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Jack Sullivan
American Record Guide, November 2017

It’s refreshing to see the work as a ballet. Frederico Bonelli is a marvelous dancer and an exuberant, frantic Victor Frankenstein. Steven McCrae as the creature is compellingly childlike and pathetic in his attempts to be human and be accepted. His dance of death with Elizabeth before he murders her is the scariest moment and conveys genuine tragedy. All of the dancers are terrific, and they never forget that they must also be convincing actors, especially in a piece where there is so much (perhaps too much) exposition. The sets are stark and uncluttered. This is an unusual and worthy addition to the seemingly endless Frankenstein mythos. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Heather Bray
Dance International, August 2017

Frankenstein is still a gripping experience, even on DVD. John Macfarlane’s period designs are splendidly realized, especially the anatomy theatre, which could have come straight out of Hammer Horror films, complete with jars of body parts and a galvanization scene packed with flashes, sparks and whirring contraptions. Lowell Liebermann’s commissioned score rises to the occasion when required, and there are some fantastically creepy moments; I almost jumped out of my skin when the Creature first stirred into life. Scarlett delivers some beautiful pas de deux for Victor and Elizabeth (Federico Bonelli and Laura Morera), but the star of the show is Steven McRae’s Creature—pathetic, terrifying, touching and menacing by turns; his outstanding performance gives the ballet its full emotional impact. © 2017 Dance International




John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, March 2017

I actually enjoyed this new ballet version of the Frankenstein story, and pretty much understood all the movements on the screen, which is unusual for a modern ballet. …The music is tonal and quite appropriate to the story. The monster himself becomes a fulltime dancer in the second half and is rather good. The sets and costumes are excellent and the video is as good as a Blu-ray. © 2017 Audiophile Audition





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