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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

DANCE INTO THE MAGICAL WORLD OF TCHAIKOVSKY’S SWAN LAKE


Wanna know my very first contact with Swan Lake?

It was during my childhood that I came across this cartoon that left a deep impression on the Swan Lake. That was when I first got to know this beautiful story and appreciate Tchaikovsky's music. Tell me if this brought back memories for you too.


From then on, I have loved this song so much that every time I hear this tune, it would just dive into a sea of emotions that brings back nostalgic childhood memories.

And now......let me share with your this piece of good news! Swan Lake by Ballet West will be showcased in Genting this August! Hoooray!



Hands up my fellow friends who adore Swan Lake too!!!

For the first time ever in Malaysia for their Asia Premiere, a professional full-UK ballet cast is bringing Tchaikovsky’s iconic and mesmerizing Swan Lake to glorious life in a full-length performance at the Genting International Showroom at Resorts World Genting.

With six spectacular shows set to be staged from Aug 24th to 26th, and from Aug 31st to Sept 2nd, be ready to marvel at the graceful moves and pirouettes executed by the masterful dancers from Ballet West UK, as led by soloists Jonathan Barton, Natasha Wilson and Uyu Hiromoto together with ballerinas from the UK and all over Europe.


Show Date
24th – 26th August 2018
31st August – 2nd September 2018
Show Time & Venue
8pm, Genting International Showroom

Grab your tickets here


Here's a glimpse of the show. Aren't your excited?


Get ready to be swept along in the Swan Lake adventure in a 150 minutes show including intermission that will leave you agape at the beauty and grace of ballet accompanied by beloved pieces of musical work. Go on and grab those tickets for this can’t-be-missed show. Tickets starts from RM388 and above.
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Another must attend is an exclusive Ballet West International Masterclass, conducted by Fenton—a versatile dancer from many disciplines that range from contemporary, ballet and jazz. Fenton, together with ballet mistress & professor of applied gymnastics for ballet, Sonia Fajardo will be at hand to tutor aspiring ballerinas longing to turn this art into a lifelong vocation—with helpful tips and showcase to improve your work. Priced at RM585 per masterclass, the masterclasses are available on 22nd August, 23rd August, 24th August and 30th August at the Arena of Stars, Genting.



AS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE WORLD-CLASS DANCERS FROM BALLET WEST UK
A widespread and highly technical form of dance, ballet is believed to have originated during the Italian Renaissance and made popular by the King Louis XIV’s court throughout history. Ballet is an artistic dance form performed to music, using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures.

Classical ballet, which originated in Renaissance Italy and established its present form during the 19th century, is characterized by light, graceful movements and the use of pointed shoes with reinforced toes. Today, the dance form has evolved into a globally influential force and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres and cultures. It is precisely this reason why it is so beloved by audience all over the world and why ballerinas in the world earn respect and awe for their dedication to the prestigious art form.



In 1875, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed Swan Lake, a masterpiece that would be synonymous with his name alongside The Nutcracker. Featuring some of the most beloved pieces in the classical canon, Swan Lake is a spellbinding riveting tale of love, magic and tragedy, chronicling the tale of how Prince Siegfried fell in love with the beautiful Odette while he was hunting by a lake during his birthday. Unfortunately, Odette’s curse by the evil sorcerer Van Rothbart stand in the way of their growing love. 1877, the first Swan Lake ballet premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and it has continued to win the hearts of its audience all over the world for over two centuries. The secret to Swan Lake’s popularity is not just in Tchaikovsky’s genius—it is also attributed to the beauty of ballet as an art form to effectively bring the compelling story of Odette and Prince Siegfried to life.
SWAN LAKE BY BALLET WEST UK – ASIA PREMIERE

A pioneer in the world of dance, Ballet West UK has been responsible for building numerous success stories in the ballet world for over 28 years—which is why you are in for a treat when the curtains lift for this production. They have a track record of sold out performances in more than 40 cities in UK, Europe and China, including Swan Lake in Scotland, Romeo & Juliet in China and Nutcracker in China.

A GLIMPSE INTO THE PRODUCTION OF “SWAN LAKE BY BALLET WEST UK” Putting a production together was never an easy task. It takes a team of dedicated, passionate and talented team whether it is on the front or at the back-end production to see things through till the very end. Swan Lake by Ballet West was no exception. In fact, it took a team of 40 people with top ballet master Daniel Jobs; one of the few ballet masters left in the world who has worked with legends like George Balanchine, Margot Fonteyn and John Cranko , and the creame de la creame of the ballet world to come together to produce this show in a span of 6 months. The dancers of Swan Lake by Ballet West UK goes through a series of auditions to ace the areas of versatility, strong technique, creative improvisation skills and powerful-presence in dancers. “We want to see how the dancers use their movement vocabulary to move and express in the respective roles. Out of 113 that auditioned, we’ve selected 11, to join our existing company, for Malaysia.”, said Daniel Job.
Aside from observing a strict diet, the dancers are required to adhere to vigorous training programs to prepare them both physically and mentally for each of the role they played; and that would means back to back daily full rehearsals throughout training periods that could lasted up to five months.



The other most important elements in a ballet production are the very fine details to costumes. Showcasing only the very best for this production, the costumes in Swan Lake by Ballet West UK are all individually hand sewn pieces. The very best fabrics from Scotland and the US were specially flown to the UK where they were individually hand sewn by the wardrobe mistress ; with each tutu costing up to 2000 pounds and will require up to 90 hours to make with about 100m of material.



A ballerina’s pointe shoes are yet another important aspect to the production’s costume. As dancers have different type of feet and toe length, arch flexibility and strength, all pointe shoes in this production need to be customized and handmade in the UK. The shoes are wrapped in beautiful satin and each shoe has a life-span of about 12-15hours each. So the entire Swan Lake Production may go through about 500 pair of shoes, just for the time we they are in Malaysia!


“Danced in Swan Lake many times, including with the English National Ballet. However being in the Swan Lake by Ballet West UK production is very emotional. Its beautifully choreographed by Daniel Job; a legend, amongst the Scottish Highlands. There are beautiful lochs (lakes in Scottish) surrounding where we rehearse... the character feels real & comes alive. It feels like home. And for us to bring this production to Malaysia, we are truly honoured.” – Natasha Watson; lead cast in Swan Lake by Ballet West UK
With a production with high stakes like Swan Lake by Ballet West, you will find only the best of the best at the helm; in this case, it is choreographer extraordinaire Daniel Job who also serves as artistic advisor and ballet master for this production. He has won awards like the Maya Plisetskaya Competition Russia and his amazing body of work can be found with George Balanchine, Dame Margot Fonteyn, American Ballet Theatre, Geneva Opera, Deutche Opera Berlin, Les Ballets de Marseille and the Royal Danish Ballet.


Excellence, strength, technique, beauty and grace with superb acting abilities are showcased by the dancers of Ballet West UK.


A backstage scene from the rehearsal

Rounding up the all-star cast are talents from The Dance Company & Ballet West International Touring Company like ballet master Jonathan Barton and Natasha Watson. The former is a Genee medalist coach while the latter is an actress, a budding choreographer, a Genee medallist and the only British dancer to compete at the Prix de Lausanne in 2015.

They will be joined by Uyu Hiromoto, principal dancer, medalist at the South Africa International Ballet Competition, BBC Young Dancer Finalist, Genee Finalist and recipient of the prestigious Solo Seal Award.

Enjoy the show!

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