In creating The Cunning Little Vixen, he said that he used the same creative process as he does with the company, encouraging the dancers to try things and to extend their reach. ‘You have to make it real and then you can have fun with it.’
Malvina was nervous at the thought of working with such a famous person ‘but after a while I got used to it and thought it was only fun.’ On stage it is certainly fun as the stage is alive with woodland characters.
Apart from the foxes there are rabbits, chickens, butterflies, badgers and bumble bees all imaginatively costumed by Scarlett himself. There is exciting make-up, furry headdress and fluffy tails.
Scarlett has given each character a very specific style of movement. The butterflies are delicate and graceful, dancing in neat corps de ballet lines, the chickens are a scatty flock that comes to a sad end when they meet up with the fox and feather fly – well they do in the clever video that accompanies the scene.
Daichi Ikarashi as the Frog, dressed all in green with huge goggle eyes, leaps with abandon, while the Dog is a rather macho male, that is until Sharp-ears puts him in his place. She is certainly not a lady to be messed with.