The only student choreography, Eccentric Pulses from Guillem Cabrera Espinach, was created for the Ursula Moreton Emerging Choreographer 2022, and danced by 2nd year students, Caspar Lench and Alexandra Manuel. It was a low key, intense duet, one man, one woman and both dressed in black suits in a relationship that ends in death. The movement quality was modern, with strong sculpted lines, the partnering uncompromising and delivered with a sense of purpose.
The Grand Défilé to Carl Czerny Etudes brought the entire school onto the stage in brilliantly managed sections to suit each level and letting the graduating student experience lift-off. Takumi Miyake executed a step that doesn’t yet even have a name, it looked like a double tour on a horizontal plane and no doubt we’ll be seeing more of it. It was a thrilling moment at the end of a thrilling show.
Summer Performance, The Royal Ballet School, Royal Opera House, London 16 July 2022