Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Swan Lake

Sadly we were unwell during the holidays. One thing that soothed however was the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky and the magnificent choreography of Graeme Murphy in The Australian Ballet’s recent production of Swan Lake.

Ess has particularly enjoyed the ballet. Each night she has been listening to The Story of the Ballet written and narrated by Ann Rachlin with The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by André Previn. The story Ess hears is quite different to that portrayed in the recent production, fortunately. It tells of how true love can rescue good from evil: the traditional story of Swan Lake as an old legend found in Greece, Germany, India and Russia.

This contemporary production portrays images etched in the minds of today’s audience of the story of “the disposable princess who became the people’s princess” Read Shirley McKechnie’s review in The Age.

Nevertheless the music is absolutely beautiful, amidst the drama it is so calm and peaceful to have in the house as the family rests. The dancing is wonderful, so emotive. One becomes truly engaged in the story. What a powerful narrator is one’s own body!

I am thrilled to see my daughter delighting in the classics, and in this ballet in particular, which will no doubt remain close to her heart as she grows older.

Pictures sourced from The Daily Telegraph and The Age.

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