REVIEW Ballet Lake Swan Playhouse Whitley Bay By Connie Rusk Moscow Ballet La Classique took to the stage to perform a breathtaking production of Swan Lake at Playhouse Whitley Bay this week.
Little girls in their best dresses clutched their mothers' hands, voices high and excitedly squealing as they waited for the theaRtre to open.
As the red, velvet curtains opened, they saw the first glimpse of the ballerinas, who stood on stage in ball gowns and royal wear to mark Prince Siegfried's 21st birthday.
Then they began to dance. Each move was performed with skill and precision, and there was a fluidity between the drama of Tchaikovsky's music and the beauty of the ballerinas dancing.
The biggest applause of act one was for the fool, Maxim Marnin, whose admirable athleticism saw him perform a number of pirouettes while the chorus of dancers moved in synchronicity.
When the swans first made their appearance, disguised behind scenery of woods and smoke, the fun and laughter from the audience in the previous scene vanished.
It was when Odette, the White Swan, appeared that the theatre was truly enchanted. As the lead female, Nadejda Ivanova danced among a sea of white feathers and tutus.
After the interval, Nadejda transformed into the black swan, Odille, accompanied by evil sorcerer, Von Rothbart, as she tries to win the Prince's affections.
The show ended on a high note, when the Prince, Aleksandr Tarasov, fell in love with the White Swan, Odette, breaking the spell cast on her. As the evil magician, Von Rothbart, dramatically dies and then log rolls to the back of the stage, sniffs are heard in the audience, as true love had been found at last.