The Tempest

Nominated Best Large Scale Dance Production 2012 at the Theatre Critics of Wales Awards.

Award winning company Ballet Cymru present an extraordinary adaptation of ‘The Tempest’.

Shakespeare’s last and most fulfilling play is given a new and utterly fresh awakening as a full length ballet, using the company’s unique blend of classical technique and storytelling.

Ariel, the fleet footed spirit of the air; Caliban, the deformed and twisted slave; Prospero, the talismatic magician; Miranda and Ferdinand the star crossed lovers, all collide in a story rich in subtlety and humour, set on an enchanted Isle and peopled by magical beings.

’The Tempest’ features the hauntingly beautiful music of Jean Sibelius, who wrote the music for a version of the play; choreography by Creative Wales Award winner Darius James, and sets/costumes by Welsh designer Yvonne Greenleaf.

‘It is funny, profound, exciting, and deeply moving at times in a way that perhaps yet another delivery of Shakespeare’s lines would not be. If Sibelius’ majestic interpretations of the themes of The Tempest were the definitive concentration of emotion into sound then its evolution into ballet is that thing again into movement. And here there were moments when the ingenuity of the human form threatened to transcend the things that can come forth from it – i.e. both words and music’.
Gary Raymond Wales Arts Review

‘I’ve never seen Shakespeare performed as a ballet before and I loved it so much. The dancers imparted such expression and emotion, as well as awesome technique. The choreography was imaginative and tailored to each character’s personality to great effect. It was a feast.’
Val Howells, Soprano

The dance is mature, elegant, sophisticated, refreshing; and dazzlingly alive. A few minutes with Ballet Cymru lifts the spirits.
Roderic Dunnett


Based on the play by William Shakespeare
Music by Jean Sibelius
Choreography by Darius James, assisted by Amy Doughty and the Dancers of the Company
Costumes/Sets by Yvonne Greenleaf
Video Design by Darius James

A Ballet Cymru, Riverfront Theatre co-production