Ballet casts its spell on children very early on. Yet parents often wonder whether a typical four-act, three-hour Swan Lake running late into the evening really is the appropriate treat for the little ones.
Mindful of that, English National Ballet (ENB) in association with English National Ballet School have devised a series of special adaptations of the classics with the little ones in mind.
This year Swan Lake returns: bewitched Swan Princess, evil sorcerer, besotted Prince Siegfried, massed ranks of white tutu-ed swans… and all within in one hour.
This year's version of My First Ballet: Swan Lake was choreographed by ENB's Ballet Master, Antonio Castilla. His approach focuses on the Swan Princess, Odile, following her journey through love to forgiveness
Bearing in mind the need to make the work accessible to very young children, a narrator has been introduced, who picks out the mime and some important story elements.
This is not just My First Swan Lake for the audience though. The dancers, 17-19-years-old second-year students from English National Ballet School, get their first opportunity to dance this great classic.
There is a happy ending. Rather than plunge together into the lake to die, having been unable to defeat the powerful magic of the evil von Rothbart, Odette and her Prince live happily ever after.
So, do take the children to this very special Easter treat. Castilla has, of course, kept the delightful Tchaikovsky score, the white tutus, the dashing prince and the magic of the fairy tale, but made it child-friendly.
All with your little ones in mind!
Age Guidance: 3+
|What||My First Ballet - Swan Lake|
|Where||Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Holborn (underground)|
29 Mar 18 – 07 Apr 18, 10:30 There is a range of starting times from 10:30 to 19:00 Dur.: 1hour and 30 minutes incl. one interval
|Website||click here to book via the Sadler's Wells website|