Ballet Ireland announce Swan Lake national tour


Ballet Ireland is set to bring Swan Lake to 25 theatres throughout Ireland between 24 October – 21 December 2014.

This tour of Ballet Ireland’s Swan Lake will have new staging and choreography, and the Gaiety Theatre performances will be accompanied by a live score performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Michael Revie, originally from Northern Ireland, now principal dancer at Joburg Ballet Theatre, will be playing the lead role of the Prince. His wife Angela Revie will also be appearing in the production. Ryoko Yagyu, who danced Clara in Ballet Ireland’s 2014 production of The Nutcracker, will play Odette.

This most famous of ballets combines romantic themes, classical technique and ethereal imagery with Tchaikovsky’s majestic score, to create an immortal masterpiece. It tells the story of Odette, a beautiful princess, turned into a swan by day by evil magician Von Rothbart, only to regain her human form at night. Out hunting by the lakeside, Prince Siegfried encounters her and falls madly in love with her. But will he be able to break Von Rothbart’s spell…?

Speaking about Ballet Ireland’s forthcoming tour, director Anne Maher says, “This enduring story of love and tragedy, good and evil has enthralled audiences since it premiered in 1877. Classic works like this educate the new work we do, such as last year’s Carmen by Morgann Runacre-Temple, which toured Ireland and was also presented in Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. We draw on the past to create future ballets – the classics and creativity being the two central elements to Ballet Ireland’s identity.”

In 2015 Ballet Ireland will be continuining to create new work with Royal Ballet dancer and choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela, with a production to appear on the Project Arts Centre stage. Ludovic says of this commitment: “As much as the old classic ballet works are incredible, we need to create new ballets, as society and our experiences evolve, in the same way as musicians create new music and film makers make new films for us.”

In Swan Lake, Ballet Ireland is continuing with its on-going mission to nurture younger dancers, with Irish apprentices Kate Haughton and Aisling Kennedy receiving coaching classes, being mentored by one of Ballet Ireland’s dancers and performing roles in the production.

For more information on tour dates and ticket prices, visit Ballet Ireland online.

Tour dates:

Friday 24 OctoberDraíocht, Blanchardstown

Saturday 25 October – Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny

Thursday 30 October – Riverside Theatre, Coleraine

Saturday 1 November – Garage Theatre, Monaghan 

Wednesday 5 November – Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey

Thursday 6 November
 – The Burnavon, Cookstown

Friday 7 November – Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen

Saturday 8 November – An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny

Tues 11 & Wed 12 Nov – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Friday 14 November – VISUAL, Carlow

Saturday 15 November – Roscommon Arts CentreRoscommon

Wednesday 19 – Saturday 22 November – Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Wednesday 26 November – Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo

Friday 28 November – Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

Sunday 30 November – Wexford Opera House, Wexford

Wednesday 3 December – The Helix, Dublin

Thurs 4 – Sat 6 Dec – The Civic Theatre, Tallaght

Tuesday 9 December – Royal Theatre, Castlebar

Wednesday 10 December – Backstage Theatre, Longford

Thursday 11 December – glór, Sligo

Saturday 13 December – Siamsa Tíre, Tralee

Tuesday 16 December – Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick

Wednesday 17 December – Solstice Arts Centre, Navan

Friday 19 December – The Source Arts Centre, Thurles

Sat 20, 8pm & Sun 21 – Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray

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  1. Rory Hughes

    Hues Productions presents a new production “Holding On”
    Dates: ‪October 26th‬ and 27th ‪at 7:30pm‬
    Axis Theatre Ballymun, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9
    Tickets €15 & Group Rates available

    Exploring grief in two parts, this new dance production ‘Holding On’ will be presented by Hues Productions. The piece will begin with those honored in the sculpture called “The Dark Elegy” by Suse Lowenstein, the mother of one of the passengers killed in the skies over Lockerbie, Scotland, (Pan Am flight 103) in 1988. This revisits the tragedy of the terrorist attack, and delves into the ‘normality’ that this type of tragedy has become in today’s world. The performance will move into how we try to ‘hold on’ when life unexpectedly gets out of control. From loss of a family member, to loss of a relationship, to even loss of what could have been, we continue on and struggle  to get by day by day. With this piece we are taking everyday realities and exploring the journey we take to live and love, even when our whole world crashes down around us.

    Created/Written and Directed by the Founder of Hues Productions Rory Hughes.
    Choreographed by Nina Pongratz & Neil O’Brien
    Lighting Design and Sound by David Doyle

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