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Homage to the Queen

John Percival, The Stage, 6 June 2006

"This Homage to the Queen is not a revival of the ballet Frederick Ashton premiered on Coronation Day, 1953, but a new production celebrating Her Majesty’s 80th birthday and the Royal Ballet’s 75th.It contains one of Ashton’s four sections, the last, for the Queen of Air, together with sections by three new choreographers adopting Ashton’s original structure for the Queens of Earth, Waters and Fire and using the melodious, colourful score Malcolm Arnold wrote for him (Barry Wordsworth conducting).

David Bintley, Michael Corder and Christopher Wheeldon are able and experienced dance-makers, all working well and imaginatively and there is less clash than we might expect. 

The ballet’s prime virtue always was displaying the company at strength and many dancers are featured, notable among them Federico Bonelli in his splendid solo as Earth’s consort and Steven McRae in his swift complex entries as Spirit of Fire..."

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