Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Memories of the Maestro

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Memories of the Maestro

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Byline: LUKE JENNINGS

AN emotional evening and how could it have been otherwise - opened with the poignantly appropriate sight of a small boy standing alone at a barre. A tendu, a rond de jambe, and the stage was flooded with his Royal Ballet School fellows, leaping and whirling in a rapturous marriage of science and abandon.

Brightness fell.

But this evening was also about the past. Sir Anthony - an accomplished public speaker these days, with real comic timing - took us on a self-deprecating stroll through his career. Oberon, Benvolio and Siegfried came and went, danced by present-day principals, as did the cool geometry of Monotones. Johan Kobborg and Miyako Yoshida were a particular treat in the Act III Swan Lake pas de deux - he cutting the air with considered switchblade precision, she an Odile of such beguiling lightness that she seems to rest on her own private upcurrent of air.

A curious sensation to see all of those Dowell-associated costumes one after the other. …

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