For as long as I can remember I've always wanted to go to the ballet. As a young girl I took ballet lessons, and remember the feeling I got when my mother bought my beautiful pink ballet shoes and tutu. I would dance in front of the mirror dreaming of being a ballerina. I will always remember the moment in the musical A Chorus Line when the character Sheila opens up revealing her mother married young, and her father never loved or cared for them. Her mother was a ballerina and had to give it up when she got married. As a child, her mother took her to the ballet to escape from her unhappy family life.
Debora Krizak was a knockout in her role as Sheila in the Australian production of A Chorus Line with her rendition of At The Ballet. Photo: Debora Krizak
My dream of becoming a ballerina changed when I found my love for singing. However, to this day I've not yet been to the ballet. It's been on my bucket list for so long, and now I have the chance when the most audacious and internationally successful dance show ever produced - Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake returns to Australia in October.
The ground breaking reinvention of ballet's most loved Tchaikovsky classic is entering its 20th year, has won over 30 international awards, with sell out seasons on the West End, Broadway, and throughout the world.
The revival season last year at London's Sadler's Well Theatre, was the same place it exploded onto in 1995. The current production includes a number of changes made by the director and choreographer Matthew Bourne, the most since the show opened on Broadway in 1998. Audiences around the world are still moved and entertained in equal measure by this beloved production.
The exciting line up of the finest company of dancers is one of the best the production has ever had. Its best known for its menacing pack of wild swans, replacing the traditional fluttering female corps de ballet with male dancers. The bold switch became the winning signature of Bourne's interpretation, one that brought a very modern sensibility brimming with style, wit and poignancy to the classic tale. It was Swan Lake which put Bourne, the set and costume designer Lez Brotherston and the company's troupe of dancers on the international map.
The reinvented Swan Lake has astounded critics and audiences alike.
Give me a tragic love story any time, it just tears at my heart strings!