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ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE: SWAN LAKE – A GLORIOUS NEW PRODUCTION

This is a glorious new production, the first new version of SWAN LAKE for 30 years for the Royal Ballet, replacing the 1987 Antony Dowell/ Yolanda Sonnabend production.  It is visually spectacular and magnificently danced – an enthralling, gripping production by Liam Scarlett that transfers wonderfully from stage to screen .

The Royal Ballet’s new production sticks to the traditional story of this much loved ballet classic with its central themes of love and betrayal: of Prince Siegfried falling in love with Odette, a Princess transformed into a swan by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart, before being tricked into swearing to marry Rothbart’s daughter, Odile.

Like most productions today, it also reverentially references the Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s 1895 version.  But that 1895 version has been reworked and reconstructed in many different ways, so much so that any idea of complete authenticity to the ‘original’ are  rather immaterial. The expected ‘set pieces’ ( eg the Black Swan pas de deux) have been retained. Here, the lakeside Act 2 has mostly been left untouched, while Acts I and IV have been deftly reworked with a new waltz for Act 1 and three new national dances in Act 3 where Ashton’s Neapolitan dance has been kept.  Continue reading ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE: SWAN LAKE – A GLORIOUS NEW PRODUCTION

The Royal Ballet: Manon

Federico Bonelli and Marianela Nunez in MANON. Pics by Alice Pennefather
Federico Bonelli and Marianela Nunez in MANON. Pics by Alice Pennefather

I  have just been privileged to see a stunning, lavish and opulent production by the Royal Ballet of Sir Kenneth Macmillan’s masterpiece MANON. McMillan’s work was photographed with plenty of close ups so you feel as if you are almost on stage with the Company.

This is the 40th anniversary year for this ballet and quite a few companies around the world have included it in their 2014 subscription program, including the Australian Ballet earlier in the year.

MANON tells a cautionary tale of love, greed and corruption, a major three act work requiring a huge cast and the Royal Ballet,  the Company with which it was originally created, did itself proud. Continue reading The Royal Ballet: Manon