Adding to their array of performing at world-renowned venues, The Imperial Ice Stars will this week be performing Swan Lake on Ice in the grounds of the King of Spain’s royal residence, The Royal Palace.
Opening their Madrid season last week, the company have created a stunning theatrical setting using lights and staging to compliment Europe’s biggest Royal Palace as their backdrop and add this amazing venue to others such as the Royal Albert Hall in London, Castle Howard in North Yorkshire and Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.
The Imperial Ice Stars have already received standing ovations from Spanish audiences on their previous tours (Swan Lake on Ice and Cinderella on Ice) and have earned outstanding reviews with their adrenaline-infused performances.
This production of Swan Lake on Ice features exhilarating new choreography and some of the world’s most stylish dancing on ice 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 25 World, European and National Championship skaters, who between them hold more than 250 competition medals, take contemporary ice dance to a new level 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.
The show is performed on the stage of the annual festival of Madrid called "VERANOS DE LA VILLA" JARDINES SABATINI. Using the stage in its normal form, the production team from The Imperial Ice Stars commence work on building an ice rink....not an easy task in 40 degree heat. Using (km) 15 miles of pipework, 5 tonnes of crushed ice and 48 hours of manpower the team continually spray the ice with water to build the ice levels up. Once done, the final touches of the set, lighting and sound are installed, creating an outdoor theatre. Lighting is also installed around the grounds of the Palace, all adding to this magical setting.
The irony of using the Palace as a backdrop to such a royal story is not lost on the promoters. Iñaki Fernandez, of the Let's Go Company says "We have been working with The Imperial Ice Stars for over a year now and recognised the quality of the production. We always wanted to do something unusual and so when I watched Swan Lake on Ice on tour last year and saw the scene from the Royal Palace, I immediately started thinking about whether we could do it for real. Seven months later and we are proud to have the official residence of our King as a stunning backdrop to this breathtaking show."
Built in 1734 on the site of an old alcazar, The Royal Palace is the largest Royal Palace in Europe with 2800 rooms, an incredible 135,000 km². Notable for its wealth of art, no two rooms are decorated the same, probably one of the reasons it took 26 years to complete. Whilst the Palace is the official residence of the King of Spain, the Palace is now only used for state dinners and events as the King resides at Palacio de la Zarzuela.
Swan Lake on ice will be performed from 1st to 10th July at Jardines De Sabatini. Tickets from €20.00.
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Swan Lake on Ice
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