LOVE STORY: Kirk Peterson’s interpretation of the classic, 1740 French story “Beauty and the Beast” will be performed at the State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, accompanied by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, on Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m. Peterson, left, shapes a scene with lead dancers Journy Wilkes-Davis as the Beast, and Nanako Yamamoto as Belle.
By Anne Levin
Kirk Peterson first got the idea for a ballet of the 1740 French story Beauty and the Beast five years ago, when he saw the 1946 French film of the same title by Jean Cocteau. The resident choreographer of American Repertory Ballet, Peterson has created a full-length work that gives a nod to the film while gaining inspiration from the works of 19th century choreographer Marius Petipa, creator of Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and other well known classics.
Beauty and the Beast is on stage Friday, May 10 at the State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, accompanied by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Nell Flanders. The music is by Tchaikovsky. The ballet tells the story of a handsome prince who falls under the spell of an enchantress and is transformed into a hideous beast. He remains a beast until he finds love with Belle, who sees the beauty inside of him. The spell is then lifted. more