Houston Ballet’s American Première of Aladdin

Photo by Amitava Sarkar
British choreographer David Bintley created Aladdin for the New National Ballet of Japan in 2008.  Set to a score by the renowned film composer Carl Davis, the ballet has all the elements traditionally associated with the story of the boy who finds a magic lamp.  David Bintley talks with Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn about the first of his works to enter the Houston Ballet repertoire.
 

The inspiration for David Bintley’s Aladdin was not the Disney animated movie, or even the traditional British pantomime, but rather the tale contained in the epic story collection One Thousand and One Nights, or The Arabian Nights.  As Aladdin and his mother are Chinese immigrants living in “Araby,” Bintley introduced elements of Chinese dance into the work alongside more traditional classical ballet movement.

After the premiere of the work in Houston, Houston Ballet will perform Aladdin on tour in Chicago at The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University March 22-23, 2013.

Aladdin is onstage in the Wortham Center’s Brown Theatre through March 2nd.  For more information visit Houston Ballet online.