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Beauty and the Beast
November 28, 2014 @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Lilian Baylis Studio (+ UK tour)
Costumes by Steve Denton
Choreography by Darius James
Music by David Westcott
Revival tour of critically acclaimed new ballet by award-winning choreographer Darius James.
First written down in French in the 18th century, Beauty and the Beast is one of the worlds greatest fairytales in which the heroine rescues the hero, instead of the other way around. A beautiful daughter (with a ruined father and an evil suitor), a magical palace (with an exquisite garden containing a perfect red rose), and a Beast, furious and lonely. In a world of enchantments,spells and mirrors, who needs saving the most? In 1946 the legendary film maker Jean Cocteau added to the myth by creating the masterpiece that is La Belle et la Bête; using much of the imagery that was later copied by Disney for their film version in 1991. Now, with their unique blend of classical technique and up-to-the-minute storytelling skills, Ballet Cymru add their own ‘aprkling and refreshing take’ on the story.
Beauty and the Beast has toured nationally and internationally since its premiere in 2011, and its company have been described by The Dancing Times as ‘ballet pioneers’.