I'm posting this in musical here as well as ballet as I wanted to ask if anyone got to see the ill fated musical and could say anything about it. Here are some rather spontaneous thoughts about the ballet.
So, just back from Matthew Bourne's new ballet, The Red Shoes. I went expecting numerous, easy dance parodies, very fluid sexuality, bum jokes, a haughty ice queen, meta theatricality, ravishingly lit scenic imagery, dance within dance, a lot of camp, a lot of a dancer's lot, someone with an animal head, great music,sexy chic costumes, naked torsos, and taut storytelling - and yes, we got all that, and none of which is a bad thing (and lord knows, themes repeat and repeat and repeat in my fims, We all have our own language), but this was truly sophisticated in every department - the star, I confess, was Lez Brotherson's extraordinarily complex, detailed but fluid design. Gorgeous. A great, if rather short evening - short only in that I didn't want it to end. We got to the train all too quickly. All this and good company, a Bernard Herrmann score, and Edwina Currie - don't ask.,
Edwina was in the audience just next to us, looking rather amazing and chatting and smiling. Not a tut in sight in the whole show, but a lot of nods to a lot of ballets the complete history of dance is in there somewhere. If there is a fault it is that it is too short, and rushes through the drama. But that drama is good.
Post by Trekkie Monster on Dec 3, 2016 9:44:03 GMT
I saw this on opening night in Plymouth. I absolutely adored it. I was first on my feet at the end. Gorgeous score and stunning production. I tweeted Matthew and asked if they will release the soundtrack and he said he hoped to in the new year.
There's certainly a lot of homage to other dances/ballets, huge chunks, which on reflection could have had the time spent with the central drama. The lovers don't really get together till the end of act one, then there's the drama, then the red shoes reappear, and then the train, and it's done, Perhaps a little less time with the bouncing balls would have been better.
I saw it on Friday evening and was thrilled by it. Sir Matthew is back in top form after a few years of artistically treading water, he has come up with a full evening narrative ballet that is satisfying on every level.
yep this is clearly the ballet everything has been leading up to. I usually his ballets many times, but Sleeping Beauty left me cold. I've loved Dorian Grey, Swan Lake, Play Without Words, Car Man, Highland Fling and Lord of the Flies particularly. I wish they would stage his TV ballet, Late Flowering lust.
I wouldn't say you have to read the plot before but I caved in during the interval. There's some random elements otherwise.
I know it's not a classical ballet but in my opinion it's the most "balletty" out of all the MB choreographies I've seen. Mainly straightforwardly told and some quite "random" group dance numbers.
However I did enjoy it a lot when I saw it on Sunday. The dancers are very good and the score is strong. Also the £35 seats at the end of the stalls are fine. You don't lose anything except some surtitles with place names.
I saw this last night and quite liked it. There was a lack of development of Lermontov's character so the ultimate dramatic ending fell a little short imo. I enjoyed the Sylphides moments but could've done without the comedy music hall dance number. Very effective design and music.
Negative bit out of the way first - though it's minor! We were in the front row, which I always try and get, particularly for dance, and realised after 5 seconds that we would not be able to focus on beautiful insteps as we couldn't see them! Always a bit of a risk I know but, to be honest, the dancers weren't the highly technically skilled Russians/Cubans/Americans/British/Spanish that you see in the more classical shows anyway, so I got over it quickly as there really was so much else to look at!
We had a fantastic view of the orchestra, though I hardly glanced at them as the action on the stage was all-encompassing. The best bit of being so close was the gorgeous, sumptuous costumes. I could actually smell them! Also, the expressions on the dancers' faces, particularly in the "Oh god, have we GOT to do this tedious ballet?" scenes were hilarious.
The production was slick (only one kick in the face!) and there's a scene where Victoria dances in her pointe shoes with her ribbons undone (on purpose) which had our hearts in our mouths, being so close. It was brilliantly done.
The set and effects were stunning. There's an amazingly realistic storm scene which brought us in the front row so virtually into it that it played havoc with our eyes - one member of my group actually had to stop looking and focus elsewhere! The girls' costumes, black gypsy-style dresses, somehow melded in and became one with the black leaves which were projected swirling around the white background. The effect was simply mesmerising.
It definitely was less Bournesque than others I've seen and had something for everyone. Fantastico!