This is coming back to The Lowry for another week in July so Ive booked.
My first ever ballet!
Oh Burly, I saw it a few weeks ago and it was mesmerising!
The scene where the Shoemaker taunts, tempts and teases Vicky with the Red Shoes in the the 1st act gave me goose bumps! It was simply stunning but the 2nd act ended far too soon. I've already booked to see Cinderella next March, again in Bristol.
Matthew Bourne does a Ballet version of the seminal Archers film. BALLET! BALLET! BALLET! Yes, for the first time ever I went to the ballet - so that's another one to tick off the bucket list. And indeed it seems everyone else was at the ballet too, first time I've ever seen the Festival sold out with all levels open and there was a rousing standing ovation at the end that seemed to last forever, and very well deserved it was too.
For those who don't know its played out to the music of Bernard Herrmann. And it works - its effectively a silent movie version of the film with some of the most historic music in film history used as the background to the on stage action. But not any of the Hitchcock scores - certainly recognised some Citizen Kane and there were sections from Fahrenheit 451 and The Ghost and Mrs Muir.
I've no idea if the actual ballet was any good as its not really my artform but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Red Shoes Ballet scene was a superb combination of dance, choreography and music.
Only complaint would be that the first act is around 70 minutes but the second only half and hour.
BurlyBeaR It's meant to be obvious but I agree that it isn't! It's along the lines of the person who runs the ballet not approving of her relationship with the conductor so he gets fired. She leaves with him and then later while going a bit crazy returns or something along those lines.
There was more about that in the film, so it wasn't as obvious in the ballet. In the film, the main ballerina wasn't injured, she announced she was getting married, and Lermontov blew his top and kicked her out, saying that a ballerina had to be married to her art and couldn't love dance and a man at the same time. So Irina being sacked gave Vicky her big chance and made her a star, but when she fell in love with Julian, Lermontov made her choose ballet or marriage, so she chose ballet, hence the decline to cheap music halls. But the red shoes had captured her and she couldn't resist going back to the ballet again, but Julian and Lermontov were both trying to force her to choose between them, so the red shoes forced her off the balcony onto the train tracks.
I loved the ballet version! I really loved how they distinguished between the dancer characters and the non dancer characters, even though they all danced. I saw Dominic North as Julian and I thought he was sensational. I loved the Red Shoes ballet too, it was fabulous.
I went to see this last night in Birmingham. Again, I am no dancer so couldn't comment on the technical of it but I thought it looked and sounded amazing. I didn't follow all of the plot, but I didn't care. The emotion the dancers conveyed was unbelievable, and I was just lost in the drama of it all. This is the 6th MB production I have seen and they never disappoint. If you haven't seen it yet, get yourself a ticket now as you are missing out!
Post by CG on the loose on Jul 20, 2017 12:05:51 GMT
I was there last night too and have a similar lack of dance knowledge but, like aliwag, found myself totally absorbed in the emotion and drama of it all. I loved the little comic touches too... the roll of an eye (well both actually, just one would be a bit freaky), the shrug of a shoulder. So glad it came back for another week in Brum, I'd have missed it otherwise.