The Beauty and the Beast
Without revisiting all of the tale’s interpretations, a coming-of-age story can be detected designed to resolve the duality of being, with Belle embodying the human soul and the Beast being its life force and instincts. With Jean Cocteau, whose film appeared in cinemas in 1946, the focus is on the portrayal of the artist’s inner demons through the Beast’s duality. Whether it be lost unity or human nature torn apart, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s symphonic works, our version of the Beast, freed from his inner demons, marries Belle under a blazing sun.
While remaining faithful to the dramaturgy of Cinderella and to the score by Prokofiev, Thierry Malandain developed a very personal approach, exploring some themes that he holds dear. “Cendrillon” is the path of a star, a dancing star. Malandain took us on the road to Accomplishment. A road passing through doubt, denial, pain and hope to finally reach light. Through this vision, made of ashes and magic, sometimes tragic, sometimes comical, something quite universal was written.
March 18, The Beauty and the Beast, 8pm, San Diego Civic Theater, San Diego, CA
March 20, The Beauty and the Beast, 8 pm, The Mc Callum Theatre, Palm Desert, CA
March 22, Cinderella, 7:30p, Christopher Cohan Center, San Luis Obispo, CA
March 25, The Beauty and the Beast, 8pm, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
March 28, The Beauty and the Beast, 12:30pm, Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines, IA
March 28, The Beauty and the Beast, 7:30pm, Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines, IA
March 29, The Beauty and the Beast, 7:30pm, Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines, IA
April 1, Cinderella, 7:30pm, The Ohio Theatre, Columbus, OH
April 2, Cinderella, 3pm, The Ohio Theatre, Columbus, OH