Northern Ballet - The Great Gatsby
From: Tuesday, 30th April 2013
To: Saturday, 4 May 2013
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Anne Morley-Priestman - 30 April 2013
When you read the programme synopsis for David Nixon's ballet based on F Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel The Great Gatsby, your first thought has to be "this is an incredibly complicated story". Your second will probably be "why, of all the novels which rely on the precision use of words, make this one into a classical dance drama?" Then the music – selected from an eclectic range of the late Richard Rodney Bennett's compositions – begins, the curtain rises, and none of this really seems to matter any more.
Dixon's choreography gives both the principals and the corps de ballet opportunities to show off, whether in variations on the social dances of the 1920s – look out for the charleston, the bunny hug and the tango – or in more lyrical moments. These are principally the preserve of the young Daisy (Michela Paolacci) as she swirls gracefully across the stage with her war-destined beloved Gatsby (Jeremy Curnier). Their steps f...
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