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Listen: Sara Cox backstage at The Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake on BBC Radio 2

Radio DJ meets Royal Ballet Principal Thiago Soares, explores backstage and takes her mum to her first-ever ballet.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

25 February 2015 at 11.04am | Comment on this article

‘I feel that the general consensus is that ballet is quite an exclusive thing to do’, says BBC Radio DJ Sara Cox just before the matinee performance of Swan Lake.

‘That’s true. It’s seen to be for posh people’, agrees her mother Jackie Williams, soon to see her first ballet. ‘So, it’s rather good that cinemas are now showing live theatre, live opera and live ballet. It’s amazing, and it’s happening at my local cinema too. After seeing it live, I may then go and see it from the theatre at the cinema!’

Sara took her mother to see a matinee performance of Swan Lake last week. Before the performance, she explored the cavernous backstage area (‘It’s like an airport hangar!’) and met Royal Ballet Principal Thiago Soares.

‘We all dream of Swan Lake when starting your career’, says Thiago. ‘It’s a well-known title for everyone and there’s a very special magic to it. It’s the classic of the classics! The two principal roles are very demanding, requiring acting and classical technique, and it’s everything that leading dancers want to achieve.’

Listen to the feature here:

 

The production is given with generous philanthropic support from Celia Blakey, John and Susan Burns, Doug and Ceri King, Peter Lloyd and Gail Ronson. Original Production (1987) and revival (2000) supported by The Linbury Trust.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

25 February 2015 at 11.04am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Backstage, Ballet, BBC, BBC Radio 2, by anthony dowell, listen, Production, Radio 2, Royal Ballet, Sara Cox, Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet, Thiago Soares

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