History was made on August 26,2018 at Ruby Event Center, Port Harcourt, Nigeria as the Classical Romantic Ballet “Swan Lake” was premiered for the first time in Nigeria by the True Gold Ballet School before an Audience of over one thousand (1000) people. Directed by the young Nigerian Imeak Gold Akpan, the Ballet made a lasting impression in the minds of everyone who watched it.
Nigeria witnessed the graceful ballet story of Odette, the cursed princess who was made to live as a Swan by day and a Human at Night by the magic spell of evil Von Rothbart, a curse only broken by marriage to her true love.This performance employed the use of narrations before each act so as to make it relatable to the audience.
Swan lake was not short of Screams, amazement, applause as the determination, energy and agility of the swans amazed everyone. it was way above amazing putting the age grade of the dancers to consideration.The audience could not hide their love for the lead dancers Ify brown Dike and Happiness Ekong as they didn’t fail to deliver despite the challenging dance arena.
The corps de ballet (Swans) also amazed the audience with their uniformity and gracefulness. According to an observer, “They danced with one mind,the stage was not just enough to contain their gracefulness
“Swan Lake” in Nigeria without doubt was a huge success and with more support it promises to get bigger.
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