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Cork City Ballet presents Swan Lake

Cork City Ballet in association with the Cork Opera House, Cork City Council and Benchmark International presents Swan Lake.

If you have never seen Swan Lake, now's the time! Cork City Ballet is back, and the company's full-length production of this ballet lays claim to a legacy that extends back to its premiere at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1895.

Dancers preforming in Swan Lake

Speaking at the recent launch of Swan Lake, Artistic Director Alan Foley said: “unlike the unalloyed tragedy most people cherish, this version ends with a fairy-tale twist. Chief choreographer - Yuri Demakov and I have re-produced the original Petipa/Ivanov choreography where the prince destroys the evil sorcerer Rothbart and is joyfully reunited with the “Swan Queen”.

Cork City Ballet’s production promises to be spectacular, from the opulent costumes to the alluring sets, especially the opening scene's gold-tinged, tree-framed park in the shadow of the great castle and lake.

All the well-loved elements are still in place including the magical “white acts”, with the famous cygnets’ dance for four girls; the exquisite white swan pas de deux; and the Act 3 climactic ‘Black Swan’ pas de deux complete with thirty-two fouettés - all wrapped up in Tchaikovsky’s glorious score.

The production will feature Katerina Petrova- Prima Ballerina of the Sofia State Ballet and her partner Tsetso Ivanov who will dance the lead roles of Odette/Odile and Prince Siegfried. They will be accompanied by soloists and a full corps de ballet.

Swan Lake opens at the Cork Opera House on Thursday 2nd November and runs until Saturday 4th November, with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm.

For further information or images please contact:

Colette McNamee, Press Officer, Cork City Ballet Company, Tel: 087-2437095 Email:

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