The swans are prostitutes.
Is the Royal Ballet failing young British talent? Over the weekend, former ballerina Bryony Brind expressed her shock that the company now has just one British woman and two British men among its 21 principals.
As Liam Scarlett premieres his first full-length narrative ballet, it's clear he has some very nasty things in the woodshed of his imagination.
It was set to be the ballerina face-off of the season: Alina Cojocaru's fierce, saintly Nikiya pitched against Marianela Núñez's wickedly entitled Gamzatti.
When the end of the 20th century came, some aspects of jazz began to be given the status of a classical form. In the reassessments that followed, the work of the American pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, who has died aged 91, was a major beneficiary.
Rambert Dance Company is one of the most established companies of the modern dance movement. Over the years there have been many amazing events, joyful dances, dramatic pieces, and thoughtful explorations of the body and the mind.
On a night when gloom had descended on the markets, The Royal Opera House offered a chance to escape with the Mariinsky Ballet.
A ballet dancer who performed in the acclaimed film Black Swan has repeated claims producers engaged in a cover-up to help Natalie Portman win an Oscar.
When Carlos Acosta and Tamara Rojo run onto the stage of the O2 arena in June next year, the Royal Ballet's greatest stars will be following in the footsteps of Gary Barlow, Roger Federer and, last week, Arcade Fire's Régine Chassagne.
The Royal Ballet is about to pirouette out of its glittering home in Covent Garden and head down river and, some of its more highbrow critics are bound to think, downmarket.