The great Romantic ballet Swan Lake will be the focus of two events at Woodend Barn next week.
Woodend Barn will be participating in the Royal Opera House’s first live screening of the season on Tuesday, October 23 at 7.15pm, which will see Anthony Dowell’s production of Swan Lake, performed by The Royal Ballet, beamed around the world to 900 cinemas in 32 countries.
Though Tchaikovsky did not live to see Swan Lake become a success, his first ballet score is now synonymous with ballet itself, inspiring generations of dancers and crossing over into popular culture.
In creating this production, Anthony Dowell aimed to return to an authentic version of the choreography created for the Mariinsky Theatre in 1895. Yolanda Sonnabend’s designs draw on the Russian Imperial Court of that period with an inspired blend of historical accuracy and gothic fantasy.
The ballet was the basis for the Hollywood film Black Swan, which will be screened the following day, Wednesday 24 October, at 7.30pm. A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company.
Woodend Barn will be screening further live performances from the Royal Opera House this winter including another Tchaikovsky-scored ballet, The Nutcracker, on Thursday, December 13, and Puccini’s opera La Bohème on Tuesday, January 15.
Tickets available from the Woodend Barn Box Office 01330 825431 or at www.woodendbarn.co.uk