Based in the Basque coastal resort town of Biarritz in Southern France, Artistic Director Thierry Malandain has developed a very personal approach to dance that is rooted in classical ballet with a contemporary, full-bodied style. His company of 22 gorgeous dancers makes their Minnesota debut with an ethereal vision of Beauty and the Beast—unlike any other you have seen before. Revealing the humanity at the core of this well-known fairy tale, Malandain says, “I am searching for a dance that not only leaves traces of pleasure, but also revives the essence of the sacred as an answer to the difficulty of being.” With ingenious stagecraft, elegant costumes, and a romantic score drawn from Tchaikovsky’s symphonies, this unique, 70-minute version sweeps us toward an uplifting finale where goodness and love conquer fear and evil. This event takes place on Saturday, March 25th at 8:00pm on the Carlson Family Stage in Northrop Auditorium.
In compliment to the ballet, Northrop will present a free film screening of Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête on Tuesday, March 14 in the Best Buy Theater. Jean Cocteau reinvented the fairy tale for the cinema with Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête), an enchanting, exquisitely realized vision of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s fantasy romance. With all manner of unparalleled visual effects and tricks, Cocteau makes the spellbinding tale of transformative love both ethereal and tangible, and his indelible images haunt the cinema like no others. More info.
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