Elizabeth Brown discusses the BBC’s watery new adaptation of this beloved classic.
In the current climate of obsessions with regal romances, the Royal Ballet’s performance of Elizabeth I does not differ. Will Tuckett and Alastair Middleton’s portrait of the Virgin Queen provides an isolated illustration of her supposed sex life, without regard to the complexities of her political career. The performance commences with a scene of her […]
Cinderella, set in the Blitz? What seems like an initially challenging concept to imagine is proven to not just work, but enchant. Matthew Bourne (as a known producer of subverted classical ballet) shines the light on ballet’s interesting flexibility as an ever-prevalent art form. Cinderella dazzles in its glass slippers. Set to a score by […]
Is ballet still the beautiful traditional dance form it always has been or is it crying out for a modern revival? “ballet has almost endless scope for reinvention” Some may see ballet as outdated an uninspiring when compared to modern dance styles like hip-hop and street, an exclusive dance form that is limited to petite […]
There are little girls everywhere in the audience, with criss-crossed plaits pinned tightly across their heads, pink bows peeking from pristine buns and excitedly clutching programmes. This is a vision of every young girl in dance class taking their first trip to the ballet, and I am reminded of my own first trip as an […]