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Tag: Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby | Review

Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby | Review

Critically acclaimed novel The Great Gatsby , first published in 1925 by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a story of love, passion, and the american dream. It is considered to be one of the great american novels. In 2013, it was brought to life on cinema screens by director Baz Luhrmann and won a whole host of Academy Awards. The very same year, David Nixon OBE created a ballet based on the story, and it is now one of Northern Ballet’s most successful productions in it’s history!

From the offset, the mood is set with the wonderdul music played by Northern Ballet Sinfonia. Each piece of music is almost hypnotic, with a definite hint of jazz, as was popular in the 1920’s, and of course, there is the obligatory Charleston thrown in for good measure!

The set design, by Jèrôme Kaplan, is ingenious. The changes between scenes happen almost without being noticed, having been cleverly intertwined with the choreography of the servants and their chores.

The Great gatsby, NORTHERN BALLET:Jay Gatsby; TOBIAS BATLEY,Daisy Buchanan; MARTHA LEEBOLT, Myrtle Wilson; VICTORIA SIBSON, Tom Buchanan; KENNETH TINDALL,Nick Carraway; GIULIANO CONTADINI, Jodan Baker; HANNAH BATEMAN, George Wilson; BENJAMIN MITCHELL, You

Julie Anderson assisted David Nixon with the costume design. They are instantly recognisable as being from the roaring 20’s era, with dropped waists, delicate fabrics and fringes, daper waistcoats and ties, and plenty of headwear. No expenses spared where Gatsby is concerned!

The Great gatsby, NORTHERN BALLET:Jay Gatsby; TOBIAS BATLEY,Daisy Buchanan; MARTHA LEEBOLT, Myrtle Wilson; VICTORIA SIBSON, Tom Buchanan; KENNETH TINDALL,Nick Carraway; GIULIANO CONTADINI, Jodan Baker; HANNAH BATEMAN, George Wilson; BENJAMIN MITCHELL, You

The choreography is truly stunning. Yes, it’s classical ballet, with the majority being familiar steps, however it has a flavor of a more contemporary style in places, with some really spectacular lifts that will make you gasp out loud! Naturally, once the orchestra start playing the Charleston, so too do the cast dance the Charleston, and their energy will make you want to join in!

The whole cast are insanely talented. They not only dance on stage, but are genuinely acting through their dancing. Even though no words are spoken, you can follow the plot of the story without any prior knowledge of the book or film. Telling a story through dance is one thing, but telling a story with dance is another.

Daisy Buchanan, danced by Antoinette Brooks Daw, shines on stage. The articulation theough her feet and the carriage of her arms make her appear to be floating. The anguish of her character is clear to see on her face.

The Great gatsby, NORTHERN BALLET:Jay Gatsby; TOBIAS BATLEY,Daisy Buchanan; MARTHA LEEBOLT, Myrtle Wilson; VICTORIA SIBSON, Tom Buchanan; KENNETH TINDALL,Nick Carraway; GIULIANO CONTADINI, Jodan Baker; HANNAH BATEMAN, George Wilson; BENJAMIN MITCHELL, You

Ashley Dixon danced the part of Jay Gatsby. He dances with such a calm demeanour, perfect for his aloof character, and his sincerity when dancing with Daisy is beautiful to watch.

The Great gatsby, NORTHERN BALLET:Jay Gatsby; TOBIAS BATLEY,Daisy Buchanan; MARTHA LEEBOLT, Myrtle Wilson; VICTORIA SIBSON, Tom Buchanan; KENNETH TINDALL,Nick Carraway; GIULIANO CONTADINI, Jodan Baker; HANNAH BATEMAN, George Wilson; BENJAMIN MITCHELL, You

Daisy’s cousin, Nick Carraway aka Kevin Poeung is so light on his feet. He barley makes a sound after landing some staggeringly high jumps.

The Great gatsby, NORTHERN BALLET:Jay Gatsby; TOBIAS BATLEY,Daisy Buchanan; MARTHA LEEBOLT, Myrtle Wilson; VICTORIA SIBSON, Tom Buchanan; KENNETH TINDALL,Nick Carraway; GIULIANO CONTADINI, Jodan Baker; HANNAH BATEMAN, George Wilson; BENJAMIN MITCHELL, You

Pippa Moore dances the character of Jordan Baker, Daisy’s best friend. She certainly saunters when on stage, makimg the most of every leg and arm line and slow, elegant head turn.

The Great gatsby, NORTHERN BALLET:Jay Gatsby; TOBIAS BATLEY,Daisy Buchanan; MARTHA LEEBOLT, Myrtle Wilson; VICTORIA SIBSON, Tom Buchanan; KENNETH TINDALL,Nick Carraway; GIULIANO CONTADINI, Jodan Baker; HANNAH BATEMAN, George Wilson; BENJAMIN MITCHELL, You

Northern ballet’s The Great Gatsby is not one to be missed, and it’s clear after watching it, why it’s one of their most popular productions. One of the most emotive dance pieces I’ve had the privilege to watch. The Great Gatsby is showing at the lowry, Salford Quays until Saturday 11th, with tickets still available on this link https://thelowry.com/whats-on/northern-ballet-the-great-gatsby/

It then moves on to Southampton Mayflower 15-18th of May to conclude it’s current run. All details can be found on Northern Ballet’s website https://northernballet.com/the-great-gatsby

NB. Photos curtesy of The Lowry and picture Jay Gatsby; TOBIAS BATLEY,Daisy Buchanan; MARTHA LEEBOLT, Myrtle Wilson; VICTORIA SIBSON, Tom Buchanan; KENNETH TINDALL,Nick Carraway; GIULIANO CONTADINI, Jodan Baker; HANNAH BATEMAN, George Wilson; BENJAMIN MITCHELL, Young Daisy; MICHELA PAOLACCI, Young Gatsby; JEREMY CURNIER,

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