"Flanders Fields ballet takes audience on emotional rollercoaster"

“Amarante marvellously succeeds in taking the audience on an emotional rollercoaster – from the joy of the days before the war, to the intense loss on the battlefield.”

Flanders Fields, admittedly, centres on war remembrance, but that doesn’t mean loss and sadness are the only recurring themes. “In Flanders Fields” for instance amazes with its magic, “Dialoog” with its honesty, “Forgotten Land” with its intense beauty and “The Green Table” with its satire.(...) It is a night, people here seem to agree, that the grande dame of Flemish ballet, Brabants, would have enjoyed.”

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"Great dances inspired by the Great War" ****

“It [Kurt Jooss' The Green Table] is one of the most powerful dance works on war ever conceived (...) The company's performance is notable, bringin to life this octogenarian work with a clear understanding of the emphasis needed for each tableau. At its centre is Sébastien Tassin's implacable Death, movements powerful, weighty, finally irresistible (...) All praise to pianists Albina Skvirskaya and Geert Callaert who found tonal colouring in F.A. Cohen's emphatic score.”

“Gaining notice as a choreographer, company soloist Ricardo Amarante offers In Flanders Fields, a new work inspired by John McRae’s famous Great War poem, written almost 100 years before to the day of the ballet’s premiere. His movement is proudly neoclassical, a relief in present times of choreographic crossover, and he marshals his 24 dancers with confidence in a series of tableaux (...) The company bring lithe sensitivity to their dancing and are alert to the changes of mood and texture in Sayo Kosugi’s successful if somewhat filmic commissioned score, played with brio by the Flanders Opera Orchestra.”

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