GREAT GATSBY BALLET

BalletMet Columbus, based in Columbus Ohio, is currently putting on a ballet version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic.

Says 35-year-old choreographer Jimmy Orrante: ” The story has parallels with today, with the cycle repeating of people going to parties, being careless with overspending and going into debt. The parties were big and the spending was big — without any question of how much things cost.”

Says artistic director Gerard Charles: “The era is a good one to portray in dance but there are certainly challenges to it because of the literary style of the writing.”

I’ll say! I love modern story ballets; should be interesting. It appears it’s showing this weekend and next. Anyone in Ohio?

(photo by Courtney Hergesheimer)

Via Mr. Elegant.

4 Comments

  1. Fascinating – I'm still waiting for a modern equivalent of 'Giselle' – a story and ballet just as timeless that'll last for a long time, but is set in today's time. Do you think one will be made??

  2. What an interesting concept! There's only so many times you can watch ballet's of the same story.

  3. SwanLakeSambaGirl

    I agree, JT — it is a really interesting concept. I wish they'd do this kind of thing more often. As well as update some of the classics. I wish someone would do that, Jolene. We need more Matthew Bournes!

  4. SwanLakeSambaGirl

    I agree, JT — it is a really interesting concept. I wish they'd do this kind of thing more often. As well as update some of the classics. I wish someone would do that, Jolene. We need more Matthew Bournes!

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