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, most of us have seen it presented as a pantomime and/or an animated film.
But seeing this classic fairy tale come to life in the form of a ballet has to be the most enjoyable and spectacular way of viewing it.
In this version the queen is obsessed with her own beauty and gazes into the enchanted mirror every day, which informs her that she is the fairest of them all. All is well with the Queen until she is informed that Snow white is the fairest and not herself.
The Queen is full of envy so she instructs the huntsman to kill Snow White with a crossbow, he can’t bring himself to do so. So she decides to mix a lethal potion and whilst she is doing so the routine and the costumes worn by the dancers tell us that the potion she drops the apple into will be deadly.
Despite the evil going on the tale is not a tragic one in true fairy tale fashion – love conquers all – Snow White finds true love and they all live happily ever after.
The Seven Dwarfs, provided the humour, mixing classical dancing with contemporary, their choreography was both original and amusing.
How can children and adults alike follow the story line? Do we have narration? No it is not necessary, every scene in this production is so well presented with costumes and dance that there is no need for narration, the story tells itself.
Whether you are a fan of Ballet,or would like to see it for the first time, I highly recommend Vienna Festival Ballet’s version of Snow White. If you are not fortunate enough to obtain a ticket for Snow White, don’t despair, they are also touring with the classic Christmas show The Nutcracker. Oh! I have hardly mentioned the dancing. It is excellent.
Review by Johnny Tait
The VFB gave its first performance in Brighton, England in May 1980. This was followed by an extended European tour the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. Since that time the company has not looked back, but gone from strength to strength. The popularity of the VFB has been endorsed by the fact that they are invited back to venues again and again.
The company’s repertoire has grown steadily over the years, each of the ballets are full length, and choreographed after the original, exclusively for the VFB.
The Queen of a far away land, obsessed with her own beauty, relies on her enchanted mirror to reassure her she is the fairest of all. When the Queen is shown her youthful stepdaughter Snow White in the mirror, she hates her. The Queen loves the Huntsman but he is infatuated with Snow White. When she discovers this, the Queen banishes everyone at the court from the castle, and forces Snow White and the Huntsman to part forever. When alone, the Queen declares her love for the Huntsman and pleads him to return her love but he remains true to Snow White and, as punishment, the Queen orders him to hill her. Read more…
The repertoire includes: Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Coppelia, Giselle, La Sylphide, Rhapsody In Blue, Snow White, Othello, An American in Paris and Tales From The Vienna Woods.
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