This Spring, The Royal Ballet's production of Swan Lake returns to the Royal Opera House.
Liam Scarlett's version of the ballet (based on the Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov choreography) was created in 2018, three years before his tragic death at 35.
Scarlett's position with The Royal Ballet ended in March 2020 after he was accused of sexual misconduct, and his name was dropped from the programme by an understandably nervous Royal Opera House, even though an independent investigation concluded there were “no matters to pursue”.
So how gladdening it is to see this phrase in the latest press release for the upcoming run:
This reimagining of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov's towering masterpiece by Liam Scarlett is testament to the late choreographer's abiding love of classicism and innate musicality, with a sublime, haunting score by Tchaikovsky and glittering designs by John Macfarlane.
Amongst a rich number of casts, two dancers make their debut in some of the most challenging roles in the repertory: Mariko Sasaki as Odette/Odile with Joseph Sissens as Prince Siegfried.
In addition to the stage run (6 March – 11 May 2024 and 12 – 28 June 2024), the production will be broadcast live to cinemas worldwide on Wednesday 24 April with Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball in the leading roles.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.