New Theatre, Cardiff
Fri 16 + Sat 17 Aug
Directed by Janet Lewis MBE, the English Youth Ballet will be bringing their production of Swan Lake to the New Theatre this month. Swan Lake is, of course, one of the most famous ballets around, with the English Youth Ballet providing young dancers outside of London a chance to perform and hone their craft whilst entertaining the audience. The production is a fairly traditional version of Swan Lake, with a particular focus on the conflict between the sinful, seductive Black Swan Odile and the innocent but vulnerable White Swan Odette.
With the classic Tchaikovsky score retained, this rendition gives the audience a chance to see the ballet in a new light, featuring young dancers telling the story in a traditional setting. It’s a timeless but tragic story featuring romance, tragedy and magic.
The contrasting elements of this performance means there’s a chance to see many of the ballet’s most famous elements, including the iconic Lakeside scene and the Tsar’s Palace Gardens in act three. Split into four acts – Main Theme, Valse de Cygnes, Pas de deux and the Final Act – expect a fairytale story of good against evil with exquisite dancing from its coterie of young talents.
Tickets: £12.50-£24.50. Info: 029 2087 8889 / newtheatrecardiff.co.uk
Words: Georgia Roberts