Ballet magnifies dancers' performance
A founder member of The Independent David Lister joined the paper in 1986 as Assistant Home Editor. He became the paper's arts correspondent in 1988 and is now Arts Editor and writes a column each Saturday. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Thursday 05 May 1994
The ballet, which is touring the country, is set to an electronic score and uses the five-feet-wide, water-filled lenses, each weighing more than 350kgs, to magnify and sometimes invert the dance. They are made from Makrolon, a clear reinforced plastic that is more commonly used in the manufacture of police riot shields and aircraft cockpits. The dancers wear special leather halters and tutus with eight-inch-wide leather belts and metal handles.
The lenses, suspended above the stage, have to be emptied each evening after the performance and stored in specially designed cases.
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