Show Review: Snow White (modern Ballet), QPAC, Friday 2 September 2016

This full length contemporary  Dance Production of the Brother’s Grimm original fairytale classic Snow White from 1812  takes us on a modern and dark journey into the world of beauty, vanity and narcissism.

It is part of the QPAC International series which has previously seen productions from Paris Opera Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theatre arrive in Brisbane to the joy of local audiences. QPAC is fast building a reputation as a cultural tourism destination, attracting audiences from throughout Australia.

Artistic Director, Award winning French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj is renowned for his abstract dance works and his ballets have been performed by many other companies across the globe. This production of Snow White brings us into a modern and dark setting with a cast of 24 dancers focusing on a contemporary style.

Prelijocaj has combined with some of the best in the business including iconic French designer Jean Paul Gaultier for the costumes and Thierry Leproust for the set design.

Gaultier’s Stepmother exudes menace in a dominatrix-inspired ensemble while Snow White is purity herself in a flowing white costume not unlike a toga.

The sets by Thierry Leproust included with a full forest and the dwarves’ diamond mine wall where they acrobatically descended on wires down to the heroine who lay asleep below.

With symphonies by Gustav Mahler – one of the greatest theatre conductors of his era, we were taken to a place of such beauty and despair in this story of woe. From the gripping opening scene where Snow White’s mother can be seen to the “sleep like death” to the final dance, we were captured and held by the powerful score that appeared to have been written specifically for this production.

If you wish to partake in a modern fairytale with epic strength and skillful performances, Snow White will absolutely delight.

Snow White can be seen at QPAC from Friday 2nd September – Sunday 11th September.  Book tickets here.
Image (c) Darren Thomas

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