Opera & Dance597 entries
Opens: 01/10/2012 Closes: 02/11/2012 ENO, LondonENO's self-given moniker the ‘House of Handel' might sound stuffy, but the company's collaboration with Dublin-based Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre promises a fresh staging of the great composer's Baroque epic. Olivier-winning director Michael Keegan-Dolan is the golden boy breathing life into the old faithful, which was first performed in London in 1724. For more information visit: http://www.eno.org/see-whats-on/productions/production-page.php?itemid=2129 Buy: http://www.eno.org/see-whats-on/productions/production-page.php?itemid=2129
MusicOMH“The music just rises above the absurdity forced upon it... ” I resent the insulting notion that it is impossible to listen to an aria without extraneous 'entertainment' although I'm sure the choreographer intended some deep significance in the gyrations which accompanied much of the music...
Whatsonstage.com“A dystopian dud...” A great deal of thought has gone into it, and to dismiss its ideas out of hand would be to patronise it; but having spent the best part of four hours in its company that is a risk that cuts both ways...
The Telegraph“A tiresome production...” The budget for sets seems to have been blown on a giraffe, as the decor consists of chipboard and plastic chairs. Most irritatingly of all, there’s a troupe of dancers with nothing better to do than writhe around during important arias...
Evening Standard“Rome meets the Wild West in a gory production...” The movement is relentless, a merely decorative addition... The evening’s rewards are more musical than dramatic... There is also a fine cast, and if sometimes gusto overrides style, commitment is never in doubt...
Guardian“Fitful and, at times, awkwardly symbolist...” The dances... with their mix of curtseys, bows and pastoral, effortlessly elide baroque with contemporary dance, but seem extraneous to the action rather than integral to it... the evening never coheres into anything like a satisfactory whole.
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