BRB to tour Swan Lake

Published: 7 December 2019
Reporter: Vera Liber

Tyrone Singleton as Prince Siegfried and Celine Gittens as Odette in Swan Lake Credit: Roy Smiljanic

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake, first created in 1981 by Sir Peter Wright and Galina Samsova, will tour the UK together with First Steps and Swan Lake Dreams.

Swan Lake will tour from 29 January to 4 April 2020, with Tchaikovsky’s score played live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, to Southampton, Birmingham, Salford, Sunderland and Plymouth.

By a moonlit lake, a grieving prince witnesses the transformation of a swan into a beautiful princess. Compelled by an evil spell to spend her days in the form of a bird, she can only be saved by the power of love.

The cast will include Céline Gittens and Momoko Hirata in the double principal roles of Odette and Odile, partnered respectively with Tyrone Singleton and César Morales as Prince Siegfried.

There will be a relaxed performance of Swan Lake during its Birmingham run.

Alongside the full production, an hour-long, interactive afternoon show, First Steps, features excerpts from the ballet performed by BRB dancers and the full orchestra interspersed with scenes in which a storyteller sets the scene, introducing the children to the music and characters.

Swan Lake Dreams, for ballet students of all ages and abilities, will feature cast of approximately 70 students from each of the Birmingham, Plymouth and Southampton areas. Open to ballet students aged 8+, the Swan Lake Dreams project gives participants an insight into the company's workings.

BRB Participation Manager Rebecca Brookes said, “we are thrilled to be working inclusively with ballet students across the country to encourage their passion for dance. After the success in previous years of our Sleeping Beauty Dreams and Cinderella Dreams projects, Swan Lake Dreams aims to reach even more talented and aspiring dancers and to provide enjoyable and empowering experiences for those interested in learning more about a leading international ballet company.”