Swan Lake performed by the English Youth Ballet was a life-enhancing experience for the dancers and for the parents, teachers and general public who very nearly filled the New Theatre for three performances 21st and 22nd September.   Directed by Janet Lewis MBE and  reinforced by six professional dancers who were also coaches,  more than a hundred children  aged  between eight and eighteen displayed poise, confidence and impressive discipline.    The boys had crisp rhythm and showmanship . The girls held their heads high while displaying skilled technique. (more…)

Advertisements

English Youth Ballet presents three performances of its brand new production of Swan Lake at Oxford’s New Theatre. It promises to be a traditional production but with particular emphasis on the rivalry between the seductive evil Black Swan Odile and the beautiful but vulnerable White Swan Odette, as they compete for the affections of the Prince.

English Youth Ballet’s professional principal dancers lead the pageantry of a large cast of up to 100 young talented regional dancers in this highly acclaimed Company led by Director Janet Lewis MBE. (more…)

The Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake, broadcast live from the Royal Opera House to the Phoenix Cinema, Oxford. 23 October 2012.

As Zenaida Yanowsky slowly unfolds her leg in a high développé devant, she seems to float for a moment before she rises and subsides, caught and supported by Nehemiah Kish as she falls backwards.   This is a very trusting partnership between Kish, an elegant dancer with beautiful line, and the lyrical Yanowsky.   Kish’s Siegfried is a sincere prince, who loves Odette, but has no chance against Yanowsky’s Odile:  her fouettés and virtuoso steps embody deceit, and she suffuses the most ordinary step, such as a posé turn, with cunning. (more…)