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    Many rave about an all male Swan Lake - having seen some clips I have to say it is not something that would interest me.

    So what is the case for an all make Swan Lake?

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    I haven't seen an all-male production, but I remember reading an article that claimed that the male swans were more aggressive, sinister, alien, and that that made the story more gripping, in keeping with the evil-enchantment theme.

    But I find Swan Lake gripping enough already...
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    maybe - but Odette - is a girl ...

    if it's all male - how does the love story work? is the prince gay

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    Look up 'all-male Swan Lake' in Wikipedia (wish I had done, before posting). The all-male ballet appears to have a different plot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingenue View Post
    Look up 'all-male Swan Lake' in Wikipedia (wish I had done, before posting). The all-male ballet appears to have a different plot.
    But there was a fuss about them several years ago...plot shmot you can keep the daft looking twits.
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    That's a show I probably wouldn't buy a ticket to. But as far as the all-male thing, did you know that the world's first ballet company, The Paris Opera Ballet, had an all-male cast for it's first 15 years of existence. The cast included the reigning monarch, Louis XIV, an avid dancer who performed 80 roles in 40 major ballets.
    Imagine if that happened today - a male politician in tights. Do you think the late-night comedians would have something to say about that?

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    Its kind of a cool idea. I like these reimaginings, always cool to try new things

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    I would NOT go to see such a horrendous thing!! What, is Male-Odette going to dance with Male-Siegfried who also dances with Male-Odile? Isn't that sickening to see on stage - men in tutus? Hahahahahahhahaaha!!!

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    The ending of the movie Billy Elliot, shows him debuting in the ballet in question, I believe.

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    I'm guessing that it's nothing like this...


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    Quote Originally Posted by mstar View Post
    I would NOT go to see such a horrendous thing!! What, is Male-Odette going to dance with Male-Siegfried who also dances with Male-Odile? Isn't that sickening to see on stage - men in tutus? Hahahahahahhahaaha!!!
    Just imagine David Bowie in a tutu <3 hawt~ :3

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    I've seen two productions that might be what you're describing.

    One is excerpts from Swan Lake performed by the comedy drag troupe Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, which is as campy/silly as you'd expect a comedy drag show to be.

    The other is Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, where the prince is under the control of a cold and uncaring queen mother, the Swan is male, the corps of swans are male, the love story is same-sex, and Odile is either the Swan or a guy who looks a lot like him who encounters the prince at a party but turns out to be cruel. The cast isn't all male but large portions of Act II are. The choreography is completely redone to suit male dancers although Petipa homage is there if you know where to look. The most affecting moment is at the end of Act II, where the prince, back in his mundane world after the adventure with the Swan, runs off under the streetlights ecstatic over the magic he has just witnessed. Unfortunately a lot of the human-human interactions don't take themselves seriously enough to carry the story successfully, imho, and it falls short of the lovely adaptation that it could be.
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    No interest here.
    Wouldn't like an all female one either.
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    the Takarazuka Revue should do Swan Lake

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    Looking at some of the reviews on Amazon is hilarious - some people unwittingly bought the all male story as a preview to taking little Sara (or whoever) to see the Royal Ballet doing swan lake.

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