Sadler's Wells' production of The Most Incredible Thing premiered last week to a broad range of critical response. The full length ballet was adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's story of the same name and includes a musical score by the Pet Shop Boys and choreography by Olivier Award-winner Javier De Frutos.
The show has been over four years in the making and is already tipped for a return later this year.
Here is what some of the critics had to say about the show.
"I defy anyone to be bored by this phantasmagorical new collaboration between the Pet Shop Boys and Jarvier De Frutos" Mark Monahan, Daily Telegraph.
"While the story is gripping The Most Incredible Thing itself lacks magic." Triona Adams, Whatsonstage.com.
"The 17-strong dance cast is excellent, and de Frutos' expressionistic choreography has a knowing edge … It's all some distance from the world conjured by Andersen, however, and those hoping for enchantment will be disappointed.” Luke Jennings, Observer.
"Sometimes things just don't work." Zoë Anderson, Independent.
"The Most Incredible Thing is a big, shiny fairytale pop-ballet with a strong musical pulse, a potent visual sophistication and precious little emotional pay-off." Donald Hutera, The Times
"More like a pop concert, actually, than a ballet.” Judith Mackrell, Guardian
[posted by Conan, 31/3/2011]