“Belle Redux: A Tale of Beauty and the Beast” is Ballet Austin artistic director Stephen Mills newest creation, a dark, contemporary and passionate version of take on the romantic fairy tale.
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Mills tapped two Austin-based artistic collaborators with whom he has worked before: composer Graham Reynolds and designer Michael Raiford.
For the set design, Raiford channeled the shadow-filled surreal visuals of Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film “La Bell et la Bête.”
Two LED screens will be used for film segments that will augment the stark stage, which is framed by graffiti-covered scrims.
For costumes, Mills and Raiford drew inspiration from the fantastical forms and urban edginess of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen, with a neutral color scheme offset by splashes of red.
Reynolds’ score combines two different musical palettes: one inspired by a traditional string orchestra-heavy movie soundtrack sound, the other using sounds created in digital composing software, including electronic noises and effects, looping sequences, and heavily distorted electric guitar tracks.
Music for the ballet “Belle Redux: A Tale of Beauty and the Beast,” by Graham Reynolds
Scene Eleven: “Rose Garden”
Scene Four: “Father takes Flight”
Scene Six: “The Beast”