Dis­ney on Ice

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - REVIEWS - FIRST DI­RECT ARENA, LEEDS MARK CASCI

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.