Bal­let com­pany be­gins tour of clas­sic Swan Lake, with ap­pear­ances to take place in Ar­gyll

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

BAL­LET West’s Scot­tish tour of Swan Lake will fea­ture two out­stand­ing young dancers, Natasha Wat­son and Uyu Hiro­moto, in the con­trast­ing roles of Odette and Odille.

They will be part­nered by Bal­let West’s se­nior prin­ci­pal dancer, Jonathan Bar­ton, danc­ing the role of Prince Seigfried.

Nearly 100 of Bal­let West’s stu­dents, to­gether with guest artists and stu­dents from Bal­let West’s Glas­gow and Ed­in­burgh as­so­ciates, will be tak­ing part in the tour which opens at the Mac­robert in Stir­ling on Jan­uary 20 and moves on to He­lens­burgh, Pais­ley, Oban, Glas­gow, Greenock and Liv­ingston, fin­ish­ing in Ed­in­burgh on Fe­bru­ary 18.

Genée medal­list Natasha Wat­son is orig­i­nally from Falkirk. She grad­u­ated from Bal­let West in 2015 and has danced with English Na­tional Bal­let and Scot­tish Bal­let. Uyu Hiro­moto is a Ja­panese Genée fi­nal­ist and sec­ond-year stu­dent at Bal­let West.

The chore­og­ra­pher is Daniel Job, Bal­let West’s chore­og­ra­pher and artis­tic ad­viser. It is based on the original chore­og­ra­phy by Petipa and Ivanov. Daniel says: ‘The tal­ented young dancers at Bal­let West will pro­vide a won­der­ful night's en­ter­tain­ment for peo­ple of all ages.’

‘For Bal­let West’s stu­dents on HND and de­gree cour­ses, our pop­u­lar an­nual tours pro­vide in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence in per­form­ing for au­di­ences in many dif­fer­ent venues. It is also a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for them to dance along­side ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sional dancers. In ad­di­tion to beau­ti­ful dancers, au­di­ences will ap­pre­ci­ate stun­ning sets and cos­tumes,’ said Gil­lian Bar­ton, prin­ci­pal of Bal­let West.

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