LAC – a Dark, Erotic Swan Lake
Renowned international ballet company Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo will bring a “sensuous and chic” reinterpretation of Swan Lake to Melbourne in June.
This edgy production is about pushing boundaries, fusing neoclassical and contemporary ballet with a dark and erotically charged take on the 19th Century story. Choreographer-director Jean-Christophe Maillot has reimagined Swan Lake as a Machiavellian drama of good versus evil – twisting together sex, betrayal and ambition to create a new perspective on the classic tale. Orchestra Victoria will perform Tchaikovsky’s original score.
For those unfamiliar with the original story: The White Swan is kidnapped by Her Majesty of the Night. Haunted by the lost love of his childhood sweetheart, the Prince becomes tangled in a love triangle between the Black and White Swan – the potential for true love and utter tragedy equally possible.
Costume designer Philippe Guillotel plays up the polished sheen of the court with animalistic flourishes: nobles roam public space in floating fabrics, while the delicate tulle of the swans resembles animal fur.
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo’s LAC is a revelation – an adventurous and bold interpretation of a well-loved ballet that pushes the boundaries of the form.
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