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Media Release: Swan Lake by Singapore Dance Theatre – 2015 Grand Finale

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Singapore Dance Theatre presents Swan Lake 2015

3 – 6 December 2015 | Esplanade Theatre

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As a grand finale to Singapore Dance Theatre’s (SDT) performance season 2015, we will be presenting one of the world’s most famous and well-loved ballet of all time, Swan Lake. This world-class ballet will dazzle the stage of the Esplanade Theatre from 3 to 6 December 2015.

With an ever-compelling story and technically demanding choreography, this is the ballet not to be missed! An ideal performance for seasoned audiences and novice attendees, Swan Lake offers a clear plot to follow and a spectacle unlike any other. With exquisite costumes and enchanting moments, this classic piece remains to be the favourite ballet of many children and adults.

A timeless masterpiece by the legendary choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, Swan Lake is well established in SDT’s repertoire. The company premiere was in December 2007, and has since been restaged in 2009 and 2012.

“One of the greatest tests for any classically based ballet company has been Swan Lake. Its timeless, deeply romantic story and heroic quest is the very root of dance drama. Also, the Marius Petipa based version of the ballet marks a turning point in the sophistication in choreography that presented a large-scale production that was both literate and compelling in visual terms,” said Janek Schergen. “SDT first presented Swan Lake in 2007 and in every production we have done since then, we have attempted to more fully realise all the intricate nuance of the ballet. To show our audiences why Swan Lake remains at the heart of any repertory is a grand challenge and we become very intent in fulfilling the theatrical experience for our audiences in every element. To dance Swan Lake is a thrill and to witness it as an audience is, and always will be, a memorable experience.”

Synopsis

The story begins with Prince Siegfried, who goes hunting. While hunting, Prince Siegfried sees an amazing swan. As he takes aim to shoot, the swan turns into a beautiful woman. The woman, Odette, tells the prince that she is a princess who has come under the spell of an evil sorcerer called Rothbart. During the day, she must be a swan. At night, she is allowed to be a human again. The spell can only be broken if a nobel prince swears eternal fidelity to her. She tells Prince Siegfried that if he refuses her, she must remain a swan forever. Prince Siegfried falls madly in love with Odette. The Royal Family hosts a party at the palace to celebrate the Prince’s 21st birthday. Prince Siegfried, under a spell casted by Rothbart, accidentally proposes to Odile, Rothbart’s daughter, believing that she is really Odette. Princess Odette, who appears at the party, witnesses Siegfried declaring his love for Odile and feels doomed. The prince returns to Odette at the lakeside and she forgives him. The prince defeats Rothbart in a battle which finally releases Odette and all the swan maidens from the spell to become women once again.

The music for Swan Lake was composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, one of the greatest Russian composers of all time. He wrote the music for three of the most famous ballets: Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first ballet and is considered by many to be one of the greatest classical ballets of all time. Its romance and beauty has enthralled audiences for more than 100 years.

Tchaikovsky composed the music between 1875 and 1876. The scenario was initially in four acts and the choreographer of the original production was Julius Reisinger. The ballet, billed as “The Lake of Swans”, was premièred by the Bolshoi Ballet in March 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Swan Lake has been presented in many different versions, but most ballet companies base their productions, both choreographically and musically, on the 1895 revival by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, which was first staged for the Imperial Ballet on January 15, 1895, at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

The Characters

For this production of Swan Lake, the main characters are:

  • Odette & Odile – Rosa Park (1) / Chihiro Uchida (2)
  • Prince Siegfried – Chen Peng (1) / Kenya Nakamura (2)
  • Rothbart – Kensuke Yorozu
  • Act 1, Pas De Trois – Zhao Jun (1), Maughan Jemesen (1), May Yen Cheah (1) / Etienne Ferrère (2), Elaine Heng (2), Li Jie (2)
  • Big Swans – Elaine Heng, Li Jie
  • Cygnets – Marina Yatsushiro (1), Akira Nakahama (1), Maughan Jemesen (1), Nanase Tanaka (1) / Alison Carroll (2)

Legend

1 = 3 Dec (8pm), 5 Dec (8pm) & 6 Dec (1pm)
2 = 4 Dec (8pm), 5 Dec (1pm) & 6 Dec (7pm)

Singapore Dance Theatre’s latest version of Swan Lake promises to be spectacular, featuring the full company of 38 dancers plus lavish costumes and sets. The dual role of Odette / Odile, which is thought to be one of great challenges for any dancer, will be played by Rosa Park and Chihiro Uchida. Prince Siegfried will be played by Chen Peng and Kenya Nakamura and the role of Rothbart by Kensuke Yorozu. Both Rosa and Chihiro have performed the roles of Odette / Odile in previous productions. They were last seen in the SDT’s production of the Sleeping Beauty 2015.

Chen Peng is reprising his role in Swan Lake. Both Chen Peng and Kenya Nakamura will play the part of Prince Siegfried in this production. Kensuke Yorozu will take the part of Rothbart. The aforementioned are experienced dancers and are no strangers to this ballet. There are several new dancers that have joined SDT in 2015 and will be performing in Swan Lake. They are Artists Mai Suzuki and Peter Allen; and Apprentices Ines Furuhashi-Huber, Reece Hudson, and Shi Yue Tony.

Fast Facts

Title : Swan Lake
Date : 3 – 6 December 2015 (Thursday – Sunday)
Venue : Esplanade Theatre
Time : 3 & 4 Dec 8pm
5 Dec 1pm & 8pm
6 Dec 1pm & 7pm
Ticket Prices : $30, $50, $70 (SISTIC fees apply)

Discounts available for:

  • Students/NSF/Senior Citizens
  • Package of 4
  • Group Bookings
Ticket Sales Date : Early Bird Offer: 28 Sept – 11 Oct 2015
(Maybank, OCBC, & Passion members only)
General Sales: 12 Oct – 6 Dec 2015

Enjoy up to 25% discount when you purchase your tickets with Maybank credit cards.
We apologise that we are unable to admit infants-in-arm and children below 6 years old. Children 6 years old and above will require a ticket for entry. Please visit www.singaporedancetheatre.com for more information.

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