Noisy, humorous, earthy – this
Noisy, humorous, earthy – this is Swan Lake as you have never seen before. The best-known work of South African dancer-choreographer Dada Masilo, Swan Lake overturns the traditional love story and hijacks the codes of classical ballet. Here, African dance styles rub shoulders with ballet and contemporary moves, and both men and women are swans. In between arabesques, there are stomping bare feet, swaying hips and energetic hoots against a score by Tchaikovsky, Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt. Masilo herself plays a fiery and kinetic version of Odette.
Masilo breathes new life into this classic story with a powerful reflection on prejudice and freedom. Against their wishes, Odette and Siegfried are forced into an arranged marriage. But Siegfried struggles to speak the truth that he longs for the male swan Odile. Trapped within the conventions their society has enforced, the trio search to reconcile their hopeless situation expressed through poetic choreography.
An alumnus of the renowned P.A.R.T.S institution in Brussels, Masilo is renowned for her reinterpretations of classics of the Western dance canon, which fuse ballet, contemporary and African dance seamlessly. Her arresting physical vocabulary emerged from the desire to enable dancers of diverse bodies to perform the great stories in dance. Performed with spirited dancing, by turns generously funny and poignant, Swan Lake will invoke laughter and tears.
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