The Imperial Ice Stars are back in Jozi with a dynamic new interpretation of its award-winning production ‘Swan Lake on Ice’ – just in time for the festive season. Showing at The Teatro at Montecasino from Friday, December 3, to January 10, the production is 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 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 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 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 reworked 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,” adds the director.
The 24 Olympic, World, European and National Championship level skaters, who between them hold more than 250 competition medals, tell the timeless tale through high-speed leaps and throws – and daring manoeuvres so complex they haven’t yet been named – coupled with graceful ice dancing.
In addition acrobatics, aerial gymnastics and new pyrotechnic effects add drama and mystery to the theatrical experience.
The costuming has also been refined for this new production, with designs from renowned costumier Albina Gabueva of Moscow’s Stanislavsky Theatre, and made by the famous Bolshoi Ballet’s costume cutters.
During the last decade the award winning Imperial Ice Stars troupe has enthralled audiences in 27 countries across five continents, gaining a worldwide following and establishing a 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’’.
This new production of ‘Swan Lake on Ice’ has criss-crossed the globe, showcasing 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.
* Performances take place on Tuesdays to Fridays at 7.30pm; Saturdays at 2.30pm and 7.30pm; and Sundays at 2pm and 6pm.
Tickets priced between R100 and R400 can be booked at Computicket.