Bewitchingly good... Pickett and her artistic collaborator, the actor and director James Bonas, waste no time, grabbing us from the get go... Scottish Ballet has a hit on its hands.
Hats off to James Bonas for the flair and energy of his staging, which radiated visual imagination.
James Bonas is a traditional storyteller for the modern era, combining imagination and intellect with a curiosity for technology and new forms, whether directing classical or contemporary theatre, opera, or dance. His most recent work in opera includes the French premiere of Abrahamsen’s Snow Queen for Opéra national du Rhin – winner of the French Critics Best Scenic Elements/Scenography award 2022 - and Jonathan Dove’s Flight for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In Spring 2023 he makes his German debut with Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos at Theater Magdeburg.
Bonas also works internationally in dance and collaborates regularly with choreographers including Helen Pickett and Sophie Laplane. With Helen Pickett he created an award-winning narrative ballet - The Crucible - for Scottish Ballet, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival 2019, with further runs at Sadler’s Wells London, the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC and Nashville, Tennessee. With Sophie Laplane he created the celebrated short film Dive, also for Scottish Ballet, which has been featured in dance film festivals worldwide, including the 2021 Venice Biennale.
An advocate for multi-disciplinary performance, Bonas collaborated with Damon Albarn on the creation of Le Vol du Boli, an exploration of the complex and often brutal relations between Europe and West Africa, at the Théâtre du Châtelet. Appearing regularly at the BBC Proms, in 2022 he collaborates with Anthony Roth-Costanzo and ENO on Glass Handel at the Printworks in London.
- Hans Abrahamsen: The Snow Queen (Trailer)
- Interview with Grégoire Pont & James Bonas - Hans Abrahamsen's The Snow Queen
- Le Vol Du Boli, Théâtre Du Châtelet, 2020
- Carl Orff: Der Mond
- Ravel: L'heure espagnole, France3 TV News, Opéra de Lyon 2018
- Ravel: L'Heure espagnole (trailer), Opéra de Lyon, 2018
- Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, 2017
- Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel, Bergen National Opera 2017
- Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges - feature from France3 TV, 2017
- Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges
- Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges, Opéra de Lyon, 2016
- Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann
News and Articles
French critics award three MA artists27 June 2022
Maestro Arts at the BBC Proms26 April 2022
Wise words from 20213 December 2021
The alchemists25 August 2021
James Bonas and Topi Lehtipuu form innovative production company21 June 2021
Space and time15 June 2020
The season is in full swing.........7 November 2019
Triumph at Edinburgh International Festival for The Crucible16 August 2019
Summer News11 July 2019
'L'étoile' - a new production staged by James Bonas5 April 2019
Discover Maestro Arts' Project Portfolio4 March 2019
James Bonas between Glasgow and Lyon1 February 2019
L'Heure espagnole - Opéra de Lyon23 November 2018
NewsletterMaestro Arts welcomes ..... 27 June 2018
James Bonas directs 'West Side Story' with RNCM Young Company2 March 2018
James Bonas debut in Norway with Hansel & Gretel for Bergen National Opera14 November 2017
L'enfant triumphs in LyonGrégoire Pont, James Bonas 3 November 2016
A fun and feisty trip through the woods with Hansel and Gretel in Seattle18 October 2016