Bal­let with an el­e­ment of mys­tery

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

An old pick-a-path book in­spired a Tawa dancer to cre­ate a bal­let mys­tery that will keep au­di­ences guess­ing at Wellington’s Fringe Fes­ti­val next month.

Ariel Mid­dle­miss’ orig­i­nal bal­let, Dead Silent, fol­lows the story of the dis­ap­pear­ance of new­ly­weds Will and Anna Smith while al­low­ing the au­di­ence to play de­tec­tive and fig­ure out clues.

Mid­dle­miss, 22, said she came up with the idea after buy­ing two pick-a-path books, which al­low read­ers to choose what will hap­pen in a story.

‘‘Im­me­di­ately I was try­ing to imag­ine if you could some­how make a bal­let into a pick-a-path book,’’ she said.

‘‘My bal­let was based around th­ese two kids books.’’

The au­di­ence will be able to walk through the set, pick up items and try to gather clues be­fore the per­for­mance.

‘‘Ev­ery­one will draw a dif­fer­ent con­clu­sion.’’

The Ariel Mid­dle­miss Dance Col­lec­tive de­buted at last year’s Fringe Fes­ti­val with the show Frame of Mind.

Dead Silent is the first bal­let Mid­dle­miss has writ­ten. It has just two main dancers.

Even her mu­sic for the show is unique, with her sis­ter- in- law com­pos­ing it.

The bal­let fol­lows the fic­tional dis­ap­pear­ance of the Smythes after they moved into 1 Kent Tce on Novem­ber 4, 1989.

Mid­dle­miss, who has danced for about 20 years, teaches at L Dance Stu­dio Tawa and the Dance Academy at Tawa In­ter­me­di­ate.

She said her next goal was to dance at in­ter­na­tional fringe fes­ti­vals, for which she would cre­ate new ma­te­rial.

Dead Silent,

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Mys­te­ri­ous moves: Ariel Mid­dle­miss’ first bal­let, Dead

Silent, has a dif­fer­ence to it.

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