Celebration: Agnes Oaks & Thomas Edur

3 February 2009, Sadler’s Wells, London

I love it when you come out of a show and you are desperate to find the song they danced to/sang/played 🙂

agnesThe song I was desperate to download this time round was Schubert’s Impromptu – 3 Klavierstücke, D 946 Nr. 1. It’s a beautiful song and I loved the choreography (by Derek Deane)… it really fit the music so well. It took me a while to find a version that I liked… Uchida and Pollini play it so fast! I finally picked Andreas Staier.

This evening gala was in celebration of Agnes Oaks, who is retiring this year. The performance was brilliant. Thomas Adur and Agnes Oaks of the English National Ballet are partners on and off stage – you could see how incredible their partnering is, and how diverse their skills are. One minute it’s a punk rock ballet 2Human by Wayne McGregor, the next, it’s their classic signature piece Sleeping Beauty. Especially memorable was also a duet (in Three Preludes) that used a ballet barre as a prop. The ballerina was lifted over the barre, back and forth, stood on it, danced on it… radiantly beautiful.

thomasThe dance world is going to miss Agnes Oaks… good thing I have tix to see her again next month 🙂 Ahh the long farewells of artists 😉


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