On Monday I was lucky enough to spend the evening at Leeds Grand Theatre watching a ballet! And this wasn't any old ballet, but a dance adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Not having been to a ballet for years I was slightly worried about the lack of dialogue and the thought not being able to understand what was going on. But thanks to a sneaky look at the programme during the interval I managed to keep on top of who's who.
From the start it was easy to become completely immersed in the story. The simple but dramatic floor-to-ceiling set was like a work of art and I longed to step inside it and become part of the glamourous decadence of the 1920s. The costumes also deserve a mention. Glamourous dresses perfectly captured that 20's essence and complimented the flapper-style dancing. Although I'm no ballet expert, for me this was a perfect production. Beautiful, escapist, dramatic - I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who'll listen!
Northern Ballet's production is touring the UK until 18th May.