Ruth Leon recommends… Out dancing with Queen Victoria

Ruth Leon recommends… Out dancing with Queen Victoria

Ruth Leon recommends

norman lebrecht

September 01, 2021

Victoria – Northern Ballet
Click here for tickets – Marquee TV

Northern Ballet’s new biopic brings the sensational story of Victoria to life in dance. Passion, tragedy, fierce devotion. Queen Victoria’s diaries revealed a life so fascinating that her daughter Beatrice tried to rewrite history. Her irrepressible love for Albert sparked a royal dynasty. But his untimely death brought the world’s most powerful woman to her knees with grief.

Cathy Martson, whose sensational ballet, The Cellist, about Jacqueline du Pre was, for my money, the best new classical ballet in years, is on shakier ground with this one. It’s very mime-heavy and, even so, it’s not always clear what’s going on or who is whom. This company is racially diverse, which we’re not supposed to notice, but I think it helps to know in advance because then it’s less visually confusing.

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  • V. Lind says:

    How do you propose we “know in advance”? Put the race of the person beside their name in the programme?