Woodend Barn will be participating in the Royal Opera House’s first live screening of the season on Tuesday 23 October at 7.15pm, which will see Anthony Dowell’s production of Swan Lake, performed by The Royal Ballet, beamed around the world to 900 cinemas in 32 countries.
Surely the greatest of all Romantic ballets, Swan Lake is a perfect synthesis of choreography and music. Though Tchaikovsky did not live to see the work become a success, his first ballet score is now synonymous with ballet itself, inspiring generations of dancers and crossing over into popular culture.
In creating this production, Anthony Dowell aimed to return to an authentic version of the choreography created for the Mariinsky Theatre in 1895. Yolanda Sonnabend’s designs draw on the Russian Imperial Court of that period with an inspired blend of historical accuracy and gothic fantasy.
The ballet was the basis for the Hollywood film Black Swan, which will be screened the following day, Wednesday 24 October, at 7.30pm. A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company.
Woodend Barn will be screening further live performances from the Royal Opera House this winter including, The Nutcracker, on Thursday 13 December, and Puccini’s opera La Bohème on Tuesday 15 January.