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Last night the Northern Ballet’s production of Swan Lake at Milton Keynes Theatre was enchanting. All the interpretations with changes, however slight, continue to keep this ballet on top. I truly love Matthew Bourne’s version of the ballet but last night I was lost once more in the superbly drawn myth by NB.

Of course everyone involved puts their heart and soul into these productions but for me the outstanding performances, by miles, were Ayami Miyata (Odette); Javier Torres (Anthony); and Giuliano Contadini (Simon). Thank you Northern Ballet for transporting me out of the everyday mundane into another world. The end scene with the underwater billowing silk was almost claustrophobic but just right.

Best wishes – Denny Bradbury

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