An incredible, a wonderful introduction to Blu-Ray, The “Elite Syncopations “ choreographed by Kenneth Macmillan is phenomenal.
It so exciting; it incorporates brilliant dancing with huge dollops of fun and a kaleidoscope of colours. This is modern ballet dance at its finest
“The Judas Tree” by comparison was very heavy, dark and with discordant music but what superb dancing and brilliant choreography.
To round off the evening the “Concerto” danced to Shostakovich Piano Concert No. 2 has a beautiful simple set acting as a back-drop to show off the exquisite dancing. Calm and elegant to watch, it is an absolute joy.
Together the three ballets make a wonderful presentation of the beauty and power of ballet, a wonderful exposition of dance interpreting music and taking it to a new level of enjoyment.
Congratulations to the Royal Ballet and their ballet dancers.
The Englishman’s Life (18,924 words.)
My perception of the world, presented in popular poetry and prose; fun and frolics; pain and pleasure; sadness and sunshine; with a touch of realism.
It’s the story of one Englishman, who suddenly sat back and said “What have I actually achieved? How did it all happen? Did I have some fun? What happens next? What was life really about? What was the best? Did I do well by my wife and family?”
It’s also a snapshot of England during a period of massive change, from 1940 to 2010 though also looking at the everlasting beauty of England.
From the rationing to a wonderful and varied cuisine; from a 4d (denarius-old pence, from the pounds, shillings and pence days) phone call to today’s Internet; from missionaries to global businesses; from the British empire to Britain on its own; shanks’s pony to spacecraft; from two billion to six billion people.
It also shows a picture of a man having fun with words. Sometimes the ’poetry’ is more important than the meaning and sometimes the meaning is more important.
With lots of personal glimpses – for fun,
from being a young man,
to the start of the Third Phase,