Post by CG on the loose on Dec 13, 2017 22:36:23 GMT
Tonight’s performance at Sadler’s Wells was cancelled due to a problem with the power supply into the building - there was some, because the house lights were on, but apparently none for flying or lighting the production. Scheduled start was 7.30pm, house eventually opened 7.45pm and when everyone was seated, they very apologetically announced the cancellation... explaining that they’d had to bring us in so we could hear what they had to tell us (which was a fair point - the announcements they had made while we were waiting were completely inaudible). Sad to miss it, will have to see if I can catch it anywhere else.
I've never seen any of Matthew Bourne's work live but decided to give the BBC broadcast of this a go on the iPlayer. I thought it was very well acted but wasn't so sure on all the dancing. For starters, I found it odd that in 2 hours of ballet none of the women did any work en pointe. Some of the dancing was more like what I'd expect to see in a musical than a ballet.
I have a couple of queries that I'm wondering if anyone who's seen it live might have any ideas about:
Did the dancer playing Cinderella's Father also double as the Maitre D' character in the party scene? Did the party scene actually take place or was it just Cinderella hallucinating after being knocked out in the air raid? Why did Cinderella's Stepmother suddenly try to suffocate her. I mean, I know they didn't like it other but that seemed very extreme & seemed to come out of no-where.
While I don't think I'll be rushing to see any live Bourne any time soon, it was interesting to see this one. It was also wonderful to have a telecast of an arts event that didn't have some celebrity presenter burbling on fatuously beforehand & in the intervals. This had no presenter at all & was much better for it in my opinion.
Did the party scene actually take place or was it just Cinderella hallucinating after being knocked out in the air raid?
Apparently it didn't happen! I found that all very confusing but I did see something on twitter confirming that it was a dream. I guess it explains why the stepmother shoots the dad in the dream because it makes no sense otherwise.
Why did Cinderella's Stepmother suddenly try to suffocate her. I mean, I know they didn't like it other but that seemed very extreme & seemed to come out of no-where.
I've got a book which is interviews with Matthew Bourne about all his shows up to 2011. It's funny that there's never a summary of what is happening in any of his programmes (apparently his shows are crystal clear, I don't agree) but there's still a book which does have a lot of explanation in. The Cinderella chapter is about 60 pages long. It explains that all the step family have abused her in the past and they are worried that if she's having psychiatric treatment she will tell them what has happened so the stepmother wants to silence her. There was a prologue in previews when the show was first performed about 20 years ago that had young Cinderella seeing the stepmother kill her mum but apparently it was confusing so it got cut but the suffocating stayed. Very confusing!
Yes, I used to be a big fan but I've now stopped going because I struggle to follow the narrative or even to identify some of the characters.
And, please, will no one bother to patronisingly tell me either to sit back and let it wash over me or that it is all crystal clear.
I'm most definitely not going to tell you to do that! I am also a fan but I am definitely not a fan of his choreography or story telling. Stupidly I was a fan of one of the dancers before he joined the company which led to liking more of the dancers and I go to watch them rather than the story. I like seeing everyone dance each role at least once so I go and see each production a couple of times even if they don't make sense. I was definitely not a fan of Red Shoes and I now feel that everything Matthew Bourne does gets good reviews and sells out because it's Matthew Bourne and not because it's amazing.