Saturday, 17 January 2015

English National Ballet's Swan Lake, London Coliseum

Swan Lake is my favourite ballet and I've had the privilege seeing a number of different productions by Northern Ballet, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, English National Ballet and so on.  I've seen a number of productions by English National Ballet and still I'm just as excited seeing their newer productions as much as the previous ones! This production has visited three UK cities and I was so glad to have caught it at the London Coliseum.  Swan Lake in The Round was my last English National Ballet production I saw in 2013.

English National Ballet's Swan
Photo Credit: English National Ballet 

English National Ballet's Swan Lake is playing at the Coliseum until 18th January 2015.  Choreographed by a team of choreographers including Derek Deane and Frederick AshtonTchaikovsky's Swan Lake never fails to amaze and move one emotionally with its story and music interpretation! Ivan Vasliev and Alina Cojocaru, leading artists, starred as Prince Siegfried and Odette/Odile respectively in this performance.  Their incredible and intricate pas de deux(s) don't appear unoticed especially during the introductory Act II and the fateful Act IV.

The swans themselves dance in unison and beautifully particularly in Act II's Dance of the Swans.  The exquisite dancing is supported by Peter Farmer's stunning sets and Howard Harrison's lighting certainly reflect the story's characters and mood.

Cultures are represented and serenaded with dance in Act III's royal ceremony which suggest the political empires and monarch that reigned in Tchaikovsky's time.  One appreciates the diverse music representing these empires' and countries' cultures.  

Swan Lake whether the interpretation is classical or contemporary always capture everyone's heart with the prince's love for a swan queen and their fateful journeys ahead of them.  An amazing production all around!

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