Disney on Ice
a range of countries including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Sudan, for many the visit was their first experience of UK theatre and classical chamber music. The group, which numbered over thirty, were brought together by Doncaster Conversation Club and Doncaster Minster who work to support refugees and asylum seekers in the borough. As part of their visit, Cast welcomed the group with a hot meal and turned one of its rehearsal spaces into a prayer room for Maghreb prayer at sunset before the concert. The tickets were generously donated by Music in the Round with catering and refreshments supported by One Stop Carriers for Causes. Gods and Mortals: Next weekend Kala Sangam in Bradford will be hosting an evening of powerful and moving dance and music with the premiere of the national tour of
Over the course of this two-hour spectacular celebration of all things Disney one is continually reminded of the sheer magic that the corporation, founded by Walt Disney nearly a century ago, has brought into the lives of children and adults alike.
Thousands of children, my little girl among them, stare wide-eyed as a never-ending procession of some of the most enduring characters ever created appear before them.
Essentially what is on offer is truncated reenactments of the franchise’s most popular movies.
Accordingly we get 10 minutes of Beauty and the Beast, five minutes of Aladdin, 15 minutes of Finding Nemo.
Somewhat predictably the recent smash hit of Frozen, the story of two sisters and their battle for identity, gets the most attention, with the movie’s iconic songs given the full treatment, pyrotechnics and all.
The skill of the actors on skates is easy to take for granted but it’s a safe bet that hundreds of the children who attend will be pushing for lessons as a matter of urgency.
In short if your child has any interest in Disney then this show is an absolute must. It will excite their imaginations and does incredible justice the Disney legacy.
If you want a true endorsement, my daughter asked as we left the area, “can we go again next week daddy?”.
I am already sad it will be a year before I can take her again. the Odissi Ensemble. Gods and Mortals, promoted by Lutonbased Kadam Pulse, is an exciting new project with four dancers from very different backgrounds – Italy, Malaysia and the UK – brought together by their love of odissi. Odissi is a classical dance born in the temples of eastern India and found represented in carvings on the walls of caves and temples. Usually presented as a solo form, this sensuous dance of devotion, divine and human, will be presented in pieces created by the dancers for the group as well as solo items, with live musical accompaniment. The performance takes place on Saturday, April 8 at 7pm. For details and tickets visit www. kalasangam.org
NEW WORK: Odissi Ensemble present Gods and Mortals at Kala Sangam.