Magazine article Musical Opinion

English National Ballet's Swan Lake

Magazine article Musical Opinion

English National Ballet's Swan Lake

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English National Ballet ended their season at the London Coliseum with Swan Lake which I saw on 8 January. This is the version which Derek Deane mounted when he was still artistic director, and which he based on Petipa's ballet with additions by Frederick Ashton.

There are times when a performance is elevated to another level by the quality of the performers, in this case with the commitment and interpretation of Thomas Edur as Seigfried and Agnes Oaks as Odette/Odile. This husband and wife team who have been performing together since they were at ballet school, have a sensitivity and an understanding of each other which means that the ardour being expressed is believable. He is the troubled Prince directed by his mother to marry, and who instead finds love with the swan Princess. She has been trapped by the wicked von Rothbart and turned into a swan and can only be released by true love.

The trick which is played by von Rothbart in bringing his daughter Odile to the court and disguising her as Odette is the test of the ballerina's ability to interpret the role. …

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