The Royal Ballet
Royal Opera House,
5 April 2013
by Judith Cruickshank
copyright 2013 by Judith Cruickshank
Poor Petipa. Later choreographers’ works are guarded fiercely, every step and every gesture preserved. But no such respect is awarded to the choreographer responsible for the foundation stones of today’s classical repertory. He may indeed have been a “master of formal construction” as Professor Tim Scholl writes in his biographical programme note, but stagers of his ballets clearly feel free to add, subtract and adapt freely.