photos received 10th August 2004
Swan Lake - Act II
I just wanted to let you know that our performance on Saturday, 24th July was a tremendous success. I attach a photo of the corps in Swan Lake and you will see how lovely your tutus looked. If you want to use it for publicity you are more than welcome but we would appreciate an acknowledgement to William Potter. I also attach a backstage shot showing the Cygnets which was taken by one of the dancers.
I didn't produce a large programme this time, just one A4 sheet double sided but attach it here for your info as we did include an acknowledgement to you.
Benno is looking for Siegfried in a clearing by the lakeside where the evil magician, Von Rothbart, lurks in the shadows. Siegfried arrives just as a flock of swans flies in to settle. He hides as one of the swans transforms into a beautiful maiden, the Swan Queen Odette. Frightened, she tells him that she and her companions are victims of Von Rothbart, who has cast a spell over them, making them swans by day. Only at night by the enchanted lake, a lake of tears shed by Odette's mother, can they return to human form. The spell can be broken only if one who has never loved before swears to love Odette forever. Von Rothbart appears but Odette prevents Siegfried from shooting him - if he dies, the spell can never be broken.
The swan maidens appear and surround Benno. He goes to fire, but Siegfried arrives in time to stop them. Odette begs that the swan maidens should not be harmed and Benno departs, leaving Siegfried alone with Odette and the maidens.
Odette and Siegfried express their love for each other. As dawn approaches he tries to hold on to her, but the power of the spell draws her and the maidens become swans again.
We are grateful to Justine Berri for stepping as Odette at fairly short notice. Laura Smith was originally to dance the role but was taken into hospital with appendicitis.
Interval - 15 Minutes
Pas des Déesses
Russian Court Dance
Peasant Pas de Deux from Giselle Act I
Papillon Pas de Deux
Pas de Quatre
Interval - 15 Minutes
GISELLE ~ ACT II - A FOREST CLEARING
Hilarion keeps vigil by Giselle's grave, which lies deep in the forest in unconsecrated ground. It is midnight, the time when the Wilis appear. Hilarion flees in terror when confronted by these apparitions.
Myrthe, their queen, now arrives from the marshes and summons her Wilis. She draws Giselle from her grave to be initiated into their rites. The Wilis disperse as Albrecht approaches, searching for Giselle's grave. He lays flowers at the cross and when Giselle's spirit appears to him he follows it into the forest.
Hilarion, pursued by the Wilis, returns and is forced into an endless dance. Exhausted, he is driven into the lake, where he drowns. The Wilis now seek out Albrecht, and when Myrthe commands him to dance Giselle urges him to the safety of the cross; but he is powerless when Myrthe orders Giselle to entice him away by dancing with him. Giselle tries to sustain him, but as the night wears on he becomes weaker and weaker. Just as he is about to die, dawn breaks. Daylight destroys the Wilis' power and the ghostly dancers fade away. Giselle, whose love has transcended death, returns to her grave, her spirit freed from the power of the Wilis, leaving Albrecht sorrowing and alone.
Giselle: Louise Hudson Albrecht: Lucas Lundgren
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