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Opens: 15/02/2013 Closes: 24/03/2013 UK TourCreated for the National Ballet of Japan in 2008, David Bintley’s Aladdin gets its UK premiere. Known for his popular Cinderella, Bintley here teams up with composer Carl Davis, whose credits include the music for the BBC’s ‘wet shirt moment’ Pride and Prejudice series. This stays truer to the source text than Disney did, so expect a few less familiar twists and turns. For more information visit: http://www.brb.org.uk/masque/index.htm?act=WhatsOn&urn=23785&tsk=show Buy: http://www.brb.org.uk/masque/index.htm?act=whatson&tsk=venue&urn=113
The Telegraph“A full-blown piece of three-act splendour...” So the look of the thing is sublime and Carl Davis’s supple, fluid score resonates with Eastern influence. The problem, in strict ballet terms, is that the story does not quite lend itself to the kind of choreography at which David Bintley excels..
The Stage“Just about manages its shake off the heavy panto impedimenta...” With a score by the ubiquitous composer Carl Davis that starts like a sub-John Williams film soundtrack before settling down to a pleasing Anglo/Russian fusion, Bintley’s ballet takes some time to settle...
Guardian“Too much material falls back on formulaic classroom steps...” With its simple storytelling, bright, extrovert steps and colourful costumes, this ballet may be depressingly low on creative ambition, but it is very efficient in its craft...
The Independent“Céline Gittens makes a splendidly glamorous Diamond...” The leading characters – Aladdin, his princess, the Djinn of the Lamp – are drawn in clear, simple lines and classical steps. César Morales is a brisk, elegant Aladdin, more at home with the character’s yearning than his mischief...
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