American Ballet Theatre at Sadler’s Wells

I am not a ballet fanatic, but I love certain ballet dancers and this art form in general, so if Bolshoi or Maryinsky come to town, I run. However, it’s not just the Russian ballet that I adore, so when I heard that renowned American Ballet Company was coming to town, I got my tickets as soon as I could, particularly as Alexei Ratmansky,who lifted Bolshoi’s repertoire to new heights while in residence, has become ABT’s artist in residence in 2009.

Sadler’s Wells is a great venue for dance performances ( if anything I almost prefer its stage to any other in London)-it was close to the university where I did my studies, so I went there and watched Baryshnykov or Sylvie Guillem and the crowd and atmosphere was always lovely and buzzing-it was great fun to come in advance, sip a glass of wine or juice and just watch the crowd assemble. 

I chose to see ABT’s Programme One, which included four pieces. The first ballet was called ‘Seven Sonatas’ and was choreographed by Ratmansky, who just blows me away with his choreography every time and this was no exception. Ballet dancers-three men and three women, even though different in height, colouring and technique, were beautiful in their movements and even though many moves appeared classic, they were very modern at the same time too. This was followed by world renowned Twyla Tharp’s choreographed

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