“I have never been to the Ballet! I don’t like Ballet!” How many times have I heard that? “I mean there are no words, how can you know what’s going on? That’s why I have never been to the Ballet” Do we need words to enjoy Ballet? I would advise anyone to go along to see The Vienna Festival Ballet company perform Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. As I, along with … [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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The Peony Pavilion by The National Ballet of China definitely does not disappoint for a night at the ballet showcasing first-class dance work from the continent. The production is centred on one of the most famous love stories in Chinese literature and originally was performed as a 20-hour opera. Adapted from Tang Xianzu’s play, The Peony Pavilion is a ballet … [Read more...]
This is going to be one of those quintessential productions. One of those, that if you’ve been fortunate enough to get to see it, you will still be talking about in twenty years time. Telling others you were there and, yes, this is how it was. A great Romantic ballet of themes, Giselle remains a two-act frame for this stunning reimagining by Akram Khan, Tamara Rojo … [Read more...]
What a gorgeous jewel box of a dance event is this. Five new ballets choreographed by five brilliant choreographers, describing stories and sensibility through movement, not found before. Everything about this show is very fine. From the production and lighting values. creating tone and atmosphere, to the live music and the nuanced dancing by the talented … [Read more...]
What a pleasure of assorted treats is this dance event. Put aside all concerns about not having visible branded choreographic names to rely on, this is Sadler's Wells and the Dance Umbrella Festival. Quality assured. The whole point of the evening is about being able to appreciate great work without the usual labels being attached. You might want to guess who they … [Read more...]
As the Vienna Festival Ballet Company begin a nationwide tour, I went along to the Wyllyotts Theatre to see their version of the classic tale Snow White. If you are looking for first-class family entertainment, then look no further. The story of Snow White is one that we are all familiar with - most of us have seen it presented as a pantomime and/or an animated … [Read more...]
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and is by definition, extremely subjective. However, I think I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I had one of the most beautiful nights at the theatre last night as I experienced the fabulous Shanghai Ballet in their production of Echoes of Eternity at the London Coliseum. Inspired by Bai Juyi's ancient Chinese poem “Song … [Read more...]
Orwell’’s 1984 is a hapless tale, dark and ominous in its subject matter, where the rebellious protagonists are doomed from the start. The inescapable surveillance from a faceless Big Brother feels just as relevant now in the era of Orwell’s novel. How, then, can such an iconic tale of politics, hate and turmoil be translated into a comprehensible ballet? With such a … [Read more...]
The Vienna Festival Ballet company have triumphed again with their latest national tour of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. As I along with every other member of the audience that filled The Radlett Centre witnessed a visually stunning piece of art that held the full attention of everyone present from curtain up till the well-deserved curtain call, it was plain to see how the … [Read more...]