Jane Magan in Ballet Ireland’s Swan Lake 2014 Photo. Ros Kavanagh
Ballet Ireland presents Swan Lake at the Lime Tree
Ballet Ireland is delighted to present a national tour of Swan Lake, one of the great love stories of classical ballet, to 19 theatres throughout Ireland.
This most famous of ballets combines romantic themes, classical technique and ethereal imagery, with Tchaikovsky’s majestic score, to ensure this masterpiece’s immortality.
Swan Lake tells the story of Odette, a beautiful princess, who turned into a swan by day by evil magician Von Rothbart, only to regain her human form at night. Out hunting by the lakeside, Prince Siegfried encounters her and falls madly in love with her. But will he be able to break Von Rothbart’s spell?
This enduring story of love and tragedy, good and evil, and has enthralled audiences since it premiered in 1877. This autumn, 22 leading professional dancers from Ireland and abroad will perform in this breath-taking production which was loved by audiences and critics when last produced by Ballet Ireland.
About Ballet Ireland:
Ballet Ireland presents both traditional full-length classics and newly commissioned ballets which resonate with audiences of the 21st century. The originality of Ballet Ireland’s work has attracted a company of highly trained international dancers, who are recognised by audiences and critics for their individual style and razor-sharp technique.
Established in 1998 by Gunther Falusy and Anne Maher, each spring and autumn the company performs in large scale theatres in Dublin and provincial venues throughout Ireland. Touring affords the opportunity for our regional audiences to access and enjoy the professional ballet and to inspire young and talented students all over Ireland.
In addition to professional performances, we are champions of cultivating future talent. The company’s summer schools, held in theatres throughout the country, provide aspiring young students with week-long workshops.
These workshops culminate in onstage performances with dancers from the company. Throughout the year there are additional programmes for primary and secondary school students, both for those with and without formal training. These opportunities create unforgettable experiences for the participants and their families.
In 2013 we were honoured when President Michael D. Higgins became our Patron. As our support grows, we will continue to mentor young dancers, our collaborations with leading arts organisations will strengthen and increase opportunities for leading dancers, choreographers and designers to work with the company.