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Les Patineurs / Winter Dreams / The Concert

18 December 2018—4 January 2019
Main Stage

A seasonal celebration of ballet - joyous, intense, serious and comically absurd.

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Joyous then intense, serious then comically absurd - this is a programme with variety and seasonal celebration very much in mind. Les Patineurs is Ashton's witty and imaginative re-creation of ice skaters enjoying themselves - spinning impressively or falling over. A different wintery landscape takes over in MacMillan's character study drawn from Chekhov's Three Sisters - technically impressive and emotionally absorbing. But the mood for the finale turns to outright comedy in the funniest of all ballets, Robbins's The Concert, which pokes hilarious fun at the very idea of performance itself.