English National Ballet and English National Ballet School are delighted to announce the My First Ballet: Swan Lake tour. My First Ballet: Swan Lake will open at Peacock Theatre in London on 2 April before embarking on a six-week nationwide tour stopping off at Wimbledon on 15 May. The re-imagined iconic Tchaikovsky ballet made accessible and enjoyable for audiences as young as three years old. Adapted to one hour in length and with a narrator to help young audiences follow the story, My First Ballet: Swan Lake is the perfect way to introduce children to the magic of classical ballet.
The evil magician Rothbart has turned the beautiful princess Odette into a swan: only at night can she return to human form. Will Prince Siegfried be able to save her, or will he fall for Rothbart’s sorcery?
Choreographed by George Williamson, English National Ballet’s Associate Artist, and award-winning former student at English National Ballet School, My First Ballet: Swan Lake is part of the My First Ballet series which enters into its fourth year in 2015. Previous productions in the series include the hugely successful My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty (2012), My First Ballet: Cinderella (2013) and My First Ballet: Coppélia (2014).
George Williamson, Associate Artist, said: ‘I am delighted to be working on the My First Ballet series and proud that English National Ballet and English National Ballet School has led the way in developing these productions for children. This is the fourth ballet in the series and probably the most well-known, with its Tchaikovsky score and famous White and Black Swans it has transfixed thousands of audiences. The production is tailor made for a first time ballet goer and new choreography, narration and a shortened run time mean our young audience discover all the wonderful things about going to the ballet and the magic of Swan Lake. I hope that everyone comes away from the production entertained but most importantly with a new understanding of how ballet can tell a story.’
The My First Ballet series is performed by second year students of English National Ballet School which was founded in 1988 by English National Ballet to provide talented young dancers with the highest quality of training.
My First Ballet: Swan Lake
Friday 15th – Saturday 16th May, Friday 1pm & 4.30pm, Saturday 11am, 2pm & 5pm.
Ticket Price: £11-£28.90
The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1QG
Thursday 26th March 2015