Monday, November 02, 2009


Independent Ballet Wales at the Civic Theatre


Morris Dancing to Mendelssohn ?
The Rude Mechanicals, with their silly walks, shod in clogs, scripts in pockets, were one of the chief delights of this imaginative interpretation of Shakespeare's comedy. Quince's prologue, with bows and bouquets, and the “rough musick” for their Loony Tunes Pyramus and Thisbe, were laugh-aloud funny – and the Bard's lines were instantly recognizable in their beard-coming, lion-roaring rehearsal.
It would be hard to appreciate Sleeping Beauty without some notion of the fairy tale, and you did need to know the plot here too, I think.
The style was a mix of modern and classical, the music a mix of the familiar Mendelssohn and the unfamiliar Telemann, which I thought worked rather better.
The entertainment factor was high, thanks to the fresh ideas in the staging – the umbrella bower, Bully Bottom's dreamcoat – and the youthful exuberance of the dancers: Daisuke Muira's Puck, Lauren Poulton's Helena, Mandev Sokhi's Bottom, and Iselin Eie Bowen's Titania, in a superb pas-de-deux with Richard Read's Oberon against the “cold fruitless moon”.
A Midsummer Night's Dream was choreographed by Artistic Director Darius James, with costume designs by Yvonne Greenleaf.

1 comment:

John Richardson said...

This was my second viewing of IBW's Midsummer Night's Dream.
Loved the back projection 'scenery' though this can mean 'viewing difficulties' when the lighting is not quite strong enough. This was not as evident at the Civic as it was in Stevenage when I was sitting further away.
This was the better casting, compared with that in Stevenage .. the eight dancers worked very well together and I am sure that a good proportion of the audeince would have been surprised at curtain-call to find so few in the cast !
John Richardson

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