Tragedy in Guer­nica bal­let per­for­mance

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Mel­bourne Bal­let Com­pany will re­turn to Hor­sham Town Hall on Satur­day night to per­form its pro­duc­tion of Guer­nica.

This tragic love story in­spired by Shake­spearean tragedy Romeo and Juliet and set in the Span­ish Civil War will fea­ture 10 pro­fes­sional dancers who have de­vel­oped their skills from some of the most renowned dance com­pa­nies in the world.

The plot is based in an at­mos­phere of de­struc­tion and sense of fear, and when the dark­ness takes over, two young char­ac­ters find the light in their hearts: a love story be­comes the ful­crum of the nar­ra­tion.

With the il­lu­sion of be­ing able to deal with the dark re­al­ity that sur­round them, the two lovers be­lieve that the feel­ing of bliss found in their love can win out against this ev­i­dent hu­man cruelty.

Out­side the nar­ra­tive, the cen­tral in­spi­ra­tion be­hind artis­tic direc­tor Simon Hoy’s Guer­nica is Pi­casso’s 1937 mas­ter-work ‘The Guer­nica’ which to this day re­mains one of the most pow­er­ful an­ti­war sym­bols.

Hoy told The Weekly Ad­ver­tiser the show’s plot had been tricky to piece to­gether and con­firmed it was full of emo­tion and drama.

“The chal­lenge was to give it a re­al­is­tic sense his­tor­i­cally and work it in a way that we didn’t cast any­one as vil­lains,” he said.

“We have a great cast and the dancers have con­sid­er­able ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s very pol­ished and a pro­duc­tion of which I’m very proud. And of course the Sergei Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet score, which is mag­nif­i­cent.”

Hor­sham Town Hall man­ager Shana Mi­atke said af­ter Mel­bourne Bal­let Com­pany’s out­stand­ing sell-out per­for­mance of Arche in the venue last year, it was a de­light to wel­come the per­form­ers back to present Guer­nica.

“Whether a bal­let new­comer or a sea­soned bal­let-goer, this two-act per­for­mance will in­spire and trans­port you to a spe­cial place that is to­tally grace­ful and ex­quis­ite,” she said.

There will also be a Ju­nior Classical and Mel­bourne Bal­let Com­pany Reper­toire Work­shop at 5pm for chil­dren aged be­tween eight and 12 who have pre­vi­ous bal­let ex­pe­ri­ence. The work­shop will cost $40 a stu­dent and is limited to 30 spa­ces.

Peo­ple seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion about the work­shop can call the Hor­sham Town Hall box of­fice on 5382 9555. Tick­ets to Guer­nica are avail­able on­line at www.hor­sham­town­ au or at the box of­fice at 71 Pynsent Street and cost $40 or $35 con­ces­sion.

EMO­TION AND DRAMA: Mel­bourne Guer­nica at Hor­sham Town Hall. Bal­let Com­pany will per­form

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