sadler’s wells has joined forces with electronic pop legends the pet shop boys and radical choreographer javier de frutos to create a brand new full-length dance work based on hans christian andersen’s story, the most incredible thing, adapted by acclaimed playwright and director matthew dunster.

featuring former royal ballet star ivan putrov, this modern fairytale centres on a contest to produce ‘the most incredible thing’, with a prize of half the kingdom and marriage to the princess at stake. an impressive creative team has been assembled including orchestrator and long-time pet shop boys collaborator sven helbig, tony award-winning designer katrina lindsay (les liaisons dangereuses), and bafta-winning film animator, tal rosner. with a 26-piece orchestra and a talented cast of 16, the most incredible thing is set to be a highlight of 2011’s cultural calendar.

i have to be honest and say i did not quite know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. these kind of ballet pieces sometimes verge on pantomime and more than often it all becomes a laugh. however, this piece had some beautiful scenery, animation, videos and choreography. dancers were absolutely brilliant and the multimedia approach really added more depth to the piece. i was thoroughly entertained!