Posted by: buxtonfestival | July 30, 2012

View from the audience

This year for me the highlight of the Festival was Ballet Cymru’s performance of The Tempest.  I always look forward to this afternoon at the ballet, but on July 13th the company excelled itself.  Sibelius’ music, which was new to me, was a perfect interpretation of Shakespeare’s play and the afternoon was a truly magical experience.  Our party consisted of three generations, the youngest thirteen years old and we were all held in thrall by the enchanted island.

Every part was beautifully danced, but special mention should be made of nineteen year old Lydia Arnoux’s tiny, delicate, ethereal Ariel and Daisuke Mura’s convincing Caliban in a role demanding a mixture of modern dance and acrobatics.  There was plenty of humour in the drinking scene, including some realistic rain (!!) and I particularly liked the way Aimee Williamson, as Trinculo, danced her way through all of this.

The curtain call came all too soon and as the dancers came on one by one I found myself thinking, ‘But where is Trinculo? Where is Alfonso?’ and I was suddenly reminded that the ballet had been performed by just ten dancers!  How fitting that Ariel was given the principal curtain call.

 Margaret Ryder

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