Friday, October 26, 2007

David Bintley's Edward II

'It makes Swan Lake look rather tame,' said the little old lady in last night's interval of Edward II. She was having a whale of a time at Birmingham Royal Ballet's production of the David Bintley ballet at Plymouth's Theatre Royal. As Gaveston, Edward II's gay lover, Chi Cao thrilled and taunted the stage. John McCabe's score, from 1995, had a biting rhythm but was surprisingly lyrical too - great contemporary ballet music that left me wanting more. True epic staging, a fabulous dancing troupe, I left the evening happy to see the whole thing again, soon. Bracing.
I admire the sheer bravura of producing a whole new epic ballet on such an outrageous theme (nothing stinted here, even the death by red hot poker). It renews my confidence to dare.
All that for £16 too. I dropped down to Plymouth's Panier market this morning for some veg and Devon crab meat, and whisked up a crab pasta. It's in my bag ready for the train, and will be eaten alongside my partner in the Barbican foyer tonight, accompanied by our own bottle of wine. £10 for a great dinner for two in the fine venue of the Barbican gallery where tables await, and £16 for a pair of tickets to John Adams' 60th birthday concert after the meal. It's fun to live grandly on very little.


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