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Dance

A new dance piece in which race definitely matters: Ballet Black’s Triple Bill reviewed

Plus: Royal Ballet's enthralling 30-year-old production of Giselle remains a living treasure, especially now that a thrilling partnership has emerged between Muntagirov and Nunez

2 April 2016

9:00 AM

2 April 2016

9:00 AM

Ballet Black: Triple Bill

Barbican Theatre, and touring until 22 June

Giselle

Royal Opera House, in rep until 15 April

Ballet’s romantic mantra could be summed up by John Keats’s ballad ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’, in which a young man remembers his terrible encounter with a supernatural ‘fairy’s child’. Beguiled to sleep with this ravishing fantasy creature, he dreams of a ghostly corps of other chaps similarly beguiled, who warn him that she was a witch who would leave him forever haunted, sick and bereft.

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