Final preparations underway for Duchy Ballet's Swan Lake
By NigelB | Friday, March 22, 2013, 12:18
Final preparations are underway for Duchy Ballet's performance of Swan Lake at the Hall for Cornwall at the end of March.
Over 200 costumes, which include 40 swan and cygnet outfits, are almost ready for the full dress rehearsal ahead of the dance company's four performances in Truro on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23.
It will feature 100 children from across Cornwall who began rehearsing before Christmas.
Artistic director, Kay Jones, who is marking three anniversaries this year, will also be on stage in the role of the Queen Mother at the Friday evening performance.
Kay said: "The preparation is going really well and everyone is very excited about the performances. The dancers who have worked so hard in rehearsals are now looking forward to the arrival of our principal dancers.
"The team behind the scenes has done an incredible job with the costumes, lighting and set. As well as the 40 swan and cygnet costumes, there are new designs for the big waltz in Act 1, all lovingly created and which will be a feast for the eye on the stage.
"Someone asked me how much material, cotton and sequins we'd used. We're unable to give a definitive answer, but all we know is it's a lot.
"The dancers have also used hundreds of plasters on their toes as well!"
The shows will feature husband and wife principal dancers, Phillip Velinov and Natalia Ashikhmina from the Louisville Ballet in Kentucky, USA. It will be the second trip to Cornwall for the duo after they performed to great acclaim in Duchy Ballet's Giselle in 2012.
For more information on the Duchy Ballet please visit www.duchyballet.co.uk.
To book tickets to Swan Lake at the Hall for Cornwall please visit www.hallforcornwall.co.uk or call the box office on 01872 262466.
Performances are at 2pm and 7.30pm on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23.