Not seen in the UK since 2008, this is a company who in
recent years have nailed a reputation for stylish, quirky updates on classical
In bringing two of their most successful works of the last
15 years, artistic director David Macallister is going for maximum impact. We
recommend you book for them both!
It’s risky to update a ballet so embedded in tradition, but
Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake has earned
consistently enthusiastic applause since its premiere in 2002.
Loosely, and never explicitly, based on the love triangle
between Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, it’s a
bitingly realistic work.
Odette has long been suspicious of Prince Siegfried’s
relationship with the commanding Baroness Rothbart, but not until her wedding
day does she uncover the depth of the affair. A brutal fall from grace ensues,
until Odette is finally committed to a lunatic asylum, where she finds some
solace in a frozen world of floating, ethereal white birds.
Those who love the classicism of the original might be
disappointed by this more realist take, and the reordering of Tchaikovsky’s
score (performed by the ENO Orchestra). But Odette’s famous fouetté turns
are still in evidence, and Kristian Fredrikson’s set is perfect foil for
Murphy’s modern drama.
Alexei Ratmanksy’s Cinderella clings closer to fairytale
than the Swan Lake update, instead
taking its liberties with raucous humour and unforgettable designs and costume by
That a man should recognise his love by her shoe size is
innately ridiculous, and Ratmanksy plays up to the improbable tale with quirky
steps. But there’s magic too, as a cast of planets guide Cinderella to her
The result is roguish rather than avant garde. Ratmanksy,
regarded by many as one of the best living choreographers, knows how to please
the audience as well as the critics. The step-sisters and maniacal stepmother
remain suitably panto, foiling Cinderella’s dreams in bulbous skirts, kneehigh
socks and beehive hair.
Modern, clever and visually breathtaking, expect this
Australian Ballet appearance to be a highlight amongst the ballet shows in London this summer.
Sponsored by Raymond Gubbay for Australian Ballet
|What||Australian Ballet in London, Coliseum|
|Where||London Coliseum, WC2N 4ES | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
13 Jul 16 – 16 Jul 16, Swan Lake: also at 2pm on the 14th and 16th
20 Jul 16 – 23 Jul 16, Cinderella: also at 2pm on the 21st and 23rd
|Website||Click here to book via the ENO website|