Scottish Ballet opened a specially adapted wee version of a big ballet this weekend (November 1-3) at Theatre Royal in Glasgow. Wee Hansel & Gretel is an hour long, relaxed performance, a perfect production for youngsters to discover the magic of ballet.
The show was originally choreographed by Scottish Ballet’s Artistic Director Christopher Hampson in 2013, dancers from Scottish Ballet performed in this well-known fairy-tale a long-side talented students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s BA in Modern Ballet.
With a stunning, magical set and costume designed by Gary Harris, Wee Hansel & Gretel was a treat not only for the smaller audience but also the parents.
Interestingly, the production has been adapted a wee bit in set and scale too with the hope of future touring to smaller venues to ensure that Scottish Ballet continues to create work for everyone. This may be a pilot mission, but the hope would be that in the future it can look to be potentially be presented in places like community centres or remote locations.
The well known story is well introduced with an interactive segment before the show starts, allowing the children to get into the spirit of the story. The show itself is quick but engaging with plenty of dancing and storytelling. The auditorium was packed with boys and girls ready to follow the adventures of the well-known characters.
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