Swan Lake portrays the love story of Siegfried and the beautiful swan queen Odette. As fate has it, Siegfried betrays Odette as he mistakenly declares his love for Odile, the dark seductress. Eventually Odette forgives Siegfried, but the trust between them has been broken and Siegfried is forced to face life without her forever.

Choreographed by the award-winning British dance maker David Dawson, Swan Lake will demonstrate his visceral and daring work which has made him one of the most innovative dance makers working in classical ballet today.

David Dawson, internationally-renowned and prolific British choreographer, graduated from the Royal Ballet School in London before joining Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1991 and then English National Ballet in 1994. Shortly after, he moved to Amsterdam to perform with Dutch National Ballet where he choreographed his first major creation, A Million Kisses to my Skin, in 2000. He continues to create full-length ballets and is commissioned by dance companies worldwide.

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David Dawson tells us about his vision for a bold interpretation of this classic story ballet:

“Swan Lake is an iconic example of classical ballet at its finest. Countless productions exist both in traditional and contemporary forms, and I had to consider very carefully if creating a new version was something I would be able to do. I had to re-think what Swan Lake means to me now as choreographer. What could I bring to it that hasn’t already been done?

“The gothic story of the spellbound Swan Queen and her tragic love for Prince Siegfried was my starting point, but I needed to find a way to connect to the story on a more personal level and try to re-tell it in a way that could resonate with people who live in today’s world. My vision is to create a Swan Lake that can be timeless.

It is set in no-time and every-place, a kind of blank page for the human side of the story to take place. I have tried to concentrate on the journey of the characters as real people, and hope that the audience will be able to connect to the emotions they see on stage and go on the same journey as Swan Lake’s characters.

“Scottish Ballet is a truly unique and wonderful place to work — a jewel of a company in the dance world. On all levels I have found everyone to be open, welcoming and excited to be part of the journey of this creation. The dancers are extremely talented and willing to trust in my vision — we have been sharing the experience of ‘finding’ this new Swan Lake together and creating something special.”

Theatre Royal, 100 Grey St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6BR
Wed 11 – Sat 14 May 2016

Tickets and further information about Scottish Ballet’s Swan Lake are available from: https://www.theatreroyal.co.uk/whats-on/swanlake

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