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Different Drummer: the Life of Kenneth MacMillan | reviews, news & interviews

Different Drummer: the Life of Kenneth MacMillan

Different Drummer: the Life of Kenneth MacMillan

Interview with Jann Parry, calm biographer of ballet's shock creator

'In this most collaborative of artistic worlds, it is never possible genuinely to be a loner'all images from kennethmacmillan.com

The spy out in the cold, the alienated Heathcliff of ballet, rough-hewn, moody and a little frightening - this is an image that’s commonly paraded of the choreographer Kenneth MacMillan. His ballets stand up that image, staging barely watchable sexual urges (The Judas Tree, My Brother, My Sisters), accusing polite society as a force for evil (Mayerling, Las Hermanas), smashing the porcelain in ballet’s china cupboard. Even his two most popular and conventional achievements, Romeo and Juliet and Manon, take the classical ballet model and shake it hard into a modern world of rebellious sex that breaks old rules.

He came back on the train and was told by his father that his mother had died. His father told him not to cry, and to kiss the body

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