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Swan Lake Saint Petersburg Classical Ballet | Lighthouse Poole | Review

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It's no secret how much Megan loves the ballet.Last week whilst mooching around Wimborne Library she spotted a book “The Orchard Book of Stories from the Ballet” retold by Geraldine McCaughrean. It's beautifully illustrated and reads like a classic fairytale retelling the story simply of some of Megan's most favourite ballet, including The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Swan Lake Lighthouse

Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet returned to Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts from 24-28 January complete with full orchestra to perform Giselle and Swan Lake. Megan was so excited to see the performance especially as she has just taken her Ballet exam and Daddy Moo installed a ballet barre for her. We've had a few odd jobs to do around the house and sadly Daddy Moo's drill has been on it's last legs! Luckily FFX came to the rescue and offered us a Makita Combi Drill he literally jumped at the chance. Megan has been after a ballet barre for a while now but you'd be surprised how expensive they are. In good old fashion upcycling style we rescued an old neglected, off to the tip stair rail which the Makita made light work of installing as a ballet barre. We now have one super happy ballerina.

ballet barre installation

Swan Lake is Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, a tragic tale of love and betrayal with an instantly recognisable score.This is the epic story of Prince Siegfried and his true love Odette who, tricked by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart and his daughter Odile, would rather die together than live apart. It always amazes me how sad and tragic the stories are and yet they are told in such a delicate manner. Once the performance was finished she insisted we see the orchestra and she watched them pack up their instruments and told them how good they were.

Megan (9) : It was AMAZING!!! All the dancers were really good. I loved their pretty dresses. I thought that the ladies dancing the parts of Odette and Odile were the best. It was positively the 2nd best ballet I've seen.

Swan LakeSaint Petersburg Classic Ballet’s youthful company has been earning rave reviews from audiences and dance critics, thanks to their technical ability and heartwarming storytelling. Under the direction of Marina Medvetskaya, the company has won plaudits across Russia, Scandinavia, the United States and the UK. Combining classical training and technique with the best-loved Russian ballets, their performances have an air of magic and feature stunning sets, lavish costumes and sublime dancers. I just love watching Megan watching ballet, she gets utterly lost in the music and dance.  



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  1. I've always wanted to go to see a ballet, the picture of those ballerinas are beautiful :) I think it's amazing how they tell a story. X

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  2. How fabulous that you went to see Swan Lake. I went to a performance by a Russian ballet once, that I won in a competition. It was brilliant. Such an experience.

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