Thursday, 20 April 2017

REVIEW: Casanova at MK Theatre


A ballet by Kenneth Tindall, with music by Kerry Muzzey and performance by The Northern Ballet with The Northern Ballet Sinfonia at Milton Keynes Theatre 19th April 2017.

Giacomo Casanova 1725-1798, was born in Venice, however aside from his sexual reputation and his imprisonment in the Doges Palace, Casanova was a very well travelled and intelligent man. Living in Paris, London, Russia and travelling all over Europe he had various occupations during his tumultuous career:- a trainee priest, musician, a spy and a writer. He died at Dux Castle in Bohemia now the Czech Republic.

This ballet is played out in Venice for the first act and Paris for the second in the court of Madame de Pompadour.

We were unsure what to expect from our visit to MK Theatre as this is the ballet world premier tour, however the whole performance was exceptional. The combination of music, dance and story telling was quite extraordinary, it possessed an ethereal and lyrical atmosphere.
Led by Giuliano Contadini as Casenova all of the exceptional dancers carried the story with great ease and agility, ably assisted by the fine playing of the orchestra.

The costumes and stage set played an important part in the overall atmosphere of the performance and added greatly to this exceptional ballet. As usual the sound quality at the theatre was crystal clear and the volume just right.

We would heartily recommend this ballet to both lovers of more traditional ballet as well as those who prefer more new wave performances. We would certainly go to see it again in the future as there is so much to watch and listen to.

On at Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday 22nd April. Tickets from or telephone 0844 871 7652 (booking fee applies).

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