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Concerto/The Judas Tree/Elite Syncopations, Royal Ballet | reviews, news & interviews

Concerto/The Judas Tree/Elite Syncopations, Royal Ballet

Concerto/The Judas Tree/Elite Syncopations, Royal Ballet

Shock power switch in new cast of MacMillan's brilliant last ballet

Mara Galeazzi in 'The Judas Tree': 'Galeazzi stamps an almost intimidating female presence on the building site'photo Dee Conway/ROH

Another night, another cast, another Judas Tree (see first-night review below this) - and yet more proof of what a tough, durable, shape-shifting piece Kenneth MacMillan created in his last year of life. Recently theartsdesk interviewee Thiago Soares talked of his preparations to play the central male in this gladiatorial ballet, and last night he made the role of the Foreman his own, taking to the stage like a razor-edged switchblade as the head of the gang of labourers who prowl at night through Canary Wharf and carry girls’ bodies to and fro.

Galeazzi hammered her foot on the 11 men's heads like a sow stamping on her piglets.

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