"I created our original Swan Lake on Ice four years ago in a classical style with elements of contemporary ice dance. With this production I've significantly re-worked the choreography to incorporate even more contemporary skating manoeuvres, and challenged our skaters to reach for new heights again!"
From 2010-2012 The Imperial Ice Stars are touring 22 countries, from New Zealand to Scotland, with a dynamic new interpretation of this award-winning masterpiece.
This production of Swan Lake on Ice features exhilarating new choreography from Artistic Director Tony Mercer, widely regarded as the world's leading creator of theatre on ice, as well as new effects and costumes.
The 26 World, European and National Championship skaters, who between them hold more than 250 competition medals, continue to break new ground in the genre of ice dance with their daring and graceful feats – some of which are so complex they haven't yet been named – in the intimate setting of a frozen theatre stage.
"Inspired by my research into Tchaikovsky's original score and intentions for the story, I wanted to create a more realistic interpretation of this much-loved tale and transpose it onto ice, creating a new art form in the process – ice dance in a full theatrical setting," explains Tony Mercer. "I always felt it was a natural fit, to have swans gliding on ice."
The costuming has also been refined for this new production, with some dazzling and sophisticated designs from renowned costumier Albina Gabueva of Moscow's Stanislavsky Theatre, and made by the famous Bolshoi Ballet's costume cutters.
Swan Lake on Ice is performed to Tchaikovsky's magnificent and well-loved score, against lavish backdrops and scenery created by one of Australasia's leading scenic designers, Eamon D'Arcy.
Whether you've seen The Imperial Ice Stars' Swan Lake on Ice before or have yet to experience the thrill of world-class ice skating in the intimacy of the theatre, this dramatic new ice interpretation of one of the most popular ballets will have you on the very edge of your seat.