If I could sum up the Boston Ballets production of Sean Lake in one word (and that’s hard!) it would be mesmerizing. I have never had my eyes glued to the stage so hard, on the verge of tears. My aunt and mom came with me this time, my aunt had done ballet and pointe as a kid/teen and was excited to see her first production. My moms been hooked since Onegin and wants to go to all of them now (except I have to buy next time haha)!
The ballet started out just as you would expect, with a girl being dragged into the lake and bewitched into a swan. The Prince is celebrating his birthday and receives a shiny new bow, in which he wants to use in a hunt, where he meets the Swan Queen, Odette. She is scared and timid, but they fall in love. The Principal dancers were Ashley Ellis as Odette/Odile, Eris Nezha as Prince Siegfried and Bo Busby as Rothbart the evil sorcerer.
Ellis drew you in to the beauty and desire of the swan as the story unfolded. When the prince promised to love her and break the curse, and then faltered, her emotion was powerful, raw and real. It brought tears to all of our eyes.
When the third act opened, the swans rose from the fog in the most unforgettable display of beauty that I will remember forever. As a photographer, I would seriously love a print of that moment with the swans rising from the fog, it was breathtaking! Boston Ballet has a photo of it on their page that I borrowed for sake of this blog to show you!
The third act was a stunning array of deception, scandal and passion. When the Prince realizes he has made a tragic mistake and trapped Odette forever, they dance until the sorcerer is killed, unlike most versions of the production. The lovers then have nothing to live for and acend into the lake to die.
I have to say, the ending was changed drastically from all the Swan Lakes I’ve seen online. There was no dying swan solo, which I was looking foreward to. But in some ways, it wasn’t needed. I liked the story change, where they are together no matter what and the sorcerer is defeated.
Another marvelous production!
Here are some photos from the day and some swan photography from my week!