On a warm summer’s night, we made our way to Her Majesty’s Theatre for opening night of Swan Lake. There was a full house and plenty of excitement in the hallways before entering into the theatre.
First performed in St Petersburg in 1895, the immortal and enchanting Swan Lake, with its unrivalled ‘white acts’, its spectacular and dramatic ballroom scene, sublime music and deeply moving story, is the ballet that towers above all others.
This performance of Swan Lake is being performed by St Peterburg Ballet. Founded in 1994, The St Petersburg Ballet is renowned globally not just for its beautiful Vaganova trained dancers but also for its stunning, grand, full-length productions. The sixty-strong Company travels internationally complete with breathtaking scenery and magnificent costumes. The company has in its repertoire the classical masterpieces Giselle, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Les Sylphides, Paquita, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. The incredibly popular company is in such demand that it gives 200 to 250 performances every year.
The audience waits in anticipation as the music commences and we get set to see the ballet dancers grace the stage. When the curtain raises, a dark late is revealed with a full moonlight.
Tchaikovsky’s score is enchanting, the characters and their amazing dress, and the wonderful dancing, is what has the audience drawn from the start.
The audience on this night seems to love the jester character who is the only colourful dressed dancer in the first act.
One of the enchanting moments of the show is seeing the elegance of ballet swans and they sway with such elegance and gives the audience one of the more magical moments of their night.
The role of Princess Odette is the dream for any ballerina and is played majestically on this night and forms a connection with the audience.
Prince Seigfried is potrayed in a strong manner by the male lead, and his skills come out in force during the show.
Swan Lake delivers another amazing performance tonight and its why the South Australian public have flocked to see it with very strong ticket sales for this season.
If you didn’t get a chance to see Swan Lake in Adelaide, the season continues onto Melbourne and Sydney. We guarantee you an enchanting night.