Ballet, music make ‘Lady Lear’ a fresh take on Shakes

By Eli Keel for LEO WEEKLY

August 9, 2017

Kentucky Shakespeare’s parade of excellent community partners culminates this week as it hosts The Louisville Ballet’s “Lady Lear,” an ambitious, new work inspired by “King Lear.”

Last summer, Louisville Ballet teamed with KY Shakes to present choreographer Roger Creel’s “William’s Folly,” a new work based on Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets. The result was excellent, pairing spoken word with movement and an original score by Louisvillian Scott Moore.

Creel and Moore have returned for “Lady Lear,” deepening the artistic collaboration that he and Creel began with William’s “Folly.”

In an interview with LEO, Creel and Moore outlined the changes to the plot, the themes from “Lear” that spoke to them and their collaborative process, all the while demonstrating a connection to the source material that was structural and cerebral, as well as palpably felt.