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The dance of romance.

Byline: By JENNY LONGHURST South Wales Echo

Get your hankies at the ready when Northern Ballet Theatre brings the tragic La Traviata to The New Theatre next week. One of the greatest love stories in opera, it's been translated into dance by South African choreographer Veronica Paeper and is perfect for NBT performers and their dramatic storytelling skills.

Inspired by Alexandre Dumas' The Lady Of The Camellias, La Traviata tells of the romance between the consumptive courtesan Marguerite and the nobleman Armand.

But their love is doomed because of his social class and the fact she's been a bit of a girl in the past.

'I fell in love with the story when I was very young,' said Veronica. 'It's very sad and I always like a good weep but it has lots of light, bright moments too with plenty of classical dancing.'

There's lots of scope for colour with humorous takes on petty jealousies and outrage in the bordello scenes but take a big hanky for the death-bed scene.

Those who love the opera will be familiar with Verdi's music which has been specially arranged for this production by John Longstaff.

Veronica feels particularly at home collaborating with NBT.

'Getting some dancers to emote is like getting blood out of a stone,' she revealed, 'but NBT dancers do it quite naturally.'

La Traviata is at the New Theatre from May 24 until 28. Tickets, priced from pounds 8 to pounds 23.50, are available from the box office. Call 029 2087 8889
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 13, 2005
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