Reviewed by Lucy Gwilliam
On Wednesday evening (3 May 2017), my husband and I went to see Northern Ballet’s world premiere of Casanova. We are huge fans of the ballet and love every performance we have seen by Northern Ballet, so we knew we would be in for a treat.
This mesmerising show tells the story of Casanova’s life. Casanova is famous having many lovers, but this show focused not just on his sexual adventures but by going deeper and showing the intricate details which tell his story.
Act 1 was set in Venice and showing Casanova’s time spent there and with his encounter with forbidden book which leads him to forgo his church career. It captures his time spent as a priest in training, his quest to become a musician and of how he becomes imprisoned
Act 2 is set in Paris where Casanova begins his social and sexual conquest of the city. After escaping from prison he brags of his breakout at the gaining salon. He catches the eye of Madame Pompadour, who becomes his benefactor.
He is now rich and carefree and begins to write. He wants to be seen as an intellectual, he works on the memoirs of his life.
Although the show does focus on his life, it does show his sexual side and his many encounters with both women and men. This delivered through dance in a perfect way. It was beautiful to watch.
The show is truly spectacular, it was very dark and the emotion shown in the dancing was elegant and breath-taking. The costumes were sublime, the detail in each garment was exceptional.
The music composed by Kerry Muzzey was just perfect for the show and complimented the phenomenal dance superbly. We were blown away.
The whole audience loved this performance and were captivated for the whole show, the cast were met with a standing ovation at the finale.
I would definitely recommend this show, it is totally different from any other ballet performances we have seen before. It had more depth and left us intrigued.
Tickets cost from £15.50 to £39 (booking fees may apply).
Northern Ballet’s Casanova is at The Lowry in Manchester from 3-6 May 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.thelowry.com or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000