Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Uplifting Pranks for the Under-10s

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Uplifting Pranks for the Under-10s

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Byline: SARAH FRATER

DANCE RED BALLOON Linbury Studio, Covent Garden, WC2 .. . . . ..

THE Royal Opera House has a good track record of producing new family ballets down in its basement studio theatre. Will Tuckett had a tip-top run with Wind in the Willows, Pinocchio and Thief of Baghdad, and now Aletta Collins follows through with The Red Balloon.

It is a lovely-looking adaptation of Albert Lamorisse's 1956 fantasy short of the same name, which tells the story of a young French boy who's befriended by a helium-filled red balloon. The balloon seems to have a mind of its own, keeping the young boy company, playing pranks and having fun.

Lamorisse's film is an ideal source for a ballet because while it's not quite silent, it has almost no dialogue, meaning Collins doesn't have to think up ingenious ways of converting dialogue into steps.

Apart from being a little too long, and a little too literal, this sweet show is great for the under-10s. …

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