Ballet NEWS | English National Ballet’s Swan Lake in-the-round – casting announced

May 20, 2010

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What better place to spend a warm (let’s hope!) summer’s evening than beside a lake.  Next month, English National Ballet will dance their mesmerizing Swan Lake in-the-round, at the Royal Albert Hall.  They literally triple the number of swans on stage – to 60 – and feathers will fly !  Everyone has been working flat out to bring you a perfectly drilled flock of swans – hypnotic in any setting but here, in-the-round, every angle is covered.

Here is a short video clip of the production which highlights the sheer scope of this production.  With so many swans to rehearse, the company de-camp to a film studio for several weeks – a normal studio just isn’t big enough.  60 tutu’s take up a lot of space !

Erina Takahashi as Odette
Photo: Patrick Baldwin

Vadim Muntagirov, ENB’s young dancer who skipped 8 years in the corp de ballet to join the Company as a First Artist, makes his debut in the Principal role of Prince Siegfried and opens the run of performances.  His Odette/Odile for the First Night is Polina Semionova, a Principal from the Berlin State Opera Ballet.  On 17th and 19th June, Vadim is partnered with English National Ballet’s Senior Principal dancer Daria Klimentová.  You won’t want to miss any of them !

Sofiane Sylve and Friedemann Vogel
Photo: Daria Klimentová

When you read through the casting, in addition to Vadim opening the run of performances with Daria Klimentová – (a multi-talented lady whose beautiful photographs you can see on this page) – there are also two very notable debuts which I’d like to draw your attention to.

Begoña Cao and Esteban Berlanga will debut in the matinee performance on 12th June.  Both dancers have the technique and precision to make Swan Lake their own, with beautiful fluid lines and dramatic ability.

The casting is (in the order Odette/Odile, Prince Siegfried, Rothbart) :

9 June 7.30pm
Polina Semionova, Vadim Muntagirov*, Tamás Solymosi

10 June 7.30pm
Erina Takahashi, Dmitri Gruzdyev, Tamás Solymosi

11 June 7.30pm
Polina Semionova, Vadim Muntagirov, Tamás Solymosi

12 June 2.30pm
Begoña Cao*, Esteban Berlanga*, Tamás Solymosi

12 June 7.30pm
Erina Takahashi, Dmitri Gruzdyev, Tamás Solymosi

13 June 2.30 pm
Elena Glurdjidze, Arionel Vargas, Tamás Solymosi

15 June 7.30 pm
Polina Semionova, Vadim Muntagirov, Tamás Solymosi

16 June 2pm
Begoña Cao, Esteban Berlanga, Tamás Solymosi

16 June 7.30 pm
Elena Glurdjidze, Arionel Vargas, Tamás Solymosi

17 June 7.30 pm
Daria Klimentová, Vadim Muntagirov, Tamás Solymosi

18 June 7.30 pm
Elena Glurdjidze, Arionel Vargas, Tamás Solymosi

19 June 2.30 pm
Erina Takahashi, Dmitri Gruzdyev, Tamás Solymosi

19 June 7.30 pm
Daria Klimentová, Vadim Muntagirov, Tamás Solymosi

* Debut in role

9 – 19 June

Royal Albert Hall Box Office : 0845 401 5045

Please note that English National Ballet reserves the right to make alterations to the programme, casting, dates, times, discounts and prices as necessary.

Sofiane Sylve and Friedemann Vogel, Photo: Daria Klimentová

Sofiane Sylve and Friedemann Vogel, Photo: Daria Klimentová

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8 Responses to “Ballet NEWS | English National Ballet’s Swan Lake in-the-round – casting announced”

  1. Andrea Says:

    Blessings,andrea

  2. The GUILTY HYENA Says:

    Hi I received your comment, about my comment being mistakenly rejected << if that makes sense, I left a comment rambling about how I would have loved to learn Ballet when I was younger! hahaThanks for leaving your comment!

  3. Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} Says:

    I have seen ads for this, and posters in England! It looks so amazing and visually stunning! I wish I could see it.Hope you are having a great week. :)xoxoRachel

  4. Anne Says:

    The video clip looks most impressive. I wish I could go!

  5. The Zhush Says:

    WOW! My favorite ballet at the Royal Albert! Sounds so wonderful, went to see the London Philharmonic play with Eric Clapton back in the nineties there. Can only imagine how amazing it would be to see Swan Lake performed there…..

  6. Noche de verano Says:

    Oh, love your beautiful description of this amazing performance!!!Have a nice day!!

  7. Wise Take Says:

    Wow! 60 tutus!

  8. BALLET NEWS Says:

    Andrea – thank youThe GUILTY HYENA – with you !Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} – worth a trip, definatelyAnne – thank you. Yes, I hope you can too !The Zhush – you need to see it….Noche de verano – very kind of you ! thank youWise Take – indeed. And 120 performers