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The Australian Ballet: Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake

Digital Season | Recorded in the Joan Sutherland Theatre in 2008

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Time: Friday 17th July, 8pm AEST
Genre: Ballet

On Demand: Until 31st July only
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Graeme Murphy’s modern-day classic is a Swan Lake for the 21st century, charged with sensuality and heartbreak. The Australian Ballet’s most performed and most successful work has swept the world before it, reaping standing ovations and storms of tears in London, Paris, Tokyo and New York.

The romance of Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried is updated (and complicated) to a contemporary love triangle with the addition of the Baroness von Rothbart, a slinky mistress who has no intention of releasing her freshly married lover. Murphy’s breathtaking pas de deux and massed swans are framed by legendary designer Kristian Fredrikson’s darkly sparkling lake, contrasted with the glittering magnificence of regal weddings and ballrooms. This is Swan Lake as you’ve never seen it before.

Starring Madeleine Eastoe as Odette, Robert Curran as Siegfried and Danielle Rowe as the Baroness von Rothbart, this production was filmed in 2008 and features the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

Click here to download the original program notes. 

Choreography Graeme Murphy
Creative Associate Janet Vernon
Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Concept Graeme Murphy, Janet Vernon and Kristian Fredrikson
Costume and set design Kristian Fredrikson
Lighting design Damien Cooper

More reading: Graeme Murphy is ballet's fearless leader

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