Swan Lake's fairy tale twist
THE world's best-known ballet is given a fairy tale twist as it soars into its 13th decade.
Swan Lake landed in Cork Opera House last night with six male 'swans' in a corps de ballet of 18 dancers -- including the dancer pictured above .
And Cork City Ballet company's first full length production subtly twists a legacy that dates back to the ballet's first ever performance in 1895.
Artistic director Alan Foley said: "Unlike the unalloyed tragedy most people cherish, this version ends with a fairy tale twist."
The spectacular production still features classic elements including the famous cygnets dance for four girls and Act Three's climatic Black Swan pas de deux.
The ballet opened last night and runs until Saturday -- with only a few tickets remaining for the performances.
Photo: Miki Barlok