Ballet Costumes Can Be Scary
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
The world's hippest ballet had its premiere last week and the reviewers all stuck a single hand out and flipped it side to side in the universal gesture for so-so. "Carbon Life," the meditation on men, women and Jung scored by Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson, is apparently too hip for its own good.
The triple-billing at London's Royal Opera House, featuring moves by the Royal's gifted in-house choreographer Wayne MacGregor and costumes by British designer Gareth Pugh, "opens marvellously," according to the Guardian, but "Ronson's music is just too overpowering." The strong components -- the "kinetic dazzle of the choreography," the "attention-grabbing gestures" -- are too strong, too fun. "All emphatically delivered; all proved vacuously enjoyable," goes the quietly biting New York Times review. There's also not enough limelight to go around: what with the on-stage musical lineup of Boy George, Hero Fisher, Alison Mosshart, Jonathan Pierce, Andrew Wyatt, rapper Black C
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