For the first time, the renowned Ballets de Monte-Carlo brings its full troupe to Australia, showcasing its superb dancers in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s modern take on Swan Lake.
Maillot, the company’s director, responds to Tchaikovsky’s immortal score with a provocative vision that pits black against white and good against evil. As in the traditional production, the Prince lives uneasily in his parents’ court, under pressure to marry. Nostalgic for his childhood love, the White Swan, he rejects all possible brides. But the villainous Her Majesty the Night, transforming her daughter into a Black Swan, has other plans for him.
A blend of neo-classical ballet and modern dance, LAC signals its departure from tradition and its plunge into the depths of the psyche with costumes by Winter Olympics designer Philippe Guillotel. Guillotel says on the one hand, the court, elegance and decorum, and on the other hand animal desire, inscrutability and violence. Set designer Ernest Pignon-Ernest constructs an architecture of black-and-white silk and black metal to frame the fears and desires of the characters.
Do not miss this unique chance to see an adventurous company turn tradition upside-down.