Northern Ballet: The Great Gatsby

With the film on release and 1920s fashion seeing a revival on the high street, the Northern Ballet couldn’t be more on trend with their latest production of The Great Gatsby. A complex story in text, I was intrigued to see how it would translate to a wordless medium. The production sticks very closely to the original text in both sequence and plot and does an admirable job in capturing the elaborate story, however, given the entangled web of personal relationships and intricacies of language and tone that so characterise the book, in some respects it does find itself lacking. A number of scenes caused some confusion due to the addition of characters from memories appearing alongside reality.  Tropes and actions are attributed to some characters to add clarification such as George with his tyre and Jordan with her golf swing, which was helpful if occasionally jarring.

This article was first published on The Arbuturian. For the full article please see here.

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