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Performer: Toer van Schayk

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AmsterdamBeethovenWorld premiere

Beethoven
Beethoven
Wubkje Kuindersma; Ernst Meisner; Remi Wörtmeyer; Hans van Manen; Toer van Schayk; Dutch National Ballet; Marzio Conti; Dutch Ballet Orchestra
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A Swan Lake of awe inspiring beauty in Amsterdam

Maia Makhateli, Daniel Camargo and ensemble in Swan Lake © Marc Haegeman
This Swan Lake is a continued homage to classical female beauty and awe-inspiring dancing. The swans' collective mourning at Siegfried’s betrayal and its consequences are palpable.
****1
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Dutch Masters opens DNB's season

Four Last Songs © Hans Gerritsen
Dutch summer Romance? Yes, that's a thing. With some virtuoso dancing thrown in for good measure.
****1
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Ratmansky's pivotal Swan Lake in Zurich

By bringing a fairy tale alive, Ratmansky may have stayed truth to Petipa's and Ivanov's legacy but he betrayed Tchaikovsky's inner intentions.
****1
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English National Ballet: Beyond Ballets Russes 2

While the first of English National Ballet’s tributes to the Ballets Russes focused on works with a ‘nature’ theme, this second programme was more sporty – an apt topic for London 2012. First, there is Apollo, one of the most important and complex of the Olympian deities, then a game of tennis. Then there is an acrobat, and, finally, a marathon of non-stop technical classical feats.