Review in The Sunday Times.
Wuthering Heights, in David Nixon’s new production for Northern Ballet Theatre, is a very busy ballet. There’s such a lot of running, rolling and chasing about on the moors in Ali Allen’s slate-grey, chalky-streaked, storm and snow-swept set; a great deal of energy expended, especially by Jonathan Olivier as the black-maned, black leather-trousered Heathcliff, who smoulders very agreeably. This danced condensation of Emily Bronte’s classic left me drained, but not, I think, for the intended reasons MORE
And in The Observer.
While the Danses Concertantes's programme vindicates what ballet, and only ballet, can do, David Nixon's Wuthering Heights reduces an intractable novel into dance-theatre. He has simplified Emily Brontë's saga into the tale of a wilful girl (Charlotte Talbot as Cathy) torn between love on the moors and married life in luxury. Wild-haired Heathcliff (Jonathan Ollivier) recalls her fate in flashback: the ballet starts and ends with him howling against a wind-lashed landscape as Claude-Michel Schönberg's score roars around him. MORE
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