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Watch: Liam Scarlett on Hansel and Gretel

The choreographer discusses his vision for his latest work and offers us a glimpse into the rehearsals.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

16 May 2013 at 5.56pm | 3 Comments

Liam Scarlett’s Hansel and Gretel, the choreographer’s first full-length narrative ballet, opened in the Linbury Studio last week. Read the audience reaction to the opening night. Based on the popular Brothers Grimm fairytale, the ballet explores the sinister side to the well-known tale.

‘The original fairytales are horrific,’ explains Liam. ‘The story has devious, selfish children, a horrible stepmother, an incredibly cowardly father and a witch that is a cannibalistic monster. I wanted to delve into the darker animalistic side of it.’

The ballet, which features an original score by Dan Jones and designs by Jon Bausor, is set in the style of a 1950s horror movie. Watch an interview with Jon Bausor to find out more about the set.

There are only six characters in the ballet, and Liam worked closely with the dancers to create the roles.

‘It’s been a real collaborative process,’ he explains. ‘I want the dancers to feel comfortable with the characters that they are creating so they are not imposed or superficial at all.’

The first cast featured Leanne Cope as Gretel, James Hay as Hansel, Laura Morera as The Stepmother, Bennet Gartside as The Father, Brian Maloney as The Witch and Steven McRae as The Sandman.

‘They are six dancers that I admire and have worked with a lot,’ Liam continues. ‘I know them inside out and back to front, and they know me as a choreographer. I’ve been able to really push them to their limits.”

Hansel and Gretel returns in the 2013/14 Season

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

16 May 2013 at 5.56pm

This article has been categorised Ballet, Dance and tagged by Liam Scarlett, Film, Hansel and Gretel, interview, Jon Bausor, Laura Morera, Liam Scarlett, Linbury Studio Theatre, Production, rehearsals

This article has 3 comments

  1. Patrick J.G.Shaw responded on 16 May 2013 at 7:14pm Reply

    Terrific!! WHERE did Liam do his Psychology degree?

  2. Liam Scarlett, the most genuinely talented person I've ever come across...

    Congratulations for this impressive piece of Art.

  3. Sandy Roberts responded on 23 February 2014 at 8:56am Reply

    Fantastic performance thrilling from beginning to the end. Very thought provoking wonderfully captured. Highly recommended a must see. Staging was brilliant! Congratulation to Liam Scarlett and all involved.

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