Renowned for her galvanizing interpretations of great classical ballets, the young South African choreographer and dancer Dada Masilo presents a caustic adaptation of Swan Lake. Combining classical and African dance, she incarnates with fiery spirit the beautiful Odette, who as a victim of a sorcerer’s curse is turned into a white swan each day at dawn. But in her version, Prince Siegfried falls in love neither with her nor her double. To the great sorrow of his parents, he succumbs to the charms of a decidedly male black swan, an attraction that proves fatal. Homophobia, forced marriages, the legacy of apartheid and the ravages of AIDS are evoked with humour, sensitivity and lucid intelligence in a vigorous work of astounding beauty.
Choregraphy Dada Masilo
Music Tchaïkovsky, Steve Reich, René Avenant, Camille Saint-Saëns, Arvo Pärt Lighting Design Suzette Le Sueur
Costume Design Dada Masilo Suzette Le Sueur
Costume Confection Ann and Kirsten Bailes
Hats Confection Karabo Legoabe
Production The Dance Factory, Suzette Le Sueur