A Bus Stop Review of BalletLorent’s Snow White

Last weekend at the annual Sadlers Wells Family Weekend one of our dedicated Bus Stop Families reviewed the Snow White ballet.

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About balletLORENT

Artistic Director Liv Lorent (MBE) set up the contemporary dance company based in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1993. Her mission and main objective (apart from producing beautiful work) is finding and developing talent. The company offer dance training to all ages, and more than this, they nurture their dancers guiding them through their professional careers.

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Photo of local school children from Vittoria Primary School : non-production image.

Wherever they are on tour, balletLORENT will cast local school children in their shows (aged 6 – 9) who don’t have to have had any dance experience. The Snow White show included 12 children from Vittoria Primary School, from the local Islington borough.

Your Bus Stop Reviewers are Mama Jocelyn and little Busstopkid Daphne, grab your tickets, and enjoy…

The Ballet; Snow White

Snow White is the second of balletLORENT’s trilogy of fairytale adaptations written by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. This mystical adaptation of this classic Brothers Grimm fairytale is co-produced by Northern Stage and commissioned by Sadler’s Wells.

SNOW WHITE_BalletLORENT, DANCERS; Gwen Berwick, Akeim Toussaint Buck, Gavin Coward, Toby Fitzgibbons, John Kendall, Caroline Reece, Ray Roa, Juliet Thompson, Natalie Trewinnard, Philippa White, Giulia Coti Zelati,
Artistic Director Liv Lorent has said:  “Snow White is so much about the fear of losing beauty and power as a woman, and the challenging pursuit that so many of us have: to capture a desired reflection of ourselves.”

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Family storytelling activities during the weekend
Sadlers Well’s theatre and the Lilian Baylis venue were brimming with activities to delight children of all ages.
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 Crown making in the foyer at Sadlers Wells
Daphne especially enjoyed crown-making and an adult-led dance session that had her and the other children physically emoting over t-shirts and whirling madly round the mezzanine.
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The centrepiece of the family weekend was balletLORENT’s Snow White, a stunning retelling of the fairytale.

SNOW WHITE_BalletLORENT, DANCERS; Gwen Berwick, Akeim Toussaint Buck, Gavin Coward, Toby Fitzgibbons, John Kendall, Caroline Reece, Ray Roa, Juliet Thompson, Natalie Trewinnard, Philippa White, Giulia Coti Zelati,

 Liv Lorent’s gorgeous choreography was well-matched by Phil Eddols’ ingenious set design with the main feature serving as a rotating forest, throne, mirror and cottage. There, the dancers beautifully manifested the story.
The company included many child dancers, which I think is so encouraging and engaging for the children in the audience. It provides them with their own mirror to see themselves on the stage and as participants in the story-telling.
SNOW WHITE_BalletLORENT, DANCERS; Gwen Berwick, Akeim Toussaint Buck, Gavin Coward, Toby Fitzgibbons, John Kendall, Caroline Reece, Ray Roa, Juliet Thompson, Natalie Trewinnard, Philippa White, Giulia Coti Zelati,
Daphne told me that her favourite part of the ballet was when Snow White was dancing with her mother, the Queen, who in this version of the story is her jealous betrayer and rival. Not to worry, in the end mother and daughter reunite in forgiveness and love.

SNOW WHITE_BalletLORENT, DANCERS; Gwen Berwick, Akeim Toussaint Buck, Gavin Coward, Toby Fitzgibbons, John Kendall, Caroline Reece, Ray Roa, Juliet Thompson, Natalie Trewinnard, Philippa White, Giulia Coti Zelati,

My favorite bits were the set itself, the use of fabric to extend and emphasize the dancing, the glorious performances of Natalie Trewinnard as Snow White and Caroline Reece as the Queen, and the equally graceful and rough-hewn movements of the miners. If you have the opportunity, see it and take your little ones with you.
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UK TOUR & SHOW INFO

Snow White premiered at Northern Stage on the 16th October 2015. Recommended Age 7+ The running time: 1 hour 44 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.

NEWCASTLE

31st Mar – 2nd Apr Northern Stage, Newcastle 0191 230 5151
Thurs 6pm£24 – £14.50 northernstage.co.uk
Fri & Sat 2pm & 7pm Students & U21s £12

OXFORD

8th – 9th April Oxford Playhouse 01865 305305
Fri 7pm£19 – £11 oxfordplayhouse.com
Sat 2pm & 7pm Family Ticket £60

If you want to see more, here is a clip of their recent show Rapunzel.

The Family Weekend at Sadlers Wells

The team put on some great activities to entertain the kids over the weekend, here is a look at what the other Bus Stop Kids got up to…

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Face painting in the foyer during the weekend

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A Tree of dreams.

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A Wall of Pants and more clothes to tell your story with.

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The story writing wall ‘ Once Upon A Wall’.

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Screen printing inspired by Snow White, and a drop in session with professional dancers.

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ALL images and text copyright Sian Gwilliam at My Culture Club and Creative Bus Stop 2016.
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