Australian Ballet: Swan Lake review – a royal tragedy lifted by its leads

Coliseum, London
Choreographer Graeme Murphy gives his characters a more contemporary edge and it’s the principals, especially Amber Scott, who carry the evening

When Australian Ballet first brought their Swan Lake to London, its portrait of a dysfunctional royal marriage seemed to be lifted straight from the recent British past. On a second viewing, though, Graeme Murphy’s choreography is informed less by Charles, Camilla and Di than by another 19th-century classic, Giselle. It’s startling, in fact, how similar the stories are as the guileless Odette, discovering that her husband Siegfried is in love with the worldly Baroness von Rothbart, is driven mad with grief and dies.

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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