REVIEW: Moscow City Ballet spectacular at Scunthorpe Baths Hall
A FOUR-day spectacular saw the cast of Moscow City Ballet perform two of the most loved tales of romance through dance.
For those who were lucky enough to have bought tickets to see either Romeo and Juliet or Sleeping Beauty, will not have been disappointed with the breath taking boundaries that the ballerinas pushed themselves to perform, write entertainment reporter Selina Maycock and Amy Downward.
Following a triumphant 2011-2012 season, the company stayed on top form when I caught a matinee performance of the dance company’s dramatic traditional story-telling with the romantic tale of The Sleeping Beauty, at Scunthorpe’s Baths Hall.
The cast takes the audience on the magical journey from Sleeping Beauty’s christening to the events that unfold at the palace banquet.
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The story is told through ballet moves and the mood of the play is set through the music of Tchaikovsky played by the Moscow City Ballet Orchestra.
The live Orchestra played beautifully and brought Tchaikovsky’s wonderful score to life.
The seven fairies who are invited to be godmothers to the infant princess beautifully showcase their moves on the stage in stunningly decorated tutus.
Their individual solos were fabulous to watch as every move was immaculately carried out.
At the banquet back at the palace, the fairies bring gifts but it’s the gift of the old fairy that throws the drama into the prospects of a happy ending.
In presenting their gifts, the fairy dancers take it in turn to do solo performances which comprised of complex pointe work.
The happy scene is then disturbed by the evil fairy Carabosse who created some spine chilling moments with his army of evil dancers.
The contemporary feel of the dancing in this section added to the dramatic atmosphere.
Carabosse places the princess under an enchantment as her gift – the princess will prick her hand on a spindle and die.
This curse is quickly revoked by the good Lilac Fairy who weaves her own magic so the princess will not die but will fall asleep for 100 years, only to be awakened by the kiss of a handsome prince.
The delicate Princess Aurora moved effortless around the stage, pirouetting perfectly and at one stage she holds her balance on the tip of her toe until she has spun in succession with four male dancers in her search for a prince.
Her series of solos and joint work with her gallant Prince were very graceful.
One hundred years pass and a prince from another family spies the hidden castle during a hunting expedition.
He enters the castle and kisses Sleeping Beauty which wakes her from the spell.
The audience was then delighted by a host of fairy-tale characters including red riding hood, at the wedding of Sleeping Beauty and her prince.
This brought comedy and more energetic ballet to the tale.
The ballet combines artistry, technique, narrative and live music for the absolute theatrical dancing experience.
Founded by Victor Smirnov-Golovanov in 1988, Moscow City Ballet is one of Russia’s most successful and popular touring ballet companies, highly admired for its distinctive style, exciting choreography and exceptionally gifted dancers.