Interview: balletLORENT's Liv Lorent discusses new family-friendly production Rapunzel
Collaborators include Carol Ann Duffy and creatives from Game of Thrones and Doctor Who
Despite the often brutal content in the original texts, fairytales aren’t known for their adult appeal. But why restrict them to bedtime stories and Disney films, when tales such as those written by the Brothers Grimm have so much to say about life? Re-visiting a book from childhood, choreographer Liv Lorent discovered that Rapunzel, in particular, had previously unexplored layers. Inspired by ‘the acute, all-encompassing desire to have a child’, which both Rapunzel’s parents and the witch feel, Lorent has created a brand new version of the fairytale classic aimed at everyone.
‘So many people come to see Rapunzel who don’t have children and I totally get that,’ says Lorent. ‘They come because they love the story, the collaborators and want to switch off, escape and just get enraptured in another world.’ Ah yes, the collaborators. Well they’re none too shabby. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has written the narration, Doctor Who composer Murray Gold created the score, and double Emmy Award-winning costume designer Michele Clapton (Game of Thrones) made the outfits.
In short, balletLORENT has pulled out all the stops to create a production that speaks to both adults and children, fusing an emotive storyline with visual treats such as a high iron tower, knotty hair that keeps on growing, and a prince on a scooter. ‘I love the abundance and richness that the collaborators have given Rapunzel,’ says Lorent. ‘None of the design is just decorative, it’s there profoundly as part of the story. And it motivates the choreography as well, asking a lot of athleticism and bravery from the dancers.’
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Fri 19 & Sat 20 Sep.