Deane’s captivating Lake is known for its enduring image of well-drilled, tutu-clad corps de ballet swan maidens serenely gliding across the stage in perfect unison. These lyrical swans poetically frame a central couple – the leading man who dances as Prince Siegfried and a ballerina in the dual role of Odette/Odile.
In Deane’s Swan Lake, a prologue reveals how Princess Odette came to be in the clutches of the evil sorcerer Rothbart (ENB drops the germanic Von from his name).
As the story of enchantment and escape develops, we see the handsome Prince Siegfried encounter Odette by a moonlit lake. Now Queen of the Swans, Odette explains that Rothbart’s wicked spell means she can only appear as a woman between midnight and dawn. The spell is everlasting – unless a man promises to love her and be faithful.
Smitten, Siegfried vows to do so. Unfortunately, he has not reckoned on the impending arrival of Rothbart’s duplicitous daughter, Odile, who is disguised to look just like Odette…
The Odette/Odile role is the great double act of classical ballet, giving a ballerina the opportunity to play two contrasting characters.
English National Ballet boasts a strong selection of principal dancers to choose from. Furthermore, the programme notes from past runs of this production document that many of them have been inspired by former Swan Lake principals.
Whoever happens to be cast for the performance you see, we are sure Odette’s discreet delicacy and Odile’s flashy fouettés will be danced with assurance.
Swan Lake marries a timeless tale with dreamy dancing and is set to Tchaikovsky’s superb score, which is played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.
|What||English National Ballet, Swan Lake, Coliseum|
|Where||London Coliseum, WC2N 4ES | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Charing Cross (underground)|
03 Jan 19 – 13 Jan 19, 19:30 mats Sat, Sun, Thu 14:30 except Sun 13 at 14:00. No performance Mondays. Dur.: 2 hours 50 mins incl two intervals
|Website||Click here to book via the Coliseum|