why isn’t jane austen’s “pride and prejudice” a ballet?

it should be! it’s a lovely romantic story with a lot of great characters and the sets and costumes could be so amazingly beautiful. just think…..

the costumes! flowing empire waist dresses in creams and pastels with assorted ribbons and lace, dreamy ballgowns, floral hair pieces. of course something would have to be done about the men’s impossibly high collared suits, but certainly something handsome could be attained. and there are soldiers! so bring on the military attire.

the sets would have to be stunning because hey, we’re in rich people’s homes in early 19th century england, how could they not be? candelabras and regency era furniture, bits of embroidery and lace… a scene or two in the english countryside…. maybe even throw in a few fluffy little sheep or a horse.

but most importantly, the dancing. of course there would be a few romantic pas de duex for elizabeth and mr. darcy, as well as jane and bingley, and perhaps even some dances for the four of them together. someone is always throwing a party so there would be plenty of lively dancing for the corps. and it doesn’t have to be boring court dances – surely the corps de ballet could get some engaging choreography here. as there are a few humorous characters (mrs. bennet, the silly sisters, mr. collins and the formidable lady catherine de bourgh)  there would be some light comedic scenes, and have i mentioned there are soldiers? well, there are, which of course is a good excuse for the men to show off a little bit. finally the whole thing ends with a wedding, which seems to work well when it comes to ending full length story ballets. (altho pride and prejudice ends in a double wedding, which doesn’t quite fit the mold, but that shouldn’t really be a problem).

well, i’d love to cast it but i’m going to leave the score and choreographer for someone else to figure out (tho i’d love to have the power of rejection, as i’d want it to be super classical.) sooo……c’mon! let’s get on this, people ; )


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10 Responses to why isn’t jane austen’s “pride and prejudice” a ballet?

  1. RO says:

    Ohhhhh I could see it happening already! I love Pride and Prejudice 🙂

  2. That’s a great idea. You should conceive it!

  3. Jenn says:

    Get to it, Robin! I’d come see your ballet… already compiling a dream cast in my mind 🙂

  4. xballerina says:

    Right on! Fantastic idea! Probably the reason is that big ballet companies want to draw the families when they spend money on a big story ballet. You know, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty…gag. I mean, there are some great versions, but they’ve been done SO many times. If either of us wins the lottery, I am game:))

  5. Lindsay Cox says:

    Just left a message on the Royal Opera Site to exactly the same effect. There is already a jazz ballet version but hey!

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