English Youth Ballet’s Swan Lake is a traditional production but with particular emphasis on the rivalry between the seductive evil Black Swan Odile and the Beautiful but vulnerable White Swan Odette, as they compete for the affections of the Prince. Set in Russia at a time when the Mariinsky Ballet was popular with the Tsar and the Russian nobility, Baron von Rothbart, Director of the Russian Ballet schemes to secure the royal patronage through the marriage of his daughter Odile to the Tsarís son.
The Swans in the Lakeside scene in contrast to the Tsar’s Palace gardens enhance this dramatically bold production However through the Prince dismissing his Father’s insistence that he has to marry a royal princess leads, the ballet to a tragic and dramatic end. English Youth Ballet’s principal professional dancers lead the pa gentry of a large cast of up to 100 young talented regional dancers in this highly acclaimed and phenomenally successful ballet company.
“English Youth Ballet is a triumph” Dance Expression