Like Water for Chocolate

Journey into this captivating family saga, a modern Mexican classic of magical realism.

By In Ballet 1 hour 58 min

's Like Water for Chocolate stars Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambé as the leading lovers, while Alondra de la Parra conducts Joby Talbot's original score.

Tita lives with her family on a ranch in Mexico. She falls in love with a boy, Pedro, who lives nearby, but when they want to marry, family precedent prevents it: Tita must remain unmarried in order to care for her mother. Tita's love for cooking is such that her own emotions are transmitted to others through the food she prepares, and as her moods change in response to events in her life, the consequences for all those around her become ever more startling…

A modern Mexican classic of magic realism provides the basis for 's new full-length work, reuniting Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon with the creative team who transformed Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter's Tale into dance, composer Joby Talbot and designer Bob Crowley.

Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra acts as musical consultant for Talbot's newly commissioned score, with Wheeldon working closely with author Laura Esquivel to reshape her richly layered story as an entertaining and engrossing new ballet.


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