Sunday, 4 November 2012

Swan Lake (dance)

Rothbart and Odile
If you missed the Royal Opera House cinema screening of Swan Lake in October, or indeed if you were so entranced that you would love to see the ballet again, you need not wait much longer! Amande Concerts are producing a UK tour by the Russian State Ballet and Opera House, bringing two ballets, first Swan Lake and then Sleeping Beauty, to the Congress Theatre at the beginning of December.

Swan Lake tells the fairy tale of the beautiful Odette who has been turned into a swan by a fearsome owl-spirit. By day she and her friends fly as swans but at night she returns to her human form. At a party to celebrate his birthday, Prince Siegfried sees the flock of swans fly overhead and decides to hunt them, but when he meets Odette, he falls immediately in love with her. By promising to love her forever, he can release her from her enchantment, but the owl-spirit cannot bear to lose her. He arrives at the palace disguised as Von Rothbart with his daughter 'Odile'. She looks exactly like Odette, but is really another evil spirit. Siegfried declares his love for Odile, believing her to be Odette while, outside the palace walls, the abandoned real Odette is broken-hearted.

Tchaikovsky's famous music will be performed by a live Philharmonic Orchestra.

Congress Theatre, Tue 4th and Wed 5th Dec, 19:30.
Wed matinee, 14:30.
Tickets various prices, available online, by calling 01323 412000, or in person at the Tourist Information Office and the Box Office.

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