A visit to Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
The opportunity to go to see this production to see our magnificent seven alumni, many whom I have had the pleasure to teach, was unmissable even though it was yet another busy day at Tring Park.
It is such an iconic production that had our pupils buzzing with both anticipation, and, at the interval with complete delight. For some 5th Form pupils the work of Matthew Bourne has been a significant part of their own interest in dance. Ayla said, "Seeing past pupils was really meaningful and inspiring as it sets an example for us". Matt thought it was "eye-opening due to the strength and power shown by the dancers but with such grace" Nathan thought that that "it was amazing and brilliant. It just drew me in and made me think about my own future".
At the interval, our 6th Form dancers were talking about the raw energy as well as the great physicality of the swans and cygnets capturing the movement and behaviour of the creatures, including their aggressive hissing.
It was magical throughout, but especially when the Prince goes into the Swank Bar, a 1970s-style disco, with the dynamic choreography changing from classical ballet to jazz forms and modern dance while still set to the iconic classical score. As Ayla said as well, "The formation of the set was just so cool"
As ever with a Matthew Bourne ballet, this a trip to remember, especially as we had the chance both before and after to meet and thank our alumni for such a performance. Lots of Tring Park staff had proud teacher moments We heard that they did an extra curtain call for us!
Sarah Bell (Head of Lower School)