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James Wilton Dance: Leviathan – Contact, Manchester

A group of dancers silhouetted through smoke

Choreography: James Wilton Reviewer: Peter Jacobs James Wilton Dance’s Leviathan aspires to greatness, loosely inspired by one of the Great American Novels of the Nineteenth Century – Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. In the novel, Captain Ahab becomes obsessed with capturing a white whale, ‘a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself, yet serene and beautiful beyond all imagining’.  ...

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Opera North: Billy Budd – The Lowry, Salford

Opera North's Billy Budd

Composer: Benjamin Britten Librettist: E.M.Forster &Eric Crozier after the story by Herman Melville Director: Orpha Phelan Conductor: Garry Walker Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Opera North has assembled an incredibly varied season this autumn; firstly Strauss, then Britten and finally Puccini. This attests to the wealth of talent that Opera North boats as well as the versatility of its members and the ...

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Billy Budd – The Grand, Leeds

Photo credit Clive Barda

Music: Benjamin Britten Libretto: E.M. Forster Director: Orpha Phelan Conductor: Garry Walker Reviewer: Sue Collier This Opera North production of Billy Bud is in two acts and is based on the short story Billy Budd by Herman Melville. The story is set in 1797, at a time when the French are revolting and there is great enmity between Britain and ...

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Leviathan – The House, Plymouth

Choreographer / Director: James Wilton Reviewer: Helen Tope Inspired by Herman Melville’s epic novel Moby Dick, Leviathan is choreographer James Wilton’s latest production. Having established a company with a reputation for daring, energetic pieces (blending athleticism with contemporary dance), James Wilton Dance takes on a larger narrative this time; exploring themes such as Man vs. Nature, isolation, and the psychology ...

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Billy Budd – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer - Herman Melville Director: Seb Harcombe Reviewer: Kat Pope [rating:4] A man sits on a chair front of stage, blindfolded. Whale song plays in the background and sounds like so many human voices in pain. The lights pop out. A gut-wrenching scream of agony pierces the darkness and we find ourselves marooned in Herman Melville's world of the cruel ...

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