The Dream


It’s been said about ballet that is the most irrelevant of the high arts. Not on the evidence of the Royal Ballet’s rendition of Frederick Ashton Midsummers Night Dream I saw .
I have no idea whether these dancers were better or worse than average. Or whether this particular version of ‘The Dream’ is better than versions past. What I do know is unlike opera, where the mere thought of sitting through 3 hours plus of it makes you go heavy lidded, there is something intrinsically fun about what is going down. Face it, a gigantic fatty warbling at the top of his or her voice is no match for a batch of highly toned and super fit dancers.


I’m never going to turn into a high culture guy but given the choice of classical concert, opera or ballet it’s ballet all the way.

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