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Why does dance keep adapting films they can't possibly improve upon?

3 February 2024

9:00 AM

3 February 2024

9:00 AM

La Strada

Sadler’s Wells

Resolution Festival

The Place, until 9 February

Ballet has always suffered from a shortage of stories that can communicate without the medium of the spoken word or a lengthy synopsis in the programme. Recourse has often been made to familiar fairy tale and legend, but recently popular films and novels have also become a favoured source – Matthew Bourne, for instance, has fed off both The Red Shoes and Edward Scissorhands, while Christopher Wheeldon turned to Like Water for Chocolate and Cathy Marston to Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

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