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Sunday 24 March 2019

Edgy, dynamic 'Swan Lake' is a big hit at Opera House

Abby Ormond, who played Princess Odette and Odile
Abby Ormond, who played Princess Odette and Odile
The Jesters
Éilish Coady as the Queen

Anna Hayes

The staff and students of the Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts are taking a well-earned break after their production of Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake' went down a treat at the National Opera House.

The students performed to a sold-out O'Reilly Theatre, bringing the audience through the magical ballet favourite.

A clever fusion of classical ballet and contemporary dance, the production was the brainchild of Suzanne O'Leary, school principal and teacher. She took on the classical white swan corps while she handed over the responsibility of the black swan corps to new teacher Sorcha O'Connor.

Sorcha is a former pupil of the school. She trained in London's Laban College and was awarded her BA honours degree.

The splitting of the corps between two choreographers helped to create great contrast between the graceful lines of the white swans and the dynamic and powerful black swan corp.

The lead roles were entrusted to two young dancers in the school. The lead part of Odette/Odile was danced by 15-year-old Abby Ormond, while 17-year-old Alex Saunders danced the role of Prince Siegfried. Alex is currently preparing to audition for dance colleges in London.

The cygnet dancers were Emma Kirwan, Beth Miller, Sadhbh Neville and Aobhin McGrath. The two graceful white swans were danced by Holly Johnston and Sarah Moran, who faced off against the brilliant Caitlin Carty and Eimear O'Donnegain as the lead black swans.

The Queen was portrayed by Éilish Coady with Louis Pinaqui and Evan Farrell as her pages. The evil Rothbart was danced menacingly by Jonny Smith.

The group is on a break now until the New Year when they will face into examinations, a musical theatre show in May, and their end of year performance in June, both of which will be in the National Opera House. A group is also scheduled to perform in Disneyland Paris in August.

Wexford People

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