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Beauty and the Beast

  • Des Moines Performing Arts
  • Address: Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • March 28, 2017
  • 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Price: TBA

Malandain Ballet Biarritz

The rich and complex symbolism of this tale known by all will be a rich source of inspiration for Thierry Malandain’s Beauty and the Beast.

“It is the most symbolic of all fairy tales, after Cinderella, and the most satisfying” (study by I. and P. Opie). The tale abounds in lessons, opening the way to a multiplicity of interpretations.

It can be considered as a moral pleading about exclusion, difference, respect of others, and goes far beyond the simple love story between two people opposed in everything.

Heavy with sexual undertones, this tale is the initiatory journey of a young girl confronted to ordeals to resolve the irreducible duality of beings, through the harmonious reconciliation of multiple dichotomies: beauty/ugliness and by extension body/mind, masculine/feminine, and also light/dark, solar/lunar…

The fairytale is also popular because it questions the bases of society with the staging of Christian moral values, from capital sins (symbolized by Belle’s sisters) to moral virtues.

Beauty and the Beast