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Dancing with joy.

Byline: MALCOLM HANDLEY

EURIPIDES' classic Greek tragedy The Bacchae is a most compelling and dark piece of stage drama full of mystery and magic with the dreadful force of inevitable tragedy.

Now, more than two centuries since the play was first written, a new production unleashes all the power of the drama. It gives to the followers of the god Dionysus - The Bacchae themselves - reign to explore Mark Bruce's innovative new choreography featuring Charlotte Broom, who was educated in Wirral and trained for dance at Hammond School, Chester.

After Hammond, Charlotte created numerous starring roles for Northern Ballet Theatre, including Cinderella, Giselle and the ground-breaking Carmen, many which toured throughout the UK and around the world. She then left Britain for a successful spell with Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm and, since returning to the UK, featured in a number of tours recently with the Royal Opera House Ballet.

The Bacchae, which is at Manchester's Royal Exchange this month, offers Charlotte a rare opportunity to spend time with her family in North Wales.

"Being based in London and travelling so much I do not get home as often as I would like but throughout these rehearsals I have been able spent some quality time at home with my father and sister. We have often spoken of our many holidays in Llangollen and Betws-y-Coed where we visited when we were youngsters.

"Those times were filled with fun and such good memories we have now begun to plan a family get-together in Snowdonia, very soon.

"We want to go back to all the places we remember and re-live some of the memories. This will be a trip we are all looking forward to."

The Royal Exchange's The Bacchae is creating high interest but after this new challenges face Charlotte.

"The next dance is something I am also really looking forward to. In spring I am working with Sadler's Wells on a new ballet with music written by The Pet Shop Boys for and choreographed by Javier De Frutos. The Most Incredible Thing is based on a Hans Christen Andersen story.

"I have wanted to work with Javier for a long time and with the Pet Shop Boys writing the original score for a full length ballet for the first time ever it promises to be something special. We have a short season at Sadler's Wells in March before going on tour."

TICKETSThe Bacchae, The Royal Exchange, Manchester, until December 4, royalexchange.org.uk

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Charlotte Broom (inset, and third from left as a Follower Of Dionysus in The Bacchae)
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Nov 19, 2010
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