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.
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 (aged6 – 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.
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.
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.
The centrepiece of the family weekend was balletLORENT’s Snow White, a stunning retelling of the fairytale.
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.
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.
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.