takes flight once again

Matthew Ball (Swan) and Liam Mower (Prince) © Johan Persson
Bourne's radical reworking of Swan Lake returns to Sadler's Wells, 23 years after its premiere. 
*****
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Alessandra Ferri returns in Royal Ballet triple bill

Alessandra Ferri and Federico Bonelli in Marguerite and Armand © ROH | Tristam Kenton
A random assortment of disassociated ballets performed with variable success - from the sublime to the nondescript. 
***11
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An outstanding performance by Francesca Hayward

C. Saunders (Monsieur GM), F. Hayward (Manon), A. Campbell (Lescaut) in Manon © Bill Cooper | ROH, 2018
Yet another revival of MacMillan's signature ballet.  Enlivened by tremendous performances, not least in the title role, and still a classic. But, how long will that pertain?   
***11
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A ballet for all seasons: The Winter’s Tale returns

Ryoichi Hirano (Leontes) and Lauren Cuthbertson (Hermione) © Tristram Kenton
A strongly cast revival of The Winter's Tale by The Royal Ballet confirms one of Shakespeare's "problem plays" as perhaps being best suited to dance. 
****1
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Men in Motion

Anton Lukovkin © Elliot Franks
Outstanding examples of men dancing are book-ended by two new works that are badly misjudged as a means of entertainment 
**111
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