Birmingham Royal Ballet: The Tempest review – entertainment without epiphany

Sadler’s Wells, London
David Bintley’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s play conjures a convincing sense of wonder but conveys too little of the emotional drama

Related: David Bintley: ‘The Tempest is about a man who’s lived off the idea of revenge’

The history of dance is littered with versions of The Tempest. With its formal intricacies of music, magic and comedy, there’s a masque-like quality to Shakespeare’s late play that offers seductive possibilities for choreographers. But the work is also a profound and unsettling study of love, revenge and power. And the central flaw of David Bintley’s adaptation is that we’re too often beguiled by the visual action, and too little challenged by the emotional drama.

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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