Film Preview: Live Screening of The Royal Ballet’s Frankenstein @ Millenium Square, Bristol - 18.05.16
by Polly Hember
Previewing at the Royal Opera House in May, Liam Scarlett’s ballet adaptation of Frankenstein is a reinvention of Mary Shelley’s enduring tale of horror and hubris. Scarlett is one of the most sought after young choreographers, and the interplay of careful choreography and beautiful musical composition will reimagine the dark romantic masterpiece with new energy and insight.
The Big Screen Project have teamed up with the Royal Opera House, and are screening a live performance of the ballet across the world on the 18th of May. It will be shown on the Big Screen in Millennium Square in Bristol. Oh, and did we mention that it’s completely free?
Deckchairs are provided but will work on a first come first served basis, so we recommend bringing your own picnic blankets, cushions, and even fold up chairs to ensure maximum comfort! Pack some nibbles and a few drinks, and stroll down to the centre to snuggle up and watch this highly anticipated reimagining of the gothic tale.
Frankenstein has been relentlessly adapted since its publication in 1818; it has been retold as a monstrous horror story, a twisted romance, a cautionary fable, a revenge tragedy, and an overzealous parody. Shelley’s masterpiece tells the tale of an ambitious student who uncovers the secret to creating life, and brings a creature into being. He is unable to face his creation and flees, leaving the creature without guidance or direction. Victor’s fiancée, friends and family become entangled in the tragedy as the narrative unfolds. It is a dark tale that engages with moral and ethical polemics surrounding love, paternity, responsibility, hubris and human nature, as relevent in our present day as they were in 1818.
Scarlett, who is known for his abstract interpretations and has worked closely with the composer Lowell Liebermann on other projects, commented, “I think when the curtain goes down you’re not going to know who to feel more sorry for”.
Choreography by Liam Scarlett
Music by Lowell Liebermann
Design by John Macfarlane
Lighting by David Finn
Projection Design by Finn Ross
Place Millennium Square, Bristol
Time 7.30pm, with pre-performance screening from 7.
Age rating 12A
Running time 3 hours (with intervals)