Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Firebird

By Gemma Cleanslate

Sunday I was able to attend the premiere of The Firebird at the Royal Opera and Gardens. The performance by the Fantasy Dreams Dance Group set to the music of Igor Stravinsky was truly magical as advertised.  Andy Loon (Szerewp Loon), Ness and Ina Carpaccio did the choreography with Direction and Scenography by Ina Carpaccio. So much work goes into these performances as I have seen before. I saw Andy’s work in The little Prince some months ago. 

All the performers spend so much time in rehearsal. The Firebird herself (Ina Carpaccio)  was lovely in her dances. The story takes place before a evil looking castle in the background and is from an old Slavic fairy tale. There have been many interpretations of it in dance. The prince captures a feather from the Firebird and carries it with him. A bevy of princesses dance onto the stage and the prince is entranced by one lovely princess and dances with her until she disappears into the castle grounds. 

Menacing monsters appear from the woods to harass the prince and the Firebird returns and places a spell on the monsters while the Prince escapes. The lead monster ( Andy Loon) spars with the Firebird in a dance. The Lullaby dance of the Firebird vanquishes all the monsters and they fall to the ground. The prince returns with an enormous egg which upon breaking appears to release all from a spell. The evil looking castle disappears and is replaced by a lovely gleaming castle and all the princesses return including the one princess that the Prince was enraptured by and they join in a dance again with the Firebird hovering above . Well , that was my interpretation of it and I enjoyed it thoroughly. 

The Firebird will be repeated in December. Other performances at the Royal Opera will be September 27 - 1:30 pm slt - My Fair Lady, October 4 - 2 pm slt  - Sarah Brightman Tribute, October 11 - 2 pm slt - Circus by Fantasy Dreams, October 18 - 1 pm slt - Benno Sands & Cheerleaders TBA .
You are invited to join the group to stay informed of other performances to come. 

Gemma Cleanslate

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