In the Night set to Chopin’s haunting Nocturnes is one of my favourites. The three pas de deux each at a different moment on the path of true love, reveal Robbins at his most human. The first brings the passion of young love, the second, stylish and confident in an established relationship and the third a tempestuous break down. The work offers fine material for the dancers but sadly lacking were meaningful relationships or any sense that the couples had intense feelings for each other. It was simply a display of technique in fussy costumes, with only Desislava Stoeva in the third duet, giving her all in a passionate display.
The RSB is saving the environment by no longer printing a cast sheet. There are no boards showing the cast and no QR reader in the theatre to give the information. The programme has some of the casting, but nowhere does it give the full list of company members or any CVs. I know of no other company in Europe that treats its dancers so shabbily and I think they deserve better.
Robbins/Balanchine, Royal Swedish Ballet, Opera House Stockholm, 18 November 2022