Friday, 20 June 2014

Dada Masilo's Swan Lake

Photo: John Hogg
Swan Lake, Sadler's Wells - reviewed on 18th June
"Ballet but not as you know it" is the description on the leaflets for Dada Masilo's Swan Lake, and that describes it pretty accurately. There's an irreverent whizz through the ballet's story, with mocking 'seaweed arms' and the 'he doesn't love me' floor pose, plus a gay hero and even a male Dying Swan (on pointe).
Masilo combines her African dance background with more classical steps in the choreography, and whilst the effect feels rough around the edges, it's frequently very funny and very effective. I'm not ready to give up the classical Swan Lake just yet, but this offers a tempting alternative if I did.

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