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The Orpheus Suite
An introduction to Ellington
David Bintley discusses the appeal of the jazz legend
Read about the legend of Orpheus
Read reviews of previous performances
Journalist Duncan Heining talks to the big band leader and composer of The Orpheus Suite
David Bintley on the attraction of jazz
The creator of Take Five talks about his love of jazz
See shots from the Company studios
An overview of the ballet
Read quotes from reviews of previous performances
Meet the characters portrayed in the ballet
Geoffrey Smith looks at Duke Ellington's relationship with dance
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
Hamlet | Petruchio and Kate, a shrew | Richard III and Lady Anne | Macbeth and Lady Macbeth | Bottom and Titania | Othello and Desdemona | Romeo and Juliet
Two strong acting roles once again, Lady Macbeth is arguably the greatest foil for her male counterpart of all the couples in the whole ballet.
Having murdered and betrayed in order to maintain power, the couple are intrinsically linked to one another, each the other's sole confidant and confessor. With her husband's mental state slowly unravelling due to the fear of their crimes being exposed, Lady Macbeth finds herself continually having to sooth his paranoia while maintaining his trust.
With he the holder of the position of power, and she merely his wife with no individual authority of her own, Lady Macbeth's lifestyle is as reliant on him and his sanity is reliant on her reassurance. As such, the couple are intrinsically bonded together, neither capable of survival independently.
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