Presenting: Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake

06 June 2012 | By Behind Ballet

Lana Jones and Amber Scott in front of the David H.Koch Theater in New York. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Lana Jones and Amber Scott in front of the David H.Koch Theater in New York. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Amber Scott. Photo Liz Ham
Amber Scott. Photo Liz Ham
Artists of The Australian Ballet in Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake. Photo Jim McFarlane
Artists of The Australian Ballet in Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake. Photo Jim McFarlane

 

Odette is going to New York! And so are the minxy Baroness, the feckless Prince, a couple of nuns, a whole lot of royalty and a wedge of swans. Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake (which is celebrating its 10th anniversary as we celebrate our 50th) is a signature piece for us, and has barely been off our stages since its creation, so it was a natural choice for our New York tour.

Murphy takes the traditional story of Swan Lake and sets it in an Edwardian court. His Odette is a fragile girl who marries a prince, not realising he’s still very much involved with his noble mistress (shades of Princess Di!). An asylum, swan visions and a ballroom revenge ensue. It’s no wonder Le Figaro said that our version “puts fire into the lake”!

The company will be performing Swan Lake at New York’s David J Koch Theater from June 15 – 17; from June 12 – 13 they will also perform the triple bill Infinity. Don’t have your tickets? It only takes a New York minute …