What’s On – Beauty & The Beast

March 15, 2018

Victorian State Ballet and The Byron Theatre are proudly treating Byron audiences next week with a full length classical ballet production of one of our all-time favourite fairy tales – Beauty & The Beast.

Featuring a brilliant cast of the top ballet artists from Australia and abroad, one of the world’s most loved fairy tale classics is retold through excellent staging, simple and direct mime, superb classical ballet skill and choreography which honour the spirit of this magical work – an inspiring, impacting, entertaining and memorable experience for the whole family!

The choreography is rich with vibrant colour, virtue, sensibility, grace, intrigue and outstanding skill. VSB’s Beauty & The Beast endeavours to immerse the audience right in amidst the fairy tale classic in a profound experience that is exhilarating, impacting and visually inspiring.

Don’t miss out on seeing all your favourite characters plus exhilarating solos and pas de deux from the stunning leading couple, the very moving transformation, grand waltz and ultimate happily ever after final scene! This is classical ballet at its finest! Come and experience this amazing production!

3 Performances: Friday, 23rd March at 7.30pm & Saturday, 24th March at 2.00pm and 7.30pm
Byron Theatre, Community Centre, Byron Bay
69 Jonson Street

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The History

Beauty and the Beast (French: La Belle et la Bête) is a traditional fairy tale written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740 in La Jeune Américaine et les contes marins (The Young American and Marine Tales). Her lengthy version was abridged, rewritten, and published first by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont in 1756 in Magasin des enfants (Children’s Collection) and by Andrew Lang in the Blue Fairy Book of his Fairy Book series in 1889, to produce the version(s) most commonly retold. It was influenced by some earlier stories, such as “Cupid and Psyche”, written by Lucius Apuleius Madaurensi in The Golden Ass in the 2nd century AD, and “The Pig King”, an Italian fairytale published by Giovanni Francesco Straparola in The Facetious Nights of Straparola.

Variants of the tale are known across Europe. In France, for example, Zémire and Azor is an operatic version of the story, written by Marmontel and composed by Grétry in 1771, which had enormous success well into the 19th century; it is based on the second version of the tale. Amour pour amour (Love for love), by Nivelle de la Chaussée, is a 1742 play based on de Villeneuve’s version. According to researchers at universities in Durham and Lisbon, the story originated around 4,000 years ago.

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History Source – Wikipedia

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