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Performance Review: Peter Pan

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Performance Review: Peter Pan

I wasn’t able to go see a performance in person, seeing as I am a very poor college kid and tickets cost money. But the Internet is a vast and bountiful resource of knowledge and with my expert computer skills, I was able to track down a full video performance of “Peter Pan”. (Ok, I just searched it on YouTube.) The ballet was put on by the Milwaukee Ballet and taped and performed at the Marcus Center for the Arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

It isn’t a very traditional ballet. Sure there are the familiar dance movements and there isn’t any singing involved, but the whole show is very story driven. Unlike a conventional ballet made up of long (solo or company) dances tied loosely together with a story, “Peter Pan” is a story that just happens to be told with movement. Each dancer is less of a Capitol “D” Dancer and more of an actor, with a deep character portrayed by non-dancing body language more than actual dancing. The entire thing becomes this crazy mix of part classical dance, part pantomime and part Broadway show, which blends together seamlessly. And for the life of me, I can’t figure out how they did it so well.

Then there’s the stage itself. It’s an absolutely gigantic space, with elaborate sets and a thousand moving pieces. Jam-packed with props and set pieces that are there to be used, not just seen, it becomes a silent play. The forest is turned around to reveal The Hideout, which in turn becomes part of the pirate ship. Every space is used, not a square inch spared. There is a live orchestra sat in a pit, which at one point becomes part of the performance itself. The ticking crocodile weaves its way through the musicians, all still playing away, terrifying Captain Hook. Once again wasting no possible performing space. Being based on a children’s story it’s shown in bright colors, Tinkerbelle herself is covered in twinkling fairy lights. The Indian Braves get feathers and costumes of the brightest primary hues. Not everything is in Technicolor, mind you. Peter and the Lost Boys are dressed in varying forest green and brown, their hideout portrayed similarly. And the darker moments of the show are colored darker to reflect it, dark blue lights as Tinkerbelle dies or deep red as Peter and Hook battle.

All the dancing is amazingly choreographed and while all the dancers are performing at the same time, you can still see movement


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