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Arthur Pita's The Little Match Girl - Patrick Centre Birmingham

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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Magical Dance Adaptation Of Fairytale
One of the most charming, endearing modern dance productions I have seen in recent years was Arthur Pita's wonderful production of The Little Match Girl.

I obviously wasn't the only one who thought this as the show proved so popular, DanceXchange is bringing it back to Birmingham for two performances at The Patrick Centre in Birmingham Hippodrome on November 14.

The Little Match Girl, Arthur Pita, DanceXchange, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham
Arthur Pita's wonderful production of The Little Match Girl returns to Birmingham in November


Celebrated director and choreographer Arthur Pita has recreated Hans Christian Andersen's magical tale The Little Match Girl into an all dancing delight.

What makes this production so charming is that it features very enchanting and playful music - performed live by Frank Moon at the side of the stage - plus a wonderful mix of almost-pantomime characters.

Be warned, as charming as the show is, this story is far from a light-hearted fairytale. The original was about a child's hopes as she dies of hypothermia and this version see the story follows the impoverished life of a poor match girl as she tried to keep warm in frosty conditions.

The Little Match Girl, Arthur Pita, DanceXchange, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham
Wonderful characters feature in The Little Match Girl


Memorable dance routines take place below a large glowing full moon as the young heroine falls foul of rival match sellers and a greedy rich family unimpressed with her begging.

Previous work by famed choreographer Arthur Pita is Ballet Black - A Dream Within A Midsummer Night's Dream and the multi award-winning adaptation of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis.

The Little Match Girl is another of his notable creations that is filled with a magical atmosphere. In the run up to Christmas, this delightful adaptation of a classic fairytale is an uplifting and sentimental gift of a show that children and adults will both enjoy.

The Little Match Girl, Arthur Pita, DanceXchange, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham
All the dance action takes place under a looming moon


The Little Match Girl
Two shows will be performed on Saturday November 14 only at 2pm or 7pm.
The Patrick Centre in Birmingham Hippodrome
Thorp Street, Birmingham
B5 4TB
Tickets cost 12 adults or 8 concessions from the DanceXchange website.

Age guidance: 5
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Why? See a magical dance adaptation of a classic fairytale
When: November 14, 2015
Phone: 0844 338 5000
Where: The Patrick Centre in Birmingham Hippodrome
Cost: 8 - 12
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