Watching the DVD: Prince: Robert Curran, Odette: Madeleine Eastoe, Baroness: Danielle Rowe.
Madeleine Eastoe is heartbreaking as Odette in Act I.
I really like Graeme Murphy’s work with The Australian Ballet: Swan Lake has one of the most recognisable scores in ballet, but he found a new way to tell a story, while keeping the familiar device of women as swans.
The prologue, Odette in the palace at night: does she see the Baroness and Prince Siegfried in each other’s arms?
The wedding: the usual: children, a fussy photographer, a regal Queen, folk dancers entertaining, girlfriends dancing, the happy couple…but who’s this Siegfried can’t keep his eyes off? Odette knows there’s something wrong, and when Siegfried and the Baroness think they’re unobserved, they’re wrong…and Odette becomes hysterical.
I remember when this production was first staged: Lynette Wills’ Baroness really set a benchmark for me, and to my mind, Danielle Rowe didn’t meet that standard. Nothing tangible, just my impression. Robert Curran gets to demonstrate both his solo ability and his superb partnering, and as said earlier. Madeline Eastoe is simply heartbreaking.