There is no greater anticipation in the ballet world than that for a new Swan Lake. The unenviable pressure of this task has fallen to one of the Royal Opera House’s current Artists in Residence, Liam Scarlett.
Scarlett’s more recent works for the Royal Ballet include The Age of Anxiety and Frankenstein, as well as the heart-wrenching No Man’s Land for English National Ballet’s Lest We Forgetprogramme.
The most striking success of this new production is Scarlett’s partnership with designer John MacFarlane. This is a luxurious, opulent, no-expense-spared Swan Lake, in which the swans shimmer in glistening white tutus with flecks of gold.
The ball of Act III is packed with the grandest of costumes, rich velvet curtains, golden pillars and a sweeping staircase. With a backdrop this breathtaking, it’s easy to be swept along in the romanticism of the classic story.
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