Thursday, December 1
Posted 01 December 2011 - 04:43 PM
Posted 01 December 2011 - 04:47 PM
This week we feature shots of the Birmingham Ballet rehearsing. The Birmingham Ballet production company consists of professionals dancers joined by a community cast of talented youth performing works by the original director, Alfonso Figueroa, who left for New York to concentrate on choreography for ballets around the country, and current director Cindy Free. The overhead shots show when The Snow Queen, Whitney Renfroe, enters.......
Posted 01 December 2011 - 04:49 PM
Posted 01 December 2011 - 04:54 PM
Speaking of animal costumes, here The Tales of Beatrix Potter takes the Christmas cake. Again, it's an Ashton classic, created for film in 1971 and transferred cleverly to the Covent Garden stage about two decades later. It's a pretty affair with keenly detailed characterisation and a tuneful John Lanchbery score, but I might not pick it for a family treat for a child older than about six. It's a bit long for a one-acter and kids become restive, especially now that they're used to computer games instead of... well, do they even know Beatrix Potter's stories? Meanwhile the adults can't help wondering what temperature it must be underneath those weighty mouse heads, or whether the dancing pigs can see where they're going.
Posted 02 December 2011 - 10:18 AM
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