With Hallowe’en coming up, it’s time for a teeny touch of darkness! Stroll this rogue’s gallery of ballet characters who definitely have a little devil on their shoulder.
21 Oct 2020
The Stepmother in Alexei Ratmansky's Cinderella is like a stormy weather front, erupting in squalls and lightning strikes. We first see her laying into her hairdresser, then pummelling her husband out of the house and kicking Cinderella's treasured portrait of her dead mother to shreds. And that's just in Act I! Approach with caution ...
Few ballet characters sizzle up the stage like Carmen and Don José in Roland Petit's Carmen. But a few nights is all they'll have: Carmen has a flinty heart and a roving eye, and José's insanely jealous. A bad combination, as it turns out.
The worldly, world-weary Onegin in John Cranko's ballet is unmoved when naïve Titania writes him a letter declaring her love. He haughtily rejects her, even tearing the letter up before her eyes. You know what they say about pride and falls ... before the end of this story, Onegin will be on his knees begging Titania to love him.
Five minutes after getting out of bed with her beloved, Kenneth Macmillan's Manon meets a man who waves some diamonds in her face. And just like that, she's off. Her taste for the high life brings her morally low, but it's her love for that guy she just can't forget that really gets her into trouble.
What's lazier than sleeping for 100 years? At least the Princess Aurora in David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty has a deluxe glass boudoir in which to dream away a century.