Friday, February 17, 2012

Twyla Tharp's "The Princess & the Goblin" (Pics & Video)

You may remember my post HERE about Twlya Tharp's new ballet The Princess and the Goblin, based on the fairy tale of the same name by George MacDonald. The show has since debuted and is being very well received. Performances of this premiere run end this weekend. Now, that there are some available, I thought I'd share some images and a brief video montage of the performance.

There's also a lengthy and balanced New York Times review HERE which discusses the fairy tale and the changes made by Ms. Tharp. Overall it seems people are happily surprised by Ms. Tharp's narrative ballet (usually she's far more abstract) as well as her use of children. I do find it interesting that the reviewer thinks that while venerating children in the ballet, she also underestimated them by her choice of plot changes. The review makes a good point about this fairy tale having a lot more to it than first meets the eye - just as many do.

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