World class ice skaters return to the UK for major national tour 2007/07

02 May 06

The world’s leading theatrical ice skating company, The Imperial Ice Stars, returns to the UK with a dazzling brand new production - Swan Lake on Ice

"The Imperial Ice Stars are to skating what Cirque du Soleil is to circus: inspiring, original and great theatre”

Diana Simmonds, Sunday Telegraph

Opening a 26 week national tour at The Lowry in Salford week commencing 16th October 2006, (national press night Wednesday 18 October) and includes a 3 week Christmas season at the Wales Millennium Centre from 21 December – 7 January. See 2006 tour dates below.

The Imperial Ice Stars enjoyed phenomenal success with their first UK tour in 2005 with The Sleeping Beauty On Ice, a thrilling production that amazed audiences in 10 countries, playing to over 500,000 people worldwide, in prestigious venues such as London’s Sadler’s Wells, the Amsterdam Opera House and Cape Town’s Artscape. Audiences and critics were united in their praise, with the show receiving nightly standing ovations.

Swan Lake On Ice comes to the UK straight from a sell-out tour of Australia and New Zealand, as part of an 80-week world tour, which will also take in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the USA.

OLGA SHARUTENKO, star of the recent TV show Dancing On Ice plays the role of Odette, leading a 25-strong cast of Olympic, World, European and National Championship skaters, who between them have won over 200 competition medals.

The popularity of ice skating has never been higher with rinks across the country reporting a phenomenal rise in numbers of skaters and would-be skaters.  Swan Lake on Ice is the ideal opportunity to see how the disciplines and technical demands of world class ice dancing can be taken to the highest possible artistic levels.

The timeless story of Swan Lake, which is performed to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, tells the tale of Prince Siegfried, who falls in love with Odette, a woman transformed into a swan by an evil curse. Odette is destined to remain a strange composite creature, until rescued by a man's undying love.  Only the evil Rothbart and his daughter, the black swan Odile, stand in her way of release from the curse.

The Imperial Ice Stars beautifully portray the story of Swan Lake and are destined to thrill audiences with their skill and sublime acrobatic dexterity.  The production showcases stunning Olympic-level skating in the intimacy of the theatre – breathtaking triple flips, awe-inspiring aerial gymnastics, double axels, death spirals, bielmanns, triple throw axels and spectacular high speed lifts, unique to the Imperial Ice Stars’ performance.

“Elegant, sophisticated, stylish and, above all, supremely accomplished”

The Daily Telegraph

The worlds leading ice director and choreographer, Tony Mercer, has assembled a first class creative team which includes double Olympic figure skating gold medallist Evgeni Platov and quadruple Olympic gold medallist Alexei Nemov.  Together they have created an unrivalled show incorporating all the intricate and thrilling moves seen at the Winter Olympics and feats never before seen in figure skating.  .

Sumptuous sets have been designed by leading Australian designer Eamon D'Arcy, (Designer of the Opening Ceremony at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.)  Over 110 richly decorative costumes have been created specially by Albena Galubeva from Moscow's famed Stanislavsky Theatre.

Swan Lake on Ice is a truly spectacular and unique theatrical extravaganza and a show for all ages. If you enjoyed The Imperial Ice Stars’ Sleeping Beauty on Ice, be prepared for the awesome experience of Swan Lake on Ice.

Produced by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Imperial Ice Theatre

and David Atkins Enterprises.


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