Review:, Snow White, Vienna Festival Ballet, Burnley Mechanics

“I don’t want to come back to earth” ... that was the comment of my friend as we left the Mechanics on Sunday teatime after watching a stunning performance of “Snow White” by the Vienna Festival Ballet.

And I couldn’t agree more.

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It was an enchanting performance that transported a near capacity audience from the damp streets of East Lancashire to a fairytale world.

Technically superb, performed with grace and elegance, it was a magical production, incorporating all the essential elements of the Grimm Brothers’ fairytale: an enchanted mirror, a shiny red apple, a beautiful girl, Prince Charming and, of course, dwarfs.

And it was the dwarfs, for me, who stole the show with their balletic antics. The choreography in this section of the performance was outstanding, with the dwarfs’ capers and antics provoking plenty of laughs from the audience.

As you come to expect with this accomplished and highly professional company, the Vienna Festival Ballet, whose artistic director is Peter Mallek, the backdrops and costumes were elaborate and eye-catching. The mirror scenes was performed especially well.

A truly spell-binding show!

Sally Dahmke