In a rare piece of programming from the Royal Opera House, audiences have the opportunity, for a limited run, to watch the Royal Ballet School’s talent of tomorrow and the main company’s talent of today together in a mixed programme of animal-based stories.
It features new work from Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett and Frederick Ashton’s popular Two Pigeons, seen previously this year alongside Scarlett’s Asphodel Meadows. The former First Artist certainly seems to be making his mark on the company repertoire.
The Cunning Little Vixen is an inoffensive 40-minute ballet to Leoš Janácek’s score told efficiently, with just enough dashes of humour and surprise. It’s well paced, giving the large cast all a substantial role, and the costuming is colourful and attractive, but I found that overall this harmless woodland tale was just a bit too twee for my taste.
The talented dancers, some of whom will be 18 and soon to join a working company, could cope with more sophisticated content, but still, they attack Scarlett’s material with relish and enthusiasm.
Madison Bailey offers an assured and expressive performance as the titular Vixen, spirited in her escape from the Gamekeeper’s dog, and sensitive in her sweetly choreographed meeting with her handsome Fox suitor, Liam Boswell.
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