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Review: Birmingham Royal Ballet - Swan Lake @ WMC

Posted by Weeping Tudor from Cardiff - Published on 16/11/2015 at 16:39
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  • Swan Lake

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Swan Lake
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Wednesday 11th November 2015

Few people can honestly say they have never heard of this most famous of ballets.

Few would say that they would not like to see it.

This for me is my third production and my Russian plus one has seen it even more times than me. I'm not really a big fan of ballet... but let's see what the BRB do with this with this iconic piece...

This is a lavish work, with staggering costumes that go on till next week and a staging adding mood and atmosphere. The troupe of dancers are spectacular, especially the female swan ensemble, each adding realistic movement and graceful gesture to what an actual swan would do. The men also outstanding in their leaps and displays.

The story is simple, only you may be forgiven for not fully understanding without the conventional narrative of speech. Prince Siegfried has fallen in love with a swan. Forever cursed by an evil magician, the prince vows to save his Odette with tragic consequences.

I will admit, my mind did wonder a few times, but I was brought back to focus with the glorious music of Tchaikovsky, played well by the orchestra. It can take a lot of focus, even if you are marvelling at the majestic choreography and the jaw dropping bodies of these fine dancers. Marvellous movement from the leads Celine Gittens and Tyrone Singleton, with great chemistry on the stage. After all, how much can you really love a swan?

Being a huge opera fan, I guess ballet for me is a different field altogether.

But the question remains should you see it?

Without a doubt.

Rating: 4 stars

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