This classic tragic love story of Swan Lake has come to Southampton and is being performed in the Mayflower Theatre as a ballet. Performed 26th-30th January 2016, together with Tchaikovsky’s music orchestra, Wright, Ivanov and Petipa choreography mixed with the designs by Philip Prowse. Starting with a outstanding orchestra and finishing with a standing ovation, this ballet can be seen by all ages and still be enjoyed and appreciated for all of the work hard work that has gone into this version of Swan Lake.
Costumes of each dancer were stunning, out of this world and every scene was detailed. The first scene was set in the castle, the detail, props and the stage was so good that the audience knew where the setting was without any words needing to be exchanged. Then it transforms to the setting being outside, with an atmospheric feeling by using smoke machines and majestic dancers.
The third scene takes place in the back of the castle, showcasing a traditional ball with costumes from different kingdoms from different cultures dancing. The costumes dazzle your eyes but don’t distract you too much from the pure magic of the dancing. The final scene comes along and the tension is high, the dramatic battle between the villain and the prince. With the tragic ending causing every face in the audience to tear up with empathy.
The canon of the dancers amazes you and even though they are united each dancer are unique. There is a twist in every scene that will astonish you and keep you on the edge of your seat.
This beautiful story is transformed into a comical, charismatic and pleasurable story to watch and feel apart of. From murder, cunning schemes to noble sacrifices this ballet is one you don’t want to miss, next time it is in Southampton. Or anywhere near your theatre.
Swan Lake altogether was enhancing, romantic and had mesmerising features that will keep you on the edge of your seat and forget about your life outside of the theatre. You will be captivated into the story, feeling apart of it and when it ends you will feel fulfilled and enchanted.