5 June 2018 at 11.00am | 42 Comments
Liam Scarlett's production is the Company's first new staging in 30 years, and the broadcast promises to be a major event in the arts this summer.
Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.
Tchaikovsky's score for Swan Lake is some of ballet's most recognizable music: ‘From that first note on the oboe you are immediately transported into this beautiful, tragic fairytale,’ explains choreographer Liam Scarlett.
The Royal Ballet's new production builds on this tradition: Scarlett has created an entirely new Act IV, based on the musical running order that was also used by Former Director of The Royal Ballet Frederick Ashton.
Scarlett's production sees the dancers in the corps de ballet wearing tutus rather than long skirts. The production is another chance to experience the partnership between Liam Scarlett and highly-esteemed designer John Macfarlane, which has blossomed since their first collaboration on Asphodel Meadows in 2010. The two reunited in 2016 to create Frankenstein.
The live cinema relay is a showcase for the Company, who dazzle in full royal finery at the palace, and in delicate feathered tutus as flocks of swans. Marianela Nuñez dances the roles of swan princess Odette and black swan Odile; while Vadim Muntagirov dances the role of Prince Siegfried.
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Swan Lake will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 12 June 2018. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.
The production is sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels and is staged with Generous philanthropic support from The Monument Trust, Ricki Gail and Robert Conway, Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Jette Parker, Celia Blakey, Sarah and Lloyd Dorfman, Doug and Ceri King, the Swan Lake Production Syndicate, The American Friends of Covent Garden and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.