The tales of Beatrix Potter in dance
The tales of Beatrix Potter have captivated children for over a hundred years and been expressed in many forms. Now the Michelle Robinson Dance Theatre is bringing the enduring stories to life in dance.
About 50 youngsters, aged between eight and 16, are involved in experienced dancer and teacher Michelle Robinson’s major production for 2017 on the Globe Theatre stage.
The Tales of Beatrix Potter are being presented to the public on Saturday July 29 and Sunday July 30.
Ava Smith stars as a young Beatrix who seeks inspiration at her writing desk. She allows her imagination to take over in the form of delightful scenes from seven of her most popular stories.
They are mischievous Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck and Mr Fox, Leaping Jeremy Fisher, Naughty Hunca Munca and Tom Thumb, Mrs Tiggy Winkle and her laundry. Pigling Bland and Pigwig and their escape from the pork butcher and Squirrel Nutkin.
‘‘What’s on Beatrix Potter’s mind is created on the stage,’’ Michelle explains. ‘‘This is storytelling in a dance format. All these tales grew out of her imagination and observations of the world around her.’’
From her own experience Michelle says children really respond when they’re given a character to portray.
‘‘It’s a wonderful opportunity for youngsters to perform in front of a large audience,’’ she says.
The audience will respond to the colour and costume and the evergreen Beatrix Potter stories told through creative and original movement.
The first half of the programme is a showcase of dance. Michelle Robinson’s younger students will demonstrate their talent in classical ballet, tap, contemporary and lyrical dance.
‘‘It gives students an opportunity to express what they’ve been taught and show their talent to the audience,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s a highlight each year of what these young dancers are capable of.’’
The Tales of Beatrix Potter will be presented at The Globe on Saturday July 29 at 2pm and Sunday July 30 at 4pm.
Dancers at the Michelle Robinson Dance Theatre rehearse Les Nuage, from the showcase section of Beatrix Potter.