Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Love Gracefully; the Imperial Russian Ballet Is Retelling the Timeless Love Story of Swan Lake, as Nathanael Cooper Reports

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Love Gracefully; the Imperial Russian Ballet Is Retelling the Timeless Love Story of Swan Lake, as Nathanael Cooper Reports

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FOR more than 125 years, people around the world have enjoyed Swan Lake.

Throughout the generations, it has touched the heart of all of who have seen it, and it has gone on to become one of the most performed classical ballets in the world.

From Matthew Bourne's incredible all- male corps de ballet to the more traditional pieces, the story of Odette and Prince Siegfried has been told through dance for over a century and it is still drawing massive crowds today.

Now, Sunshine Coast residents have the opportunity to see this phenomenal piece performed by one of the leading ballet companies in the world.

The Imperial Russian Ballet will bring Swan Lake to The Events Centre at Caloundra on Thursday, and Gediminas Taranda, artistic director of the company, said he was looking forward to bringing a classical interpretation of the ballet to Australia.

"Because we have all these contemporary productions, it is important to restage the classical ones," he said.

"If we only had classical ones, we would get bored of seeing the same thing.

"But now 80% of productions are contemporary, people miss classical ballets and wish to see them.

"We need balance."

So now the masterpiece ballet is presented in three acts and follows the original storyline with the happy ending decreed by Soviet rule in the 1930s during the reign of then Russian leader Stalin.

But Taranda says it wasn't just Stalin who wanted a happy ending for the swan princess and her charming prince.

"That is not because of Stalin, but because I am a very optimistic person," he said.

"I believe that love should end up with light and happiness."

While in other productions Odette is killed or commits suicide, often followed by Siegfried, Coast audiences will be treated to a much more favourable end to the ballet. …

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