Chantry Dance’s imaginative 2022 production was inspired by the original folktale of La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast), re-imagined for a 21st century family audience.
Long ago the vain Lord Bieth tried to cut down the forest to expand his city. His plan was stipped by the Green Lady and, in a fitting punishment, she turned him into a beast who was compelled to guard the forest against destruction by greedy city folk. Years later, through the gift of a magical rose, the Beast's path crosses with the young maiden Áille who is unlike the other self-absorbed city folk and her beautiful heart may just change the Beast’s life forever.
This engaging show highlights the importance of preserving natural habitats and asks, what is genuine beauty? We learn alongside the Beast that looks count for less than the beauty in your heart, and are encouraged not to base our judgements of someone’s worth on their outward appearance.
Choreography - Paul Chantry & Rae Piper
Story & Design - Rae Piper
Lighting Design - Claire Childs
Composer - Tim Mountain
Dance Director - Gail Gordon
Ballet Mistress - Elizabeth Haslam
Costumier - Emma Darban
"What a wonderful evening watching BEAUTY & THE BEAST- The Guardian of the Forest. Very clever choreography performed beautifully with amazing aerial work."
"Spent last night with Chantry Dance and their mesmerising Beauty and The Beast. First ballet for my oldest kids (10 and 7). They were completely enthralled and came out asking if we could see the next performance too."
“You all never fail to deliver a superb & mesmerising performance each and every time!!”
“We love this production of Beauty and the Beast! Beautiful dancing, skilful story telling and evocative music and we particularly enjoyed the Q&A at the end - a lovely touch! Thank you for a great evening”
“We had a fabulous evening watching Chantry Dance at The New Theatre Royal Lincoln. A beautiful show with excellent performances from all of the dancers. And the usual bonus - an opportunity for a Q&A with the company.”
“A great night out with our BTEC students. A beautiful blend of dance, ballet & circus!”
“It was simply Chantry at your best! Incredible story telling, amazing dancing - just perfection! Thank you for all of your hard work and allowing us to enjoy such joy for one evening.”