Published: 15:47, 07 March 2018
The image that comes to mind when you hear Swan Lake is an ensemble of elegant dancers in tutus.
But this tragic romantic tale, as performed by The Russian State Ballet of Siberia, proves itself to be far more than that.
Velvety movement and stunning yet simple costumes bring a breath of fresh air to the stage, alongside Tchaikovsky's timeless score.
The story centres around the prince who is entranced by a swan who turns into beaufiful woman, Odette.
He is determined to break the spell that holds her, but she is disguised by an evil spirit - who the prince declares his love for after being seduced.
Devastatingly, this dooms Odette to succumb to the curse.
The dual role of Odile, the temptress in black who seduces the prince, and Odette, the swan queen, is undeniably faultless.
But it's not only the prince who is enchanted by her serene displays, as she commands the stage and the audience's attention.
It's hard not to be captivated by such technical yet effortless moves and facial expression which tell the story so well.
The prince and swan queen move beautifully, individually and together, with classical authority and refined steps.
Scenes where ballerinas glide as one on a moon-lit lake are mesmerising and the physical ability to move in such formation impresses.
Gentle, romantic scenes shift well to those of a more dramatic nature, with pauses in music punctuating the performance well.
It may be a tragic tale, but it's one told with tender charm and power.
Swan Lake presented by The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra Of Siberia is at the Marlowe Theatre tonight at 7.30pm.
The company also stages Romeo and Juliet at the Marlowe on Friday, March 9, followed by The Nutcracker on Saturday, March 10. To book visit marlowetheatre.com
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