Theatre News: Socially distant tutus allow ballet to return


Acclaimed Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta has this week been able to return to the stage with the Birmingham Royal Ballet company to perform Lazuli Sky thanks to some socially distanced costumes and strategic social bubbles.

Lazuli Sky is the first one-act ballet commissioned and presented by Acosta as Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet. The production is a collaboration between Acosta, award-winning choreographer Will Tuckett and designer Samuel Wyer. It is described as an “outward looking, hopeful and regenerative ballet” inspired by ideas of social distancing.

The extra-wide tutus have two-metre trains and form part of the set, with images projected onto the skirts during the performance. Acosta said the tutus – which are worn by both male and female performers – are “great in terms of aesthetic and a record of the time we live in.” The company has also formed workplace bubbles for those performers who are not able to adhere to social distancing while they are on stage.

The company performed the world premiere of Lazuli Sky at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre to a socially distanced sold-out live audience on the 22nd October. It will run until the 31st October before being available to watch online from the 1st November.

Words by Talya Honebeek.

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