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on 23 April 2010
Surely the definitive version, at least unless the original cast (for whom the piece was created) are available! In my view, this is MacMillan's masterpiece, the choreography moving the story along, revealing character and mood like a novel.
Rojo and Acosta take us convincingly and memorably through the changes that their characters experience, as the two young lovers use and corupt each other, pushed along by Manon's horrible brother, danced with great verve by Jose Martin. As always with the Royal Ballet, a team of experienced performers make the supporting roles come to life: I found Christopher Saunders as the lustful and then vengeful sugar daddy, Monsieur G. M., particularly convincing. And Thomas Whitehead as the corrupt and brutal goaler,and the comically drunken de deux danced by Martin and Morera: the list goes on and on. All this action builds slowly and inexorably to the stunningly emotional finale, the death of Manon, when Acosta and Rojo demonstrate just why they are so highly regarded, both technically and dramatically.
There is also a documentary about dancing Manon, with rehearsal footage and interviews with the two principles and Monica Mason, who was in the original production.
I recommend this to anyone who likes ballet: my only proviso would be that the material is not suitable for children
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