Swan Lake 370.
(photo credit: John Hogg)
The two entertainment producers who formed The Imperial Ice Stars group 10 years
ago, hit a bonanza. They collected a number of former ice skating medalists of
international and regional competitions and adapted famous and much loved
ballets for ice rings and dent them to dazzle on most respectable stages around
Judging by the full house at Tel Aviv Opera House, the idea,
contrary to my assumption, appealed mainly to adults.
There is no point
in trying to compare this Swan Lake show to the classical ballet though both
disciplines may be part of stage entertainment category, along with circus
acrobats and tight rope walkers, which rely on their body and require long years
of practice. Ice skating has its own advantages, as well as limitations when it
comes to dancing. So there is no way on earth that a production of Swan Lake on
Ice, will satisfy balletomanes to the core.
But then, its not meant to
replace ballet, but to offer a different mass entertainment proposition, and
this production, loaded with hair raising acrobatics, aerial numbers and the
ever surfing and floating human figures, easily dazzle the viewers with spinning
top like pirouettes.
It was a colorful production, with changing sets,
beautiful performers with good technique. The basic story freely adapted so it
could accommodate more dramatic scenes and special effects like a flying swan,
Peter Pan style, a huge ring of fire on the icy floor, along endless spectacular
lifts and hair raising duels, needed to cover the ice skaters greatest drawback:
their movements lexicon is on the short side and the stage is not large enough
to enable speed and acceleration required for performance at Olympic level. Yet,
by and large, the Tel Aviv audience loved them.
Swan Lake on Ice will be
performed on 24/9 at Jerusalem Theater, and on 26, 27/9 at Congress Center,