I have been fortunate enough to have seen the classic Christmas ballet The Nutcracker on numerous occasions but the performance I just witnessed from The Vienna Festival Ballet Company has absolutely blown me away. Whether you are a fan of the ballet, or you are curious as to whether or not it’s for you I would certainly recommend the VFB Company’s latest adaption … [Read more...]
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William Forsythe – A Quiet Evening of Dance
Take the title of choreographer William Forsythe’s A Quiet Evening of Dance literally. For the first forty-five minutes of this show, the only sound you’ll hear is a sometimes soundtrack of distant birds singing quietly and the dancers breathing. The house lights are left up, you’re visible and there’s no set. It’s all black on black with occasional highlights of grating colour in the form of what looks a lot like coloured rubber gloves. The consequence is the audience is left uncomfortable, exposed physically and emotionally in their familiar Sadler’s seats, tested on an actual appreciation of choreography with no comfort blankets and nowhere to hide.
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Performed by the UK's Northern Ballet and broadcast live in cinemas across the country, Bram Stoker's Dracula has come to life in a gothic, spectacular performance. The show moves fast paced from scene to scene, leaving little time for contemplation, but that’s alright because every bit of the show is enthralling. Created and choreographed by Northern Ballet’s … [Read more...]
As the Vienna Festival Ballet Company begin a nationwide tour, I went along to see their version of the classic fairy tale Snow White. The Vienna Festival Ballet proved that a true work of art, can and will past the test of time, the original story was first published in 1813 by the Brothers Grimm. The story of Snow White is one that we are all familiar with, … [Read more...]
Premiered in Aix-en-Provence three years ago this work choreographed by the French choreographer, Angelin Preljocaj is presented as a beautiful dream, pleasing to watch. The title, La Fresque, refers to a fresco. This is a watercolour picture painted rapidly onto wet plaster on a wall or ceiling so the colour permeates the plaster as it dries with the painting … [Read more...]
There’s the Soweto Gospel Choir dancing and singing in Zulu, a five-piece band lit as shadows against an African sky as ten ballet dancers performing classical steps in bare feet choreographed by the award-winning Mark Baldwin, who’s worked with Ballet Rambert as their Artistic Director and at Sadler’s Wells as resident choreographer. The question is does this mix … [Read more...]
The audience that were fortunate to be present at The Vienna Festival Ballet Company’s opening night of their 2019 national tour were spellbound at The Theatre Royal Windsor, as the timeless love story Giselle unfolded before their eyes. The story of Giselle takes place in a tiny village nestled in the romantic forests of the Rhineland. The forests are haunted by … [Read more...]
Take the title of choreographer William Forsythe’s A Quiet Evening of Dance literally. For the first forty-five minutes of this show, the only sound you’ll hear is a sometimes soundtrack of distant birds singing quietly and the dancers breathing. The house lights are left up, you’re visible and there’s no set. It’s all black on black with occasional highlights of … [Read more...]
The double bill show opened with Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, recomposed by Max Richter. It was not difficult to distinguish between the seasons. What would you choose from? The masterpiece that Vivaldi created, the excellent choreography by Jenna Lee, the stunning costumes by April Dalton or the very clever use of lighting by Andrew Ellis? As the music, lighting … [Read more...]
Borrow, beg or blag a ticket but just get yourself into the Coliseum because this production of Swan Lake has to be seen. Stunning sets, sumptuous costumes, spine-tingling music and dancing that takes your breath away make this an evening to be treasured. By the end, I was left feeling utterly spellbound, silent and speechless. No words could possibly come close to … [Read more...]