Review: Swan Lake at Ferneham Hall in Fareham

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The Moscow Ballet of Classical Choreography – La Classique were founded in 1990 and have toured extensively: Egypt, Thailand, China, Australia and Europe as well as the UK. Elik Melikov is the director of this adaptation of one of the best known ballets – Swan Lake.

Tchaikovsky’s iconic and well-known music is the backdrop to one of my favourite ballets. The costumes were beautiful and the dancers exquisite in their execution of the familiar choreography. The dancers’ timing was impeccable while the spacing of the dancers was challenged only very slightly by the wide but shallow Ferneham Hall stage.

The production was appreciated by the audience. At the curtain call Benno, dressed as a court jester, received an audible cheer followed by Von Rothbart getting a good-natured boo!

Odette/Odile was played beautifully. She didn’t falter on her pirouettes and I lost count at 24. The strength of the male dancer playing Prince Siegfried showed in the many lifts as part of the pas de deux between him and Odette/Odile.

This is the third company I have seen present Swan Lake. Whilst it didn’t attract as big an audience as Matthew Bourne’s production at Mayflower Theatre in 2014 it nevertheless compares very favourably.

I will certainly be back at Ferneham Hall, when The Moscow Ballet returns in October with their production of Sleeping Beauty.