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Culture Club – Our Night at the Ballet

On Good Friday, Culture Club headed to the theatre to see Matthew Bourne’s critically acclaimed Red Shoes. Having just won the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreography, I couldn’t wait to see what dancing delights the show had in store for us.

And it was easy to see why it had picked up the Olivier Award; the choreography was incredible! It was a veritable feast for the eyes. What really impressed me was the sheer attention to detail; there was so much intricacy – from the use of light and shadow, to the background dancers – every scene had so much to take in. The storyline itself was equally intricate, portraying a play within a play. It was full of depth and I loved the parallels that were woven into the plot, with life imitating art throughout.

As a newbie to ballet, I must admit the lack of narrative was unnerving to start with. But after some acclimatization, I actually liked that it allowed you to use your imagination and interpret the scenes your own way. During the post-theatre analysis, we all shared our interpretations of the show and it was interesting to see how we all had a slightly different take on events – especially when we delved into the symbolic meanings that underpinned the plot.

All in all, it was a fabulous experience! But don’t take my word for it, take a look at the trailer here:

⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆  “Great dancing and interesting production design mean a must – says this ballet novice” Andrew Croskery, Real Science

⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆  “A veritable feast for the eyes” – Emma Knott, Publicis Resolute

⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ “A combination of incredible grace, stage wizardry and a cracking music make for a great experience (just read the story line before hand)” – Joe Dickson, Real Science

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