Saturday, 19 November 2016

Theater Basel | Robin Hood

The ballet director Richard Wherlock created his own version of Robin Hood at the Theater Basel.
In his story, Robin Hood is not a fighter for social justice but a member of Londons glamorous East End upper class in 1960, where he finds himself confronted with corruption, power abuse and violence.
After the chief of police gets abducted by the gangster brothers Ron and Reg Twin, the Merry Men (consisting of Robin hood and his friends) decide to fight against the Twin brother's criminal activities.
Robin falls in love with the daughter of the chief of police, but after losing a dart-battle against the Twin brothers they abduct her too and now it is the Merry Men's duty to save both her and her father.

Richard Wherlock's Robin Hood appears as a mix of James Bond, West Side Story and the swinging sixties spirit, which leads to a very vivacious and colourful evening with an incredibly strong choreography.
Also a part of the evening was the studio Operavenir, the young opera singers at the Theater Basel who where singing in some scenes, which created a very special contrast to the rather fast and modern music during most of the play.
We absolutely loved the music (by William Alwyn, John Barry, Arthur Bliss, Edward Elgar, Giles Farnaby, Edward German, Gustav Holst, Thomas Tomkins and many more) and the sixties costumes, and whereas the first part was more entertaining, with group dances and very spirited and humorous scenes, we felt like the second part was more expressive and incredibly strong.
Robin Hood is a very modern ballet with outstanding dancers and an incredible energy on stage and
even though the story is completely modernized to the sixties, the central statement remains the same, that love will always take over from hate.

choreography: Richard Wherlock
musical direction: Thomas Herzog
stage: Bruce French
costume: Catherine Voeffray
light: Jordan Tuinman
video: Bruce French, Tabea Rothfuchs

Jorge Garcia Pérez as ROBIN HOOD
Andrea Tortosa Vidal as MARIAN
Florent Mollet as THE CHIEF OF POLICE
Max Zachrisson as WILL
Frank Fannar Pedersen as LITTLE JOHN
Mirko Campigotto as TUCK
Diego Benito Gutierrez as GEORGE
Debora Maiques Marin as AMY
Annabelle Peintre as PAM, WILLS GIRLFRIEND
Dévi-Azélia Selly as SUE, LITTLE JOHNS GIRLFRIEND
Tana Rosás Suné as PETULA, TUCKS GIRLFRIEND
Ayako Nakano as BETH, MARIANS BEST FRIEND

Sergio Bustinduy as RON TWIN
Javier Rodriguez Cobos as REG TWIN
Anthony Ramiandrisoa as TONI
Lydia Caruso as KARIN, RON TWINS GIRLFRIEND
Luna Mertens as CHRISTINA, REG TWINS GIRLFRIEND
Alba Carbonell Castillo as JENNY, TONIS GIRLFRIEND
Raquel Rey Ramos as CRYSTAL, MANDIES GIRLFRIEND

people on the street, in the pub, policemen:
Camille Aublé, Sol Bilbao Lucuix, Vivian de Britto Schiller, Alba Carbonell Castillo, Lydia Caruso, Luna Mertens, Annabelle Peintre, Raquel Rey Ramos, Tana Rosás Suné, Marina Sanchez Garrigós, Dévi-Azélia Selly, Ster Slijkhuis, Sidney Elizabeth Turtschi, Ruben Banol Herrera, Diego Benito Gutierrez, David Castelló Garcia, Julian Juarez Castan, Florent Mollet, Alessandro Navarro Barbeito

the family Smith:
from the opera studios Operavenir:
soprano: Ye Eun Choi
mezzo-soprano: Sofia Pavone
bass: José Coca Loza

tenor: Giacomo Schiavo
countertenor: Max Riebl

© picture: Ismael Lorenzo

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