Why See San Francisco Ballet: Swan Lake?
Returning for the 2016/17 season!
Lauded by local press when it first premiered in 2010, Helgi Tomasson's production of Swan Lake played to an enthralled audience in February 2016 after a six-year absence from the War Memorial. Seduction, innocence and sorcery are the key themes in the world's most famous ballet work, with all-new choreography adapted from Marius Petipa's original work, sharper pantomime, stunning costumes, and ethereal special effects.
Dashing Prince Siegfried is urged by his mother to marry soon and bids makes his choice the following night, at the royal ball. Frustrated, he goes hunting with his friends and becomes separated. Whilst trying to find a way home, he is astonished to witness the transformation of one of the swans marked for prey into a beautiful maiden.
He falls deeply in love, but the swan maiden is terrified of him. Out of fear, she divulges that she and her companions are victims of an evil spell, cast by a sorcerer Von Rothbart. The only way to break this spell is for one who has never loved before to love her, The Swan Queen. However, Von Rothbart has his own designs on the prince, with a secret weapon who looks remarkably like the innocent Odette.
Opening night: 31 March 2017
Suitable for ages 10+
Two hours 30 minutes with two intermissions
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