27 March 2001
London's Sadler's Wells went gothic on 13 March with the opening of the Northern Ballet Theatre's horror season, featuring the London leg of their current tour of Massimo Moricone's Jekyll & Hyde and a reprise of Dracula by Michael Pink and the late Christopher Gable.
Jekyll & Hyde, which premiered in Leeds on 19 February, is set to a specially commissioned score by Yorkshire-born composer Philip Wilby and takes place in an environment designed by Alessandro Ciammarughi under the inspiration of of Fritz Lang's film masterpiece Metropolis.
Dracula was widely acclaimed as a gothic tour-de-force when it premiered in March 1999, having been created three years earlier as a co-production with the Atlanta Ballet company.
The opening night at Sadler's Wells is remembered still for its festive full house that featured a veritable carnival of goth excess. The ballet itself is a highly theatrical mode of dance, in the established style of this top company. Philip Feeney's music, described by Sunday Times critic David Dougill as 'eerie, allusive and full-blooded by turns' is available on the Naxos label.
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