Swans gliding on ice

Swan Lake on Ice
Swan Lake on Ice
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One of Tchaikovsky’s famous classical ballets will be performed on ice at the Southampton Mayflower next week.

The Imperial Ice Stars’ new version of Swan Lake features new choreography and some of the world’s most stylish dancing on ice as well as new effects and costumes.

Twenty-six world, European and national championship skaters, between them holding more than 250 competition medals, will perform some feats so complex they haven’t yet been named.

Choreographer Tony Mercer says: ‘Inspired by my research into Tchaikovsky’s original score and intentions for the story, I wanted to create a more realistic interpretation of this much-loved tale and transpose it on to ice.

‘I wanted to create a new art form in the process – ice-dance in a full theatrical setting. I always felt it was a natural fit, to have swans gliding on ice.

‘I created our original Swan Lake on Ice four years ago in a classical style with elements of contemporary ice dance. With this production I have significantly reworked the choreography to incorporate even more contemporary skating manoeuvres, and challenged our skaters to reach for new heights.’

Costumes are designed by Albina Gabueva of Moscow’s Stanislavsky Theatre and made by the Bolshoi Ballet’s costume cutters.

n Performances are from Tuesday to Saturday. Tickets: (023) 8071 1811 or mayflower.org.uk.