Northern Ballet, Bradford Alhambra, review: A warm tribute into Kenneth MacMillan #Nickname_NicknameFebruary 11, 2019
This autumn his work is being celebrated by Britain’s ballet companies, individually and in a shared festival at London’s Royal Opera House.
Northern Ballet’s triple bill is both a warm tribute and new territory: it’s the first time this company has performed his work.
In this ambitious programme, some dances are a stretch, while others fit like a glove.
Victoria Sibson plays the domineering mother of five cowed daughters.
The eldest gets engaged, only to find her fiance in an affair with her youngest sister.
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This was a careful performance, in every sense.
They rise to Gloria , the First World War lament that MacMillan created in 1980.
They’re particularly good at the shifts in atmosphere, the moments when memory and sorrow rise up.