Two reviews of the Australian Ballet in "Swan Lake."
Murphy’s re-interpretation of the classical ballet draws on a real ‘eternal triangle’ within the British monarchy that had an unexpectedly tragic end. The dancing was suitably charged with emotion, from Siegfried’s rejection of Odette that started at their gorgeously staged wedding, to the Baroness’s implacable lack of pity for her rival. Harris danced superbly, with a proprietary air in her dealings with Siegfried that did not endear her character to the audience but was a faultless piece of acting.
Ditching the good and evil dichotomy of the traditional Swan Lake, Murphy gives us believable, complex characters caught in a royal love triangle. Lana Jones is luminous as the seductive Baroness von Rothbart, full of magnetic confidence. Amber Scott's Odette is a pale flower in comparison, brittle and easily rattled. Adam Bull, as the unfaithful Prince Siegfried, reaches previously unseen heights of dramatic fervour.