Inside Story: Lake of fire

Under the stewardship of Matthew Bourne, Tchaikovsky's classic Swan Lake is coming to Dublin for the first time - with several spicy twists. It's ballet, but not as we know it, writes Catherine Murphy.

26th January, 2014
Tchaikovsky's classic Swan Lake is coming to Dublin for the first time. Picture: Ian Gavan/Getty

In the costume department of Sadler's Wells theatre in London hangs a row of feathered pantaloons, lifeless and begging description. We conduct a minor inspection and find lycra cycling shorts beneath a cascade of feathers. They're tiny.

It's difficult to imagine that in two hours' time, these limp-looking costumes will take flight in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake. It's almost harder to imagine that they'll be worn by 15 muscular male dancers.

The feathered pantaloons are designer...

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