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I saw both programmes - Schaufuss' "Midnight Express" and his Tchaikovsky Trilogy on three successive evenings - which were quite well received here. "Midnight Express", the more successful of the two, is a spectacular production and has a stunning metallic set depicting the prison, and Diesel's costumes for the prisoners are quite colourful. Schaufuss' choreography, slightly bland and repetitive at times, was more effective for the ensembles than for the main roles.
Nutcracker was the most effective of the three Tchaikovksy ballets which all lasted only 2 hours in length, as it is more suitable for adaptation than Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. Schaufuss' new choreography was inferior to the authentic choreography. None of the leading roles were outstanding. And each classic in Schaufuss' hands gives the feel more of 'dance theatre' than a showcase for classical ballet. I prefer Derek Deane's arena versions of the classics for ENB and also Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake for AMP.