Monday, 7 March 2016

Northern Ballet's Swan Lake, Leeds Grand Theatre - 5th March 2016

I recently took my niece and her Nan to Northern Ballet's new production, Swan Lake, at the Leeds Grand Theatre.

Photo credit: Emma Kauldhar
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Here are my niece's thoughts on Swan Lake:

"It was beautiful.  The costumes were extremely elegant and the dancing was amazing.  The music set the mood for the perfect show x"

Similar sentiments are echoed with Northern Ballet's new production.  It is refreshing and liberating to base Tchaikovsky's extraordinary musical masterpiece on a modern story where one can relate to the emotions that fates bring.

The story is about Anthony, a young man, who is troubled by a tragedy in the past.  He is confused about how he feels for his best friends, Simon and Odila.  He seeks solace and comfort from Odette, who emerges from the lake as a mystical swan-like creature,

The production proves that Tchaikovsky's music is adaptable for many interpretations whether contemporary or tradition.  Dave Gillan's beautiful staging and Peter Mumford's lighting compliments the story told with excellent interpretation of characters from Jeremy Curnier (Anthony), Ashley Dixon (Simon), Rachael Gillespie (Odila) and Antoinette Brooks-Daw (Odette).  Under the ingenious and creative direction of the legendary David Nixon.

Northern Ballet as always delivers!

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