La Traviata As Dance?

With stage plays being adapted from movies, dance is being adapted from… opera. Ismene Brown isn’t impressed with Northern Ballet’s latest effort. “This is the way the art of ballet will end, with a sentimental whimper, an easy tear in its eye, and not a squeak of true life as theatrical dance. If the novelisation of successful movies is thought a pretty bogus form of literature, how much worse is a balletisation of an opera masterpiece such as Verdi’s La traviata.”