Choreographer Peter Schaufuss Says Diana the Princess is Celebration, Not Satire

Classic Arts News   Choreographer Peter Schaufuss Says Diana the Princess is Celebration, Not Satire
A ballet about Diana, Princess of Wales, will open in the U.K. next month.

Diana the Princess opens March 8 at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, and runs through March 12.

Danish choreographer Peter Schaufuss, a former dancer with the London Festival Ballet and former director of the English National Ballet, created the work a year and half ago for his own company, Peter Schaufuss Ballet.

According to the London Guardian, and the choreographer's own web site, the work is entirely in earnest—a celebration, not a parody—although he admits that there a level of caricature to some of the performances.

For example, in a pas de deux between the Prince of Wales and his fianc_e, Camilla Parker Bowles, to The Cure's "Love Song," Parker Bowles is portrayed as a dominatrix in riding gear.

Schaufuss is aware that he is suspected of irreverence. He told the Guardian, "I am very well aware that there will be people that ask those questions and think that. My only answer is to go and see the show. I hope they will feel what I have done is genuine."

In addition to other songs by The Cure, Schaufuss has used music by Elgar, including excerpts from his Enigma Variations; recordings of Diana's BBC interview with Martin Bashir; the eulogy given at Diana's funeral by her brother, Earl Spencer; and the speech by Tony Blair in which he called her the "people's princess."

The role of Diana will be played by Schaufuss' wife, the dancer Zara Deakin. Their son, Luke, will play Prince William.

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