World class ice skaters take ‘Swan Lake’ to new heights

World class ice skaters take ‘Swan Lake’ to new heights

The world’s premier theatrical ice-skating company, The Imperial Ice Stars, returns to South Africa with a dynamic new interpretation of its award-winning masterpiece ‘Swan Lake on Ice’. Presented in South Africa by Pieter Toerien, the production opens in January 2016 for a limited season at the Artscape Opera House as part of a world tour celebrating the company’s 10th Anniversary.

Performed in the intimate setting of a frozen theatre stage, to Tchaikovsky’s famous and well-loved score, this production of ‘Swan Lake on Ice’ introduces a new prologue to the classic tale, humanising the legend of a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer. The show features exhilarating new choreography and some of the world’s most stylish dancing on ice from Artistic Director Tony Mercer, widely regarded as the world’s leading creator of theatre on ice.

“Inspired by my research into Tchaikovsky’s original score and intentions for the story, I wanted to create a more realistic interpretation of this much-loved tale, with an ending that was more plausible and left no unanswered questions. I also wanted to transpose the story onto ice, creating a new art form in the process – ice dance in a full theatrical setting,” explains Tony Mercer. “I always felt it was a natural fit, to have swans gliding on ice.”

“I created our original ‘Swan Lake on Ice’ in 2006 in a classical style with elements of contemporary ice dance. With this production I’ve significantly re-worked the choreography to incorporate even more contemporary skating manoeuvres, including elements that have never been seen in the world of figure skating before, and challenged our skaters to reach for new heights!”

The 24 Olympic, World, European and National Championship level skaters, who between them hold more than 250 competition medals, tell the timeless tale through mind-blowing high-speed leaps and throws – and daring manoeuvres so complex they haven’t yet been named – coupled with graceful and sublime ice dancing.
The costuming has also been refined for this new production, with some dazzling and sophisticated designs from renowned costumier Albina Gabueva of Moscow’s Stanislavsky Theatre, and made by the famous Bolshoi Ballet’s costume cutters.

The Imperial Ice Stars are renowned for marrying well-loved classical scores with breath-taking choreography and romantic narrative, creating a fusion of adrenaline-rich ice dancing and dramatic performance.

During the last decade the award-winning troupe has enthralled audiences in 27 countries across five continents, gaining a worldwide following and establishing an unrivalled reputation for their sophisticated portrayals of classic works. Their previous world tours (‘Cinderella on Ice’, ‘Sleeping Beauty on Ice’, ‘Swan Lake on Ice’ and ‘The Nutcracker on Ice’) have been greeted with nightly standing ovations and five-star reviews.

The Imperial Ice Stars last performed in South Africa from December 2013 to February 2014 with ‘The Sleeping Beauty on Ice’, garnering outstanding reviews and raves from local audiences.
This new production of ‘Swan Lake on Ice’ has criss-crossed the globe, performing at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including London’s Royal Albert Hall, Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Grand Theatre, Sydney’s Lyric Theatre and an outdoor season at the Sabatini Palace Gardens in Madrid.

* The season is at the Artscape Opera House from January 14 to 31, 2016.
Performances will run Tuesdays to Fridays at 7.30pm, on Saturdays at 2:30pm and 7.30pm and on Sundays at 2pm and 6pm.
Tickets cost from R100 to R400 and booking is via  computicket.