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NBT's 'Jekyll and Hyde'
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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Tue Jul 11, 2000 10:40 pm ]
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<P>Northern Ballet Theatre, who have enjoyed success with their own production of 'Dracula' and the recent 'Carmen' are working on a new production, 'Jekyll and Hyde'. Here is the Company press release.<P><BR>JEKYLL & HYDE<P>NORTHERN BALLET THEATRE (NBT) today revealed that its new production, to have its world première at the Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House on 19 February 2001, will be an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The production will form part of the Halifax National Tour 2001, which includes NBT's award-winning Romeo & Juliet and the ever popular, cult classic Dracula.<P>Jekyll & Hyde will be choreographed by Massimo Moricone, creator of two NBT classic productions; the award-winning Romeo & Juliet and NBT's biggest box office hit A Christmas Carol.<P>"His dances are full of interest, spirited, often commendably original " The Sunday Times (on Moricone's Romeo & Juliet)<P>"Massimo Moricone has a facility for imbuing his choreography with earthy realism.. ...he allows the steps to blend naturalistically into the action, furthering the plot with subtle nuances." Scotland On Sunday<P>Moricone aims to tell the tale of the combating alter-egos of Jekyll and Hyde, in an environment inspired by Fritz Lang's Metropolis. The sets and costumes to be designed by fellow Italian Alessandro Ciammarughi, who has collaborated with Moricone on several productions for Teatro Koros; his other work includes designs for the Royal Swedish Ballet and The Royal Ballet.<P>The production will also feature a specially commissioned score by Yorkshire born Philip Wilby. Wilby's output is wide-ranging and includes symphonies, concerti and liturgical works; his latest work, A New World Dancing, which uses text by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, is included in the 2000 series of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts. Wilby's music has featured around the world in concerts in Britain, Norway, Australia and California, and in broadcasts by the BBC. He is Principal Lecturer in Composition at the University of Leeds.<P>" Philip Wilby's music has emerged as one of the definitive voices of the nineties " BBC Radio 3<P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited February 21, 2001).]

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Wed Jul 12, 2000 8:53 am ]
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Stuart, I recall that you mentioned that you were an admirer of NBT's productions of Carmen and Dracula. Can you tell us more about the choreographer of the new production (who is unknown to me)? What is your assessment of NBT as a company?

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Wed Feb 21, 2001 3:03 am ]
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Image <P><BR>Oh dear! The nice folk at Northern Ballet Theatre are waking up to some very uncomplimentary reviews. They have had some real successes over the past few years, but their new 'Jekyll and Hyde' doesn't look as though it's going to turn out to be a world beater. <P>'Frightful farrago - Ismene Brown reviews Jekyll and Hyde performed by the Northern Ballet Theatre.'<BR> <A HREF="Http://" TARGET=_blank>Http://<BR>&rtmo=aCqauaaJ&atmo=99999999&pg=/et/01/2/21/btisme21.html</A> <P>The strange case of bondage and buttocks - Jekyll and Hyde at the Grand Theatre, Leeds.' by Stephanie Ferguson for the Guardian. <P> <A HREF="Http://,4273,4139423,00.html" TARGET=_blank>Http://,4273,4139423,00.html</A> <P><BR>'Well nobody's perfect' department. Francis posed me the above question some 7 months ago, so I felt it was about time to respond. I know little about the choreographer Moricone except that he has already made two works for NBT, 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'A Christmas Carol', neither of whcih have been to London. <P>I haven't seen enough of the company to make overall statements, but they have developed a distinctive approach to accessible narrative ballets and have a great commitment to this vision developed by Christopher Gable. Clearly this distinctive approach divides critics and some dance fans say that there is not enough dance in their works, but we should take on board their Ballet Theatre name. They certainly have some fine dramatic dancers. In a North american context thet share 'Dracula' with Atlanta Ballet and have similarities with some aspects of Stevenson's Houston Ballet, who come to Sadler's Wells in the next couple of months. <P>NBT also come to London soon with 'Dracula' and 'Jekyll and Hyde'. I hope it goes well for them at least with audience numbers as they have had a difficult time over the past couple of years with Gable's death, Michael Pink's departure and the short-lived term of their new AD Stefano Giannetti, who appeared to want to change the direction of the Company away from narrative work. I'm sure everyone wishes their new AD-designate David Nixon every success. <P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited February 21, 2001).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Feb 22, 2001 12:35 am ]
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Donald Hutera, who can be relied upon to emphasise the positive, reviews 'Jekyll & Hyde' and clearly his long journey up to Leeds was not rewarded with a transcendent dance experience.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>The classic tale of a scientist who awakens the demon within seems ideal for Northern Ballet Theatre, given the Leeds-based company’s successful 1996 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (which returns briefly to Sadler’s Wells next month). A decade ago the company scored an even bigger hit with a Romeo and Juliet choreographed by Massimo Moricone and a British revival tour begins in April. The Italian is back, carrying the dual responsibility of direction and dance for Jekyll & Hyde, but lightning has not struck twice. His staging of Stevenson’s story, which received its world premiere on Monday, is horror of the wrong kind.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <P> <A HREF="Http://,,62-88758,00.html" TARGET=_blank>Http://,,62-88758,00.html</A>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Feb 24, 2001 10:58 am ]
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'Carry On Up the Horror Show - 'Jekyll & Hyde'.' Nadine Meisner adds to the gloom surrounding this new production.<P> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><BR>Reviews/2001-02/jekyll210201.shtml</A> <p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited February 24, 2001).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Feb 25, 2001 12:35 am ]
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'The doctor will see you now. Where your blood should run cold, Massimo Moricone's Jekyll and Hyde leaves you asking for more gore.' Jann Parry in The Observer shares her colleagues' disappointment with the new work. <P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Rather than chilling the blood, this Jekyll and Hyde leaves you cold. It is an exercise in style that would work better at half the length, on video rather than in the theatre. Most of the insight into the characters' actions is conveyed on film projections that cover clunky scene changes; Jekyll's splitting soul is never seen on stage.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <P>However, Ballet C de B's 'Rien de Rien' and Alina Cojocaru in 'Romeo & Juliet' gain her praise.<P> <A HREF=",6903,442525,00.html" TARGET=_blank>,6903,442525,00.html</A> <P><BR>David Dougill in The Sunday Times reflects the fact that there is unusual unanimity amongst the critics about both the lack of success of 'Jekyll and Hyde' and and the great success of Rojo and Cojocaru of the RB as Juliet.<P> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A> <p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited February 25, 2001).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Mon Feb 26, 2001 4:51 am ]
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Christopher Bowen reviews 'Jekyll & Hyde' for The Scotsman and enjoys it more than his fellow critics, albeit with some caveats. <BR> <BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Still, if NBT’s Jekyll & Hyde prompts more questions than answers, better that than an evening of dance which numbs the mind. As it is (and with some full-blooded performances, particularly from Daniel de Andrade’s Jekyll and Jonathan Oliver’s Hyde) there is much to admire. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A> <BR>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Wed Feb 28, 2001 6:33 am ]
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Jenny Gilbert in 'The Independent' feels that 'Jekyll and Hyde' is good in parts, but still feels that movement could be made to do more to move the story along.<P> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A>

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