I thought Manon was MacMillan's master work until I saw this. Its dark subject is explored to extraordinary effect in movement and music, the story told compellingly, though I suspect you do need to read the program notes to fully comprehend who is whom and exactly what is going on.But the tragedy of Rudolf and Mary as they make and carry out their suicide pact, needs no explanation, only the wonderful dramatic dancing of Watson and Galeazzi. Ably supported by experienced dancers such as Sarah Lamb as Larish, the splendid Laura Morera as Mitzi, and Ioona Loots moving performance as Stephanie, Rudolf's unfortunate virgin bride.
It is however quite graphic in places, what with Stephanie being terrorised and pretty much raped on her wedding night, the scene in the brothel and the relatively (for ballet) explicit sex between Mary and Rudolf, and certainly not suitable for children. Bu twhen they are old enough, this ballet shows just what a deep and meaningful art form classical dance can be.