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Swan Lake on Ice at Arts Centre Melbourne

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Review of the Spectacular Swan Lake on Ice in Melbourne 2018

The Imperial Ice Stars are here! Swan Lake on Ice opened at the Arts Centre Melbourne last night, sprinkling the Stage Theatre with a very special wintery magic.

Swan Lake on Ice

Gliding in from Europe and powered by the unbelievable strength and agility of the world's best championship ice skaters, Swan Lake on Ice in Melbourne is quite simply breath-taking.

Tony Mercer; the award-winning director and choreographer of the Imperial Ice Stars opened last night's performance with a reminder that "Swan Lake on Ice is not a ballet it is a theatrical ice skating show".. and that it is.

The Stage Theatre has been transformed into an ice rink. This is by no means an easy task, taking an entire technical team to craft the Melbourne stage into a wintery wonderland. You can read how this is done here.

Swan Lake on Ice at the Arts Centre Melbourne

The set of Swan Lake on Ice is beautiful, put together one of Australia’s leading scenic designers Eamon D’Arcy. Under the guidance of Tony, Eamon's job was to combine the idea of the romantic ballet with the speed and athleticism of ice skating.

The opening scene of Swan Lake on Ice is influenced by the 1900s matched with costumes reminiscent of the Romanov period in Russian history. The sets that follow adapt with the tone of the story; the lake by day, the lake at night and the palace ballroom.

Speaking of costumes, they are without a doubt one of the highlights of Swan Lake on Ice. Designed by Albina Gabueva, each beautiful costume has been designed with the ice skaters in mind, given that longer dresses would interfere with the blades of the skaters.

Swan Lake on Ice arrives in Australia

As the story progresses, the costumes adapt and change although Odette dressed in white and Odile in black remain true to Tchaikovsky’s original ballet interpretation.

The stars of Swan Lake on Ice are exceptionally talented. The entire performance is filled with toe-picks, triple loops, salchows, flips, axels and unbelievable lifts; sometimes three/four performers together at once.

The synchronisation of these athletes is incredible to watch. In particular, the ice skating adaption of Tchaikovsky's "Danse des petits cygnes" is as wonderful to see on the ice as it is in ballet form.

Quite frankly all the artists in Swan Lake on Ice are phenomenal however, former world champion ice skater Olga Sharutenko playing the lead role of Odette the White Swan is a shining star.

Olga Sharutenko as Odette in Swan Lake on Ice

Swan Lake on Ice in Australia is unique show, unmatched by anything else. Not to be compared to Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, because the two are quite different, Swan Lake on Ice is a captivating theatrical production suitable for all ages. Duration: 2 hours (two 50 minute acts & one 20 minute interval).

See Swan Lake on Ice in Melbourne, Wollongong, Adelaide and Sydney:

3-8 July. Arts Centre Melbourne
13-14 July, WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong
18-22 July, Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
25 -29 July, Capitol Theatre, Sydney.

Book tickets to Swan Lake on Ice in Australia: HERE

Image credits: Suzy Bernstein.

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