From nightclubs to The Nutcracker, the Pet Shop Boys’ Ballet is set to be a Success

Feb 3rd, 2012 | By | Category: London News

For over 30 years, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have been pioneers of electronic music, creating anthemic songs such as ‘It’s a Sin’, ‘West End Girls’ and ‘Go West’, which have stood the test of time and have been voted the most popular of the Millennium. Always forward thinking and inventive, they have recently created a new project, which sees the musicians exploring new territory, in a move, which may shock their long-standing fans. Inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, Tennant and Lowe have collaborated with Venezuelan choreographer Javier De Frutos (known for his award-winning work on Cabaret in the West End), to produce a ballet called The Most Incredible Thing.

 

Of course, this isn’t your average Tchaikovsky affair, the ballet is bang up to date, with contemporary choreography and multimedia sets to reflect the modernity of the Pet Shop Boy’s score and to refresh a somewhat staid form of dance, to appeal to the dance duo’s fan base. Tennant and Lowe looked at the traditional, three-act ballet form and noticing a lack of narrative story telling in modern ballet, they set out to tell the story of a Princess, a Kingdom and a contest to create the most incredible thing, so that it is told by bodies in motion and onstage animations, which help to hold the story in place. They have also taken inspiration from Vivaldi and Gustav Holst, citing the Four Seasons and The Planets in the shows’ theme. Unlike traditional story ballets such as Swan Lake and Coppelia, The Most Incredible Thing thunders along at a breath taking pace, to echo the pulsing beats of the Pet Shop Boys’ music. Tennant and Lowe are hoping to attract an eclectic audience of theatergoers, ballet aficionados, Pet Shop Boys’ fans and even kids, as they have branded it a family show.

 

The team have collaborated with many innovative artists to stage their shows or create their videos, including filmmaker Derek Jarman, Sam Taylor Wood and architect Zaha Hadid, to great effect, so undoubtedly this show will add another string to their bow and will be a huge success. The first night has already sold out, which augurs well. The move could even see a different kind of Pet Shop Boy’s style emerge; writing the score was a challenging experience, moving from catchy pop songs to long form music, and Tennant has said that it may have changed the way he writes music. Could these former enfant terribles become the next Bartok, Debussy or Strauss, with this fascinating, hit new show it’s a definite possibility.

 

The Most Incredible Thing runs from 25th March to 7th April 2012 at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, although tickets may sell out fast, so book now to avoid disappointment. There are many great accommodation options in the surrounding area, so you can see the show in style. The Zetter Hotel is a very chic and quirky boutique hotel, offering reasonable rates in nearby Clerkenwell. The Malmaison offers laid-back comfort and style in the Barbican, with a great restaurant and thoughtful in-room amenities. The Lancaster Hotel offers elegant, traditional decor at a low cost and the Thistle City Hotel in the Barbican district offers comfortable rooms and great facilities, including a pool, gym, Jacuzzi and sauna, for a luxurious stay.

Hotels near the Sadlers Wells

 

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