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BRB opened their Autumn season with David Bintley's Aladdin at The Lowry yesterday. This production is a great family entertainment and last night we were treated to a dazzling performance from the whole company. Mathias Dingman was a real young man about town until he fell in love at first sight with the Princess. Momoko Hirata was just divine as the Princess. Iain Mackay frightened the life out of me as the Maghreb and Tzu-chao Chou was a pocket rocket as the Djin! Nao Sakuma and Tyrone Singleton set the stage alight as the Rubies. What a great start to the season.
Fantastic costumes and fantastic choreography will be my lasting impression of this production which I was fortunate enough to see last weekend. Strangely, there were no programmes let alone cast lists available on the night so it is difficult to comment on the actual dancers, especially since the website also does not appear to have been updated to reflect the current company. David Brewer I recognised as Aladdin and he was superb - as a dancer and a performer/actor. I also really liked the princess and the female genie who also really showed the emotion as they danced. As a whole though this was a lovely show to watch. It was a riot of colour and movement with some wonderful costumes and as I mentioned before some fantastic choreography and in particular some great lifts and partner work. Aladdin is not my favourite story but I loved this ballet version of it and this appreciation seemed to be shared by an audience of all age ranges. In the seats next to us there was a young family and they had brought their daughters aged 3 and 5 to see the ballet - their first ever visit to a theatre, let alone a ballet. They sat enthralled. There were quite a few children in the audience but it was the best audience I have been in for a while - no rustling of sweet packets, mobile phones, talking. A final shout out has to go to one of the female dancers with a huge costume mishap when her corset had clearly not been fastened up properly and came undone completely part way through a group dance. Her partner made a few attempts to grab her but as a true professional she danced on and somehow managed to preserve her dignity. Overall, a superb performance and one I am glad I went to see.
A nice (long) video from Houston, with some dancing: http://youtu.be/z1aOFJhRZDY <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/z1aOFJhRZDY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>