It’s been a long time since I went to the ballet …

… but this weekend I had the opportunity to spend an evening at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden viewing three short modern ballets. I found the experience magical and mesmerising.

Each dance was performed by the Royal Ballet and set to a piece of music by the American composer Leonard Bertsein and the whole event is a celebration of the centenary of his birth.

The three pieces – choreographed very differently indeed – are called respectively “Yugen”, “The Age Of Anxiety” and “Corybantic Games” (my favourite).

I have never come across the word “corybantic” before. Having looked it up, I find that it has nothing to do with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – it means “frenzied”.

I write book reviews and films review, but I can’t do theatre reviews so, if you’d like to know more, please read this review from the “Guardian”.


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