Ismene Brown

Fade to grey

Plus: some convincing sexual depravity in Tannhauser and an outstanding new double bill from the BalletBoyz at Sadler’s Wells

Every ballet company wants a box-office earner. But why Scottish Ballet’s leader Christopher Hampson kept on at David Dawson until he agreed to do a new Swan Lake is difficult to understand given the meh results. Dawson is a polite, undemonstrative choreographer, and his lack of enthusiasm has rather predictably produced an asthenic result.

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