Ballet Ireland is set to bring Swan Lake to 25 theatres throughout Ireland between 24 October – 21 December 2014.
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.
Friday 24 October – Draíocht, 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 Centre, Roscommon
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