If you've never seen "Swan Lake”, now's the time! Cork City Ballet is back, and the company's full length production of this ballet lays claim to a legacy that extends back to its premiere at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1895.
But we need your help, because we haven't had any Arts Council of Ireland funding since 2011!
So, we've taken matters in to our own hands and turned to 'Fund it' to get the people of Cork to help support the only professional ballet company in the city - and one of only two in the country - the other one based in Dublin, and fully supported by the Arts Council.
Speaking at the recent launch of ‘Swan Lake’, Artistic Director Alan Foley said: “unlike the unalloyed tragedy most people cherish, this version ends with a fairy-tale twist. Yuri Demakov (ex Bolshoi Ballet) and I have re-produced the original Petipa/Ivanov choreography where the Prince destroys the evil sorcerer Rothbart, and is joyfully reunited with the Swan Queen”.
Cork City Ballet’s production promises to be spectacular, from the opulent costumes (direct from the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg) to the alluring sets, especially the opening scene's gold-tinged, tree-framed park in the shadow of the great castle and lake.
All the well-loved elements are still in place including the “white acts”, with the famous cygnets dance for four girls; the exquisite white swan pas de deux; and the Act 3 climactic Black Swan pas de deux complete with thirty two fouettes all wrapped up in Tchaikovsky’s glorious score.
Russian Ballet stars Ekaterina Bortyakova and her partner Akzhol Mussakhanov will dance the lead roles of Odette/Odile and Prince Siegfried, and they will be accompanied by soloists and a full corps de ballet.
Swan Lake opens at the Cork Opera House on Wednesday 18th November at 8pm until Saturday 21st November, with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm.
Cork City Ballet embraces a policy of engaging dancers from international companies as well as Ireland's finest classical and contemporary dancers, to perform to audiences all over Ireland.
CCB promotes and encourages the ethos that ballet is for everyone. This is achieved by its diversity of programming, which includes not just the well-loved classics, but also modern and contemporary choreography including works specially created for the company by the Artistic Director of the Company - Alan Foley; former ballerina with Irish National Ballet: Patricia Crosbie; and Bolshoi trained principal dancer Yuri Demakov among others.
Cork City Ballet aspires to promoting dance as a vibrant and enjoyable art form, so we hope you will play your part and help us to continue the legacy bestowed upon us by the legendary Joan Denise Moriarty and Professor Aloys Fleischmann.Thank you in advance. Alan Foley